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5:00pm-6:00pm on Sunday 3 April

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Great St Mary's, the University Church, Senate House Hill, CB2 3PQ

Don't miss this year's University Church service for the Cambridge Festival, featuring the renowned Tim Boniface Quartet. The Revd Dr Tim Boniface is a Fellow of Girton College and the Girton College Chaplain, as well as an acclaimed jazz multi-instrumentalist and composer. In addition to Boniface on saxophones, the quartet features the explosively talented rhythm section of Phil Merriman (piano), Ed Babar (bass) and Jon Ormston (drums). The Eight Words is an eight part suite based on the eight sayings of Jesus in the Passion according to St John. It takes up the ancient practice of exploring religion through music while standing squarely within the mainstream jazz tradition. Through evocative melodies, powerful swing and rich harmonies, Boniface’s work offers a refreshing and exciting musical setting in which to encounter familiar texts afresh. Great St Mary’s is the perfect environment in which to hear this engaging and deeply expressive work - a fresh addition to the long history of music based on the Passion. • "Beautifully played and conceived. The Eight Words is the work of a fine composer-musician—who also happens to be ordained. And this is the uniqueness here. The work is ambitious, thoughtful and accessible, yes. And it displays a vintage jazz sensibility, yes. But it is also deeply devotional, too, which makes the music all the more disarming and powerful." Paul Northup, Creative Director, Greenbelt Everyone, of any faith or none, is most warmly welcome. While we encourage those who can to attend in person, the service will also be live-streamed – details may be found at As the University Church, Great St. Mary’s has been witnessing to Christian truth in the heart of Cambridge for over 800 years. A welcoming, inclusive, and friendly church, with a large gathered congregation of all ages, we have a particular calling as the spiritual heart of the University of Cambridge. Through music, prayer, and action, we seek to reach out beyond these walls in many ways, supporting local and international projects, and working with people of all faiths and none to bring hope and light to our world. Great St. Mary’s is renowned for its great debates across the centuries, on pressing issues of ethics, science and religion. Queen Elizabeth I, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Erasmus of Rotterdam, and many others have addressed the University and City from the University Church.

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Booking/Registration is: RECOMMENDED

Additional Information

Age: Adults, Young Adults 12 – 18
Format: Other
Timing: In person, Live Stream
Cost: Free
Event Capacity: 400
Theme: Society
Accessibility: Accessible toilet, Full access, Step-free access
Image copyright: DM

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