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Stapleford Granary

Stapleford Granary

Bury Road
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire

CB22 5BP

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01223 849 004


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About Stapleford Granary

Venue Type: Arts Centre and Venue

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.


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APOLLO - Saxophone Quartet Journey Acrossthe Impossible


Friday 7 October | 7:45pm

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

Tickets £22 / £11 (under 25) Book online https://www.staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/events/apollo-saxophone-quartet or call box office 01223849004

Rob Buckland, soprano saxophone | Carl Raven, alto saxophone | Andy Scott, tenor saxophone | Jim Fieldhouse, baritone saxophone

Journey Across the Impossible: Music with Silent Film

The Black Imp - Rob Buckland
The Dancing Pig - Andy Scott
The Acrobatic Fly - Rob Buckland
The New York Hat - Rob Buckland
The Birth of the Big Gun - Will Gregory
The Collapse of the Bridge over The Tacoma Narrows - Will Gregory
The Man with a Rubber Head - Carl Raven
The Infernal Cake-Walk - Jim Fieldhouse
Journey to the Moon - Jim Fieldhouse / Carl Raven
Dream of a Rarebit Fiend - Will Gregory

'A unique virtuosic banquet'

- Classical Music Magazine

Quirky, thought-provoking and often bizarre, Journey Across the Impossible has been created by the award-winning Apollo Saxophone Quartet combining old silent film with enthralling new music. This captivating and intriguing programme is performed live by the quartet, without click tracks or any electronic synchronisation, re-creating the original ethos of performing music to accompany silent film, reacting and responding to the images on the screen in the absence of any dialogue.

Georges Melies’ Trio of Cinema Wonders features three experimental films from 1906: The Black Imp (which uses early freeze frame techniques to create the Imp’s magical powers), the witty and unforgettable The Dancing Pig and the slightly disturbing The Acrobatic Fly.The Collapse of the Bridge over the Tacoma Narrows is an early disaster movie using extraordinary archive and amateur footage and the comedic Dream of a Rarebit Fiend is a live-action film adaptation of the original comic strip by American cartoonist Winsor McCay. Mary Pickford, one of the most famous actors of the early silent film era, stars in the charming New York Hat depicting a tale of neighbourhood gossip in early 20th century USA.

Formed in 1985 at the Royal Northern College of Music, the Apollo Saxophone Quartet has been at the forefront of the contemporary music scene for over 35 years. They have generated the largest contribution to the saxophone quartet repertoire in the UK, commissioning and premiering over one hundred works, many of which have become core repertoire and are performed by quartets worldwide. Naturally innovative and exploratory, their bespoke projects include educational work and cross-genre collaborations. The group has recorded seven CDs of commissioned music including a DECCA (Argo) CD that reached number 3 in the classical charts.

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Liam Noble Trio at Stapleford Granary


Sunday 9 October | 12:00pm

Doors 11:00am | Concert 12:00pm, ends c.1:00pm, no interval

Tickets £18 / £9 (under 25) Box Office 01223 849004

Liam Noble, piano & keyboards | Tom Herbert, electric bass | Sebastian Rochford, drums

'pianist Liam Noble’s terrific ‘The Long Game’ is a rhythmically wily, electronics-steeped adventure'

- The Guardian

Liam Noble has earned a reputation as one of Britain’s most versatile and inventive pianists, as a soloist, leader and sideman, combining knowledge of the tradition with a willingness to experiment. His most recent album, ‘The Long Game’, recorded with the iconic Polar Bear rhythm section, has gained numerous 4 and 5 star reviews. It’s a compelling mix of acoustic piano and electronics, an abstract yet vibrant set of compositions, both intricate and loose.

After studying music at Oxford University and jazz at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, Liam Noble started to build a reputation of note. He became the regular pianist with Stan Sulzmann and went on to work with Anita Wardell, Harry Beckett, Bobby Wellins, Kenny Wheeler and John Stevens as well as recording and touring with cult minimalist composer Moondog. During this period he also performed with John Taylor as part of Stan Sulzmann’s two piano quintet. His first album ‘Close Your Eyes’ contained a mix of standards, originals and improvisations and this mixture of approaches has characterized his music ever since. In 2004 Liam recorded the acclaimed 'Romance Among The Fishes' with guitarist Phil Robson. His 2009 trio album ‘Brubeck’ gained an almost unprecedented 5 star review in The Guardian and was described by the dedicatee Dave Brubeck as 'an inspiration and a challenge for me to carry on in the avenues that you have opened'.

