Students Staff

30 October 2008

Setting the tone at the Lakeside Theatre

Colchester Campus

Empirical will perform at the Lakeside Theatre this month

The University’s autumn music programme continues with eclectic work at the Lakeside Theatre this month.

Following two jazz performers in October, November sees Empirical (hailed by Courtney Pine and Jamie Cullum as one of the hottest new acts in British jazz) at the Lakeside at 8.30pm, Saturday 8 November. Their self-titled debut album, released last year, won almost every jazz award going including both MOJO and Jazzwise “Album of the Year” and was a fine showcase for the young jazz stars.

Armed with a catalogue of soul defining music, Kevin Pearce returns to the Lakeside after producing his album, For Her, at 8.30pm, Thursday 13 November. His unique voice combined with the raw passion of his composition guarantees an electrifying and intimate evening with one of Colchester's finest.

November ends with two very different performances at the Lakeside Theatre. Firstly, the University’s Musicians in Residence, the Angell Trio, present work by three living composers from the USA, Australia and the UK. American-born George Crumb’s powerful sonata for solo cello and Australian composer Peter Sculthorpe, whose music often evokes the atmosphere of the outback, will be performed at 8pm, Thursday 27 November. British composer Peter Fribbins will be at the Lakeside to introduce his dramatic trio in person.

New musical horizons then come into view with a programme of improvisation and electronics at 8.30pm, Friday 28 November. Sounds from the Horizon offer a concert combining extended instrumental techniques with an exploration of new sounds. Andrew Allen (with digital sampling and processing) and Malcolm Miles (on saxophone and digital sound processing) have formed a unique partnership that explores a wide range of moods, shapes and textures, all of which start as acoustic saxophone sounds. Chris Burn contributes an electronic treatment of piano and trumpet.

To book tickets through the Lakeside Theatre’s partnership with the Mercury Theatre, please telephone: 01206 573948 or visit:


Notes to editors:
The attached picture is of Empirical, performing at the Lakeside Theatre on Saturday 8 November.

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