Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2024

Sounds Green

Cambridge University Botanic Garden

On Wednesday evenings in July, Cambridge University Botanic Garden rings to the sound of live music when we present Sounds Green – the best in open-air music. Bring a rug and a picnic. Food, ice creams and drinks on sale. Open to all ages. Music from 6.15pm. Garden closes at 8.30pm.

PLEASE NOTE: All paying visitors should buy garden entrance tickets in advance via the Botanic Garden website, available for purchase from June. Tickets may also be available on the gate, but this cannot be guaranteed. Friends of the Botanic Garden and CU students are admitted free. Retiring collection towards artists’ costs.

Prime Brass

Wednesday 3 July

Well-known for its performances at the lighter end of the musical spectrum and popular family concerts, local ensemble Prime Brass comprises a 12-strong band of trumpets, French horn, trombones, tuba and percussion. With something for young and old alike expect toe-tapping music that is sure to have you up and dancing! 

Book garden entrance tickets from June.

Arun Ghosh Quintet

Wednesday 10 July

The Arun Ghosh Quintet brings its trademark Indo- Jazz to Sounds Green. Conceived in Calcutta, bred in Bolton, matured in Manchester and living in London, Arun Ghosh is a leading light on the UK jazz scene, captivating audiences with his passionate and dynamic performance style, and a healthy dose of rock ‘n’ roll spirit.

Book garden entrance tickets from June.

Hannah Horton

Wednesday 17 July

Hannah is an award-winning saxophonist and composer, bandleader, and successful recording artist. Her strong, clear tone, powerful rhythmic sense and compelling sense of melody make her an unmistakeable voice on the scene. She has an honest, engaging and uninhibitedly personal take on jazz.

Book garden entrance tickets from June.

Mighty Like The Blues

Wednesday 24 July

Featuring legendary guitarist Jim Mullen, Mighty Like The Blues explore the deep legacy of the blues with passion and intensity. Expect to hear blues of all styles and in all forms, from the low-down gut-bucket to the sophisticated blue-ballad, all played with the group’s trademark heartfelt intensity.

Book garden entrance tickets from June

Cores Do Samba

Wednesday 31 July

Led by Brazilian singer Caru Lins, the group explores the infectious, rhythmic and uplifting music of Brazil, especially the ’MPB’ style (Música Popular Brasileira), plus samba, bossa nova and funk, and songs by Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque, João Donato, Tom Jobim, Djavan, Joyce and Ivan Lins.

Book garden entrance tickets from June.