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MichaelFest

A variety of free events are planned over 23 September to 5 October to celebrate the completion of our improvements to the Michaelhouse chancel, and the feast of St Michael, which traditionally marks the start of Autumn.

To guarantee a place please email sarah@michaelhouse.org.uk or call 01223 309 167. These are free events with a suggested donation of £3 towards funds for our mental health projects.

HERITAGE TOUR OF CAMBRIDGE’S OLDEST COLLEGE CHAPEL with Yvonne Pinchen
Hear about the history of this early Saxon church, its role as a college chapel, the college founder and the influence of the Gothic Revival movement in the C19th.
Friday 27th September. Starts 10.30am then repeats on Tuesday 1st October at 2.30pm (1.5 hours)

THE PERSE FOUNDATION CONCERT Students perform music in a wide variety of styles for instruments and voices, ranging from solo items to music for small ensembles. This concert will include some solos for piano. The programme is released a week before the concert. Friday 27th September. Concert starts at 12.30pm (30 minutes)

MICHAELHOUSE SINGERS OPEN DAY WORKSHOP
An open event for anyone who wants to explore the benefits of singing for mental health and well-being. Much of the material is well-known, from the world of musical theatre. No experience necessary. Friendly, supportive and open to all ages and levels.
Friday 27th September and Friday 4th October at 2.30pm (1hr)

SATURDAY JAZZ JUKEBOX with “All that Jazz” duo
Grab a coffee or afternoon tea, take a seat and join us for this informal hour of feelgood jazz classics and requests. Our guest performers this month are “All that Jazz” – with our very own Helen Orr and guest musicians. The show is a mix of performances and requests of jazz favourites in an informal setting. Audiences are welcome to sing along! In her previous musical life Helen worked with acid jazzers The James Taylor Quartet and sang in the clubs of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania before finding her way to Cambridge to work with Great St Mary’s Church. Saturday 28th October. Arrive at 2.30pm to order refreshments from the cafe. Music from 3.00pm (1hr)

BACK FROM THE BRINK. HOW TO SAVE A SPECIES
Jess Betts (Fauna & Flora International) explores issues facing the planet’s most endangered species and how we can protect them.   Fauna & Flora International protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and taking account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide, FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, it is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity. Wednesday 2nd October 2.30pm (1.5 hrs) includes Q&A time.

ANGELIC TALES FROM AROUND THE WORLD with Cambridge Storyteller Marion Leeper This session is for pupils from Park Street School Yrs 5 and 6. If you are interested in attending there may be some spaces left. Please email sarah@michaelhouse.org.uk in the first instance. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Thursday 3rd October at 10.30am

LUNCHTIME TALK: MUSIC THERAPY RESEARCH FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA. RECENT DEVELOPMENTS with Professor Helen Odell-Miller OBE, Director of Cambridge Institute for Music Therapy Research at Anglia Ruskin University Helen is currently lead researcher for the UK arm of the international EU/Alzheimer’s Society UK funded multi-site research project, HOMESIDE, an RCT trial for home-based music therapy for people with dementia and their family carer. For over forty years, Helen’s research and clinical work has contributed to establishing music therapy as a profession – and specifically to innovating approaches for adult and older people’s mental health, including early links between music therapy and psychoanalysis. Friday 4th October 1.00pm (1hr)

We will be showing an exhibition of artwork from the Anglian Learning secondary schools and sixth form from 16-28 September as part of our Michaelfest celebrations. The exhibition is called PLATFORM 19. Schools taking part are Bassingbourn Village College, Bottisham Village College, The Netherall School, The Oakes College Cambridge and Sawston Village College.

To guarantee a place please email: sarah@michaelhouse.org.uk or call 01223 309 167. Donations towards our mental health support initiatives are welcome.