This concert is presented in association with Cambridge Modern Jazz

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Espen Eriksen Trio at Stapleford Granary

Genre: JAZZ


Friday 14 October | 7:45pm

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

Tickets £22 / £11 (under 25) Book online https://www.staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/events/espen-erikson-trio or Box Office 01223 849004

Espen Eriksen, piano | Lars Tormod Jenset, double bass | Andreas Bye, drums

'Superb musicians on top of their game'

- Spencer Grady, BBC Music

Espen Eriksen Trio was formed in 2007 and has released six critically acclaimed records on the Norwegian label Rune Grammofon. The trio’s unique and acclaimed sound is founded upon highly melodic and lyrical instrumentals, described by the Independent as 'delicate, ambiently inclined'.

The trio has an ongoing collaboration with British saxophonist Andy Sheppard, resulting in the 2018 album Perfectly Unhappy and multiple sold out tours in Europe, including two concerts at the London Jazz Festival broadcast by BBC Radio. Espen Eriksen Trio’s latest studio album, 'End Of Summer', was recorded during lockdown and is a collection of captivating and lyrical songs, often melancholic and uplifting at the same time described by Jazz Journal as 'impeccably performed, full of crisp, beguiling melodies and improvisations that are thoughtful without neglecting feeling'.

'Captivating sense of lyricism, something of a lost art'
- Jazzwise

This concert is presented in association with Cambridge Modern Jazz

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Martin Roscoe Piano concert at Stapleford Granary



Saturday 22 October | 7:45pm

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

Tickets £22 / £11 (under 25) Book online https://www.staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/events/martin-roscoe or Box Office 01223 849004

Martin Roscoe, piano

Joseph Haydn - Andante and Variations in F minor, HobXVII/6

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Rondo in A minor, K511

Johannes Brahms - 3 Intermezzi, op. 117

Ludwig van Beethoven - Sonata in A flat, op. 110

With an extraordinary career spanning over five decades, Martin Roscoe is unarguably one of the UK’s best loved pianists. He has a repertoire of over 100 concertos, performed or recorded, and works regularly with many of the UK’s leading orchestras, touring extensively every season as recitalist and chamber musician. Martin has made over 600 broadcasts, including seven BBC Prom appearances and many commercial recordings for labels including Hyperion, Chandos and Naxos. He has recorded the complete piano music of Dohnányi, Nielsen and Szymanowski and four discs in the Hyperion Romantic Piano Concerto series. For the Deux-Elles label, Martin has recorded the complete Beethoven piano sonatas, which received unanimous critical acclaim. Martin is Professor of Piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and Artistic Director of Ribble Valley International Piano Week and the Manchester Chamber Concerts Society.

​Martin's programme is drawn from the heart of the Austro-German Classical repertoire for which he is especially loved. Haydn's subtitle 'un piccolo divertimento' belies the intricacy and ingenuity of his F minor Variations; and the Mozart Rondo which follows is similarly deft, a composition of depth and intensity from the composer-virtuoso at the height of his mature style. A triptych of suitably autumnal pieces by Brahms offers an interlude of warmth and contemplation before this glorious programme concludes with the drama of Beethoven's towering late A flat Sonata.

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Josh Kemp Quartet - A Love Supreme

Genre: JAZZ


Friday 28 October | 7:45pm

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

Tickets £22 / £11 (under 25) book online www.staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/events/a-love-supreme-josh-kemp-quartet and Box office 01223 849004

Josh Kemp, saxophone | Alex Hutton, piano | Dave Mannington, double bass | Steve Storey, drums

'A mix of Getzian breeziness and Coltrane's imploring cry.'

- The Guardian

A jazz saxophonist with a gift for melody, Josh Kemp is known for his lyrical improvising style and imaginative compositions and collaborations. Part of a major UK tour, the Coltrane Project is Kemp's personal tribute to John Coltrane and his 1964 studio album A Love Supreme, one of the jazz world's biggest selling records. This seminal and unique album represents the peak of Coltrane’s artistic achievement and of his musical journey from bebop to the avant-garde of 1960s jazz. Along with pianist Alex Hutton, Kemp has studied Coltrane's original material, yielding an authentic yet personal recreation of the Love Supreme suite. The programme emphasises the lyrical and communicative music of John Coltrane and is accompanied by a video backdrop of images of Coltrane, including real-time scrolling of the words of Coltrane’s ‘Psalm’, which provides the basis for the improvisation, and carries the meaning and message of the whole work.

