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Music coming up in 2023/24

19 Jun 2023

We have a sensationally diverse live music offer for you in our 2023/24 season including Jeremy Deller’s Acid Brass to Dr Feelgood, from Henge to Brodsky Quartet from Soft Machine to Nouvelle Vague – an epic season of musical legends.

Acid BrassSat 30 Sep, 8pm

Artist and visionary Jeremy Deller combined the people’s music of the past with the people’s music of the present when he united one of the world’s leading works brass bands with acid house

HENGEWed 4 Oct, 8pm

Their music boldly defies definition, occupying a space between rave and prog rock that nobody knew existed. It is energetic, subversive and invigoratingly playful, jovially going ‘where no one has gone before’.

Wild Billy Childish & CTMFFri 27 Oct, 8pm

Childish’s music is often characterized as raw, primal, and uncompromising, drawing inspiration from garage rock, punk, blues, and rockabilly. His lyrics are often introspective and confessional, dealing with themes of love, loss, and the human condition.

Matthew Herbert and The Radiophonic Institute – Sat 7 Oct, Sun 26 Nov & Sat 17 Feb

It’s no stretch to call Matthew Herbert one of the most important British artists of his generation. This season, with a host of collaborators, Matthew will be creating and performing with new musical instrument, writing an audio play in a day, and printing a new book across three connected events. More details to follow but we are excited to be announcing these creative events.

Brodsky QuartetFri 3 Nov, 7.30pm

A natural curiosity and an insatiable desire to explore has propelled the Brodsky Quartet in a number of artistic directions and continues to ensure them not only a prominent presence on the international chamber music scene, but also a rich and varied musical existence.

Ashley WassSat 18 Nov, 7.30pm

Ashley Wass is a British classical pianist known for his imaginative programming and virtuosic performances. He has won numerous awards, including the London Piano Competition and the Mieczysław Munz Prize for piano at the Royal Academy of Music.

Gavin Bryars Ensemble ‘Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet’ Live in Canterbury CathedralFri 5 Apr, 7.00pm

First released in 1975, the piece features a looped recording of a homeless man singing a religious song, which Bryars discovered on the streets of London. The recording is accompanied by a live orchestra playing a simple melody, which gradually builds in intensity and complexity to a moving crescendo.

Haunting, powerful and deeply moving, Jesus’ Blood has been performed across the world and is widely regarded as a landmark work of Twentieth Century classical music.

A celebration of Gavin Bryars’ 80th birthday, presented in association with Canterbury Cathedral.

Nine Below Zero & Dr FeelgoodSat 11 Nov, 8pm

Two of the finest UK Rhythm ‘n’ Blues bands on one incredible bill, Nine Below Zero toured with The Who and The Kinks around the time of this LP and also appeared on ‘The Old Grey Whistle Test’, and ‘The South Bank Show’.

Soft MachineFri 9 Feb, 8pm

One of the greatest UK avant/jazz-rock bands of all time and a key part of the Canterbury Sound, Soft Machine were contemporaries of, and shared stages with, Syd Barrett’s Pink Floyd and the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

Nouvelle VagueWed 6 Mar, 8pm

The French musical collective who took the world by storm with their innovative and sophisticated approach to cover songs, blending bossa nova and other styles with new wave and post-punk classics

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