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Saturday 19 October: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

West Road Concert Hall, Recital Room, 11 West Road, CB3 9DP

“I connect one side to the other, the past to the present, the high to the low; I am the city’s scandalous gossip, its joyful protest and its angry conscience; I am the voice of the outcast and forgotten; and I am, above the river’s drifting vastness, all that divides one doomed man’s fate from another’s ...”

The stones of the Pont Neuf in Paris sing their seventeenth-century past as the beating heart of the city and nation. Join us for a performance of original street songs of gossip, protest and scandal, high baroque music, and words by contemporary writers.

Performed live by Jonathan Rees ( with recordings by the internationally renowned period instrument group Badinage, including Katie Bray, the English representative at the 2019 Cardiff Singer of the World competition.
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Introduction by Nicholas Hammond, Professor of Early Modern French Literature and Culture at the University of Cambridge, and author of The Powers of Sound and Song in Early Modern Paris (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019).

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Telephone number:
01223 766766

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Age: Adults, Performance, Talk, Arrive on time, Free