Botanic Garden: Sounds Green 2017 line-up

The Garden is delighted to host another year of exciting, open-air music from Cambridge Summer Music.

Click here to view the Sounds Green flyer.

A weekly celebration of summer and music, Sounds Green is part of the Cambridge Summer Music programme of events. Set on the Garden’s Main Lawn with the Bee Borders as a stunning backdrop, visitors can enjoy an array of live music with family and friends, on a (hopefully) warm and balmy evening. Every Wednesday in July.

Music begins at 6.15pm, lasting approx one hour.  Visitors are welcome to stay on and enjoy the Garden until 8pm when the gates will close.   No tickets are required but normal Garden admission applies. There will be a retiring collection at the end of each performance towards the musicians’ performance fees.

The Sounds Green Programme 2017

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 6.15pm

Mentés Másként Ensemble

This lively award-winning group specialises in the traditional folk music and dance of their native Hungary. Mentés Másként are constantly looking for new ways to revive ancient tunes using original instruments, singing and traditional instrumental techniques. Supported by the Mátyás Seiber Trust and Cambridge Szeged Society.


Wednesday 12 July 2017, 6.15pm

Dodo Street Band

Described as ‘the last word in Celtic Gypsy Klezmer’, Dodo Street Band combines fiddle with accordion, bass, and bodhran. We defy you to resist the urge to get up and dance!


Wednesday 19 July 2017, 6.15pm

Westcombe Brass

Glenn Miller and Gershwin

Westcombe Brass are an exciting and versatile brass quintet based in London. Individually the group are successful young professionals, appearing with most of the major orchestras in this country; together they are a dynamic quintet able to perform works and arrangements spanning hundreds of years, in a variety of different styles.


Wednesday 26 July 2017, 6.15pm


Afrosamba is a Brazilian four-piece encompassing styles such as Afro Brazilian Jazz, Samba and Bossa Nova. Based in the UK, the group is fronted by Brazilian born Pilo Adami with seasoned musicians from Mozambique, Brazil and the UK. Influences are drawn from João Gilberto’s harmonic complexities, Airto Moreira’s experimental rhythms and Jorge Ben Jor’s laid back approach.

Food and Drink

The Garden Café will be serving food and drink; Thirsty will be providing a bar each evening and Jack’s Gelato will be serving homemade ice-cream on the Main Lawn. Visitors are also welcome to picnic.