Josh is a member of the e17 Jazz collective based in Walthamstow, London. After studying philosophy at Oxford, Josh trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Trinity Laban Conservatoire, winning prizes and scholarships for his playing and studies. Since then he has released five albums and completed four Arts Council funded tours, including collaborations with Pianist Tim Lapthorn and Organist Ross Stanley. Current projects include a standards quartet with Nigel Price and Andy Clynedert, and work with singers Liz Fletcher and Shireen Francis as part of his Sunday night sessions in Walthamstow.

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Bill Laurance , piano - Jazz Concert at Stapleford Granary

Genre: Jazz Pianist


Friday 4 November | 7:45pm

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

Tickets £22 / £11 (under 25) book online www.staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/events/billlaurance or Box Office 01223 849004

Bill Laurance, piano

Bill Laurance is a London-based, multi-GRAMMY award-winning pianist, composer and arranger, whose rise to fame with the renowned outfit Snarky Puppy has paved the way for a flourishing solo career.

Following four acclaimed albums as a bandleader and his numerous collaborative and session appearances, Bill Laurance's creatively motivated move into solo performance is one of several developments in his career. He has also established his own record label - Flint Music - and created music for film, notably the feature documentary Remember My Name and a film score for Un Traductor, both receiving nominations at Sundance Film Festival 2017 and 2018 respectively. His four solo albums draw inspiration from the people and places he has encountered, distilling them into powerful musical portraits. Mike Flynn in Jazzwise Magazine described Cables (2019) as 'heartfelt and complex, sophisticated and soulful, menacing and mesmerising, Cables is as reflective as it is exhilarating'.

Laurance has worked with renowned artists including David Crosby, Morcheeba, Salif Keita, Laura Mvula, Jacob Collier, Carlos Malta, The Metropole Orchestra and the WDR Big Band. He has also worked extensively in the dance world with companies including Alvin Ailey, Ballet Rambert, Matthew Bourne's Adventures in Motion Pictures, Phoenix Dance, Northern Ballet Theatre and the English National Ballet.

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Trish Clowes & Ross Stanley - Jazz concert at Stapleford Granary

Genre: JAZZ


Sunday 6 November | 12:00pm

Doors from 11:00am | Concert 12:00pm, ends c.1:00pm, no interval

Tickets £18 | £9 (under 25) book online www.staplefordgranary.org.uk/whats-on/events/trish-clowes-and-ross-stanley Box Office 01223 849004

Trish Clowes, saxophone | Ross Stanley, piano

'a beguilingly inventive mix of shadow and luminosity… lyrical warmth tempered by a certain shady spookiness'

- Jim Gilchrist, The Scotsman

The prolific and versatile British saxophonist/composer Trish Clowes has been described as 'an improviser to be reckoned with' (Downbeat Magazine) and 'one of the most agile and original jugglers of improv and adventurous composition to have appeared in the UK in recent times' (The Guardian). She has written for ensembles as substantial as the London Sinfonietta and the BBC Concert Orchestra whilst her eloquent and refined work with smaller groups has won her widespread critical acclaim. Her recent (7th) album - A View with a Room - was described by The Guardian as 'a rich mix of cinematic landscape evocation, funky guitar grooves, dreamy reveries spun off minimalist patterns and fluently unclichéd improv'.

Notable career performances include the Barbican, Toronto Jazz Festival, Rochester International Jazz Festival, Royal Festival Hall, Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club and Wigmore Hall where she is currently an artist-in-residence. Clowes is an ambassador for the charity forRefugees and teaches at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Royal Academy of Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatoire.

Ross Stanley is one of the UK’s leading jazz pianists and organists, known for his flowing and lyrical playing. He regularly performs with musicians including Dennis Rollins, Guy Barker, Joel Frahm, Liane Carroll, Stan Sulzman, Steve Arguelles, John Paracelli, Bobby Wellins and Clark Tracey and is a regular member of the Jim Mullen and Nigel Price Organ groups.


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