Music, recitals and theatre... it's Festival Week!

Published: 26 May 2009 at 15:11

Five days of festival fun lined up for June at the Recital Hall, Helmore Building and at The Junction

Anglia Ruskin University’s Music and Performing Arts students celebrate the end of this year’s hard work with their annual Festival Week from June 1-5 June 2009. This five-day event showcases the students’ talents through a diverse programme that includes world music, early music, electro-acoustic, jazz music, classical recitals and a double bill of devised theatre.

One of the more unusual offerings includes a performance by the newly formed Anglia Ruskin Gamelan Group. A gamelan is a set of instruments containing up to 25 percussion instruments, mainly tuned metallophones, gongs, xylophones, flutes and drums. Anglia Ruskin owns a Balinese Angklung, which has a four-tone tuning and is traditionally used to accompany festivals and cremation ceremonies. The ensemble, which formed in January, will be playing outside, in the University’s Theatre Square, at East Road, offering a rare opportunity to see and hear these beautiful Indonesian instruments (weather permitting).

Students will play a short selection of traditional pieces to demonstrate how the music is constructed on Monday 1 June at 5pm. They are then followed by the consummately professional Anglia Ruskin Jazz Voices at 8pm.  Other highlights include the delightful sounds of cellist Katarina Majcen who plays with her ensemble on Tuesday 2 June at 8pm.

Anglia Contemporary Theatre takes a double-bill of devised theatre work from graduating Drama students to The Junction on 3 and 4 July at 7.30pm. The two shows, both performed each evening, have a different focus on questions of space and time. From the seriously scientific to the fantastically science fictional, these shows aim to amuse, provoke and astonish their audiences.

Festival Director Alan Rochford communicates the excitement felt in the build up to Festival Week:

“Our June Festival Week marks the climax of our academic year with an action packed few days of wonderful solo and ensemble performances by our student musicians and actors. The standards and variety are quite exceptional - there is something for everyone including classical, jazz, world music and gospel; and of course our amazing drama productions at The Junction. Quality is guaranteed and admission to most events is free.”

For a full programme of the week’s event please visit our website: or contact Festival Director Alan Rochford, Admission is FREE to all performances (except Anglia Contemporary Theatre – Tickets £8 and £5 concessions via the Box Office 01223 511511).