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If you are wondering what to do this weekend, fear not - the Festival has a jam-packed programme of events to keep you entertained. Whether it's Canterbury Cathedral by candlelight or an exploration of what defines the internationally recognised 'Canterbury Sound', there's a delectable smorgasbord of events on offer to suit all musical tastes... 





Cabaret, Opera, and a large slice of Le Gateau Chocolat







Le Gateau Chocolat

Friday 27 October | 7pm | Festival Spiegeltent

Opera and Lycra-loving cabaret sensation Le Gateau Chocolat storms into Canterbury with his latest work, Icons. Walking the tightrope between his public and private personas, Le Gateau Chocolat explores relationships with our icons - the people, the moments, the books, the relationships that have come to shape us, or the ideal we aspire to.

Expect an eclectic mix of music - pop to opera, Kate Bush and Whitney, Elvis to Pavarotti - as Le Gateau investigates his own objects of worship through the songs and music of his personal icons.


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Choral music by candlelight in the Cathedral








Saturday 28 October | 8pm | Canterbury Cathedral

Described as ?phenomenal' (The Times )and ?devastatingly beautiful' (Gramophone Magazine), Tenebrae is recognised as one of the world's finest vocal ensembles.
To mark their fifteenth anniversary, Tenebrae (with Director Nigel Short) is reviving its first major commission - Path of Miracles by Joby Talbot. Based on the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela, the work received dazzling reviews when it premiered in 2005. Tenebrae continues its dedication to dramatic programming, flawless performances and unforgettable experiences, allowing audiences to be moved by the power and intimacy of the human voice.


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Canterbury's signature sound takes centre stage







The Canterbury Sound: Talks and Live Music

Saturday 28 October | 10.30am | Augustine Hall

The term ?Canterbury Sound' is used to refer to the signature psychedelic and progressive rock developed by artists such as Caravan, and Soft Machine. This event explores Canterbury as a metaphor and reality, a symbolic space of music inspiration.

The programme includes performances from the SoupSongs, assembled with the participation of ?Canterbury Sound' founding figure Robert Wyatt, Lapis Lazuli, Jack Hues and the Quartet, and Koloto. The day also presents a series of discussions with artists, cultural intermediates, and academics.


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Can Mikhail Rudy make you hear the sound of colours?







Mikhail Rudy

Sunday 29 October | 7.30pm | Colyer-Fergusson Hall

Mikhail Rudy was close to Marc Chagall in his last years. Having given his first concert in the West with Rostropovich and Isaac Stern for Chagall's 90th birthday, the pianist subsequently met the artist on numerous occasions.
In collaboration with the Chagall family, who allowed him to use unpublished sketches of artist Marc Chagall's for the ceiling of the Opera Garnier, Mikhail Rudy has created an animated film which he accompanies with music from Gluck, Mozart, Wagner, Debussy and Ravel.


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A classical recreation of the romantic life of Frederic Chopin







Henry Goodman and Dame Harriet Walter narrate Chopin's tempestuous relationship

Friday 27 October | 7.30pm | Shirley Hall

Henry Goodman and Dame Harriet Walter narrate Chopin's tempestuous relationship with his feminist lover George Sand during their time together in Majorca. Created by pianist Lucy Parham from the pair's letters and diaries, the story is sprinkled with dreamy Nocturnes, whirling waltzes and challenging Ballades.
A compelling exploration of a love affair through the melodic genius and inimitable lyricism of Chopin's music.


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Boogie Nights with Harvey and the New Wallbangers







Harvey and the Newbangers

Saturday 28 October | 8pm | Festival Spiegeltent

As an Eighties jazz vocal harmony group, Harvey and the Wallbangers played all the major festivals and leading concert halls in Europe and the UK.

Now reformed and led by Harvey Brough, expect classics like Boogie Nights, Sh' Boom, Your Feet's Too Big, Sweet Talkin' Guy, Blue Skies, Sunny Side of the Street and much more. If you loved them the first time round, or want to hear great songs backed by an ace rhythm section, here's your chance.


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A Dose of Soulful Saxophone on Sunday Morning







The Katy Windsor & Ginger Bennett Jazz Trio

Sunday 29 October | 11am | Festival Spiegeltent

Bring in Sunday morning with a sublime blend of Ginger's sensuous vocals and Katy's soulful saxophone, beautifully married with the sensitive piano playing of Mick Bishop.

These three seasoned musicians bring you songs from The Great American Song Book through to modern ballads, all played with a delicate, playful dexterity. A must-see in your Festival diary.



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