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Alan Barnes Octet

appearing at

Stapleford Granary

Stapleford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

Thursday 1st of December 2022

7.45pm - 9.00pm

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Alan Barnes Octet


Live Performance



Thursday 1 December | 7:45pm

Doors & bar 6:45pm | Concert 7:45pm, ends 9:00pm, no interval

Tickets £22 / £11 (under 25) www.staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/events/alan-barnes-octet-copperfield-at-christmas or Box Office 01223 849004

Alan Barnes, saxophone, clarinets & narration | Bruce Adams, trumpet | Mark Nightingale, trombone | Robert Fowler & Karen Sharp, saxophones & clarinet | David Newton, piano | Simon Thorpe, bass | Clark Tracey, drums

'Barnes is a true Dickensian. He is a serious reader of the novels.

It is a clear blunder of providence that he was born too late to appear in their pages!'

Hot News

David Copperfield by Charles Dickens was first published in serial form from May 1849 to November 1850. Inspired by the larger-than-life characters and the drama of Dickens' immensely likeable story, 'Copperfield' is a new jazz suite created by inimitable performer and composer Alan Barnes.

The story is narrated by Barnes reading scenes from the original Dickens text, interspersed with music performed by eight virtuoso musicians who bring the characters and scenes to life. A cheery clarinet plays Copperfield, the lost orphan Little Em’ly is a lyrical tenor, Mr Dick flies his kite in the personage of a soaring flugelhorn and trombone, Mr Micawber expresses 'something will turn up!' on the piano and Uriah Heep writhes around on the bass clarinet. Just as we see David progress through the trials of his life, so the movements of this suite develop along with him. Music and readings to inspire the full range of Dickens’s imagination and emotion: from loneliness and remorse to love and irresistible joy.

Stapleford Granary

Venue Type

Arts Centre and Venue

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Stapleford Granary is an arts centre built on the vision and values of the Association for Cultural Exchange: fostering cultural understanding – from local to worldwide, historical to contemporary - through education. Our cultural curiosity and passion for cross-arts collaboration lies at the heart of what we do, illustrated in our programming, artist residencies, research, workshops and exhibitions. Over the next 5 years, we’ll be exploring more ways to support our belief in the arts to change and enrich lives and envisage new ways of thinking.

no interval

Bury Road,





CB22 5BP.

01223 849 004


Parking AvailableFree ParkingToiletsDisabled AccessFamily FriendlyCoffee Served

Admission Charges

Adult : £22.00

Child (Under 16) : £11.00

Concessions : £11.00

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