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"Syd Barrett - A Celebration" Concert

Thursday 27 October 2016
Cambridge Corn Exchange - CB2 3QE
A celebration of the life and music of Syd Barrett, son of Cambridge. Featuring international guests Men on the Border with the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra and lights by Peter Wynne-Willson.

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Cambridge Live, the charity that runs the Cambridge Corn Exchange, is unveiling a memorial at the Cambridge Corn Exchange on Thursday 27 October to Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett, who was born and spent most of his life in Cambridge and who played his last ever live concerts at the venue in 1972. To mark the occasion an evening concert is being staged at the Corn Exchange featuring Swedish band Men on the Border, who reinterpret the music of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, backed by the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra, also from Sweden.

Men on the Border, who are based in Sandviken, Sweden are one of the only bands in the world who play the non-Pink Floyd, solo music of Syd Barrett. They have teamed up with their local orchestra, the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra to put together a celebratory concert which premiered in Sandviken on 24 September 2016. The concert will now play at the Corn Exchange as part of the Syd Barrett celebrations in Cambridge. 

The concert will feature symphonic interpretations of Barrett classics from his solo albums The Madcap Laughs and Barrett including the likes of Octopus and Terrapin with the repertoire flanked by an interpretation of Floyd’s High Hopes. The concert will include lighting from Peter Wynne Willson who worked with Pink Floyd between 1966 and 1968 when he created light shows for their performances at UFO and the Roundhouse and went on to design the lighting for the band’s UK, European and American gigs and tours as well as having worked with Roger Waters, Radiohead and U2. Narration in the concert will be done by playwright, writer and former friend of Syd, David Gale.

Sponsored by Millers Music

The Syd Barrett memorial artwork is made possible thanks to Section 106 funding from Cambridge City Council.

Image details: Photo copyright Mick Rock 1971, 2016

More on Syd Barrett - A Celebration

Film Night
Cambridge Live has announced that it is teaming up with the Cambridge Film Trust to premiere a series of films about both Syd Barrett and the Swinging Sixties at the 2016 Cambridge Film Festival.
For more info on the Film Night please click here

Walking Tours
Cambridge Live is pleased to also help pomote who are offering Syd Barrett walking tours of Cambridge on the weekend of the concert. PLEASE NOTE: Cambridge Live is not responsible for any information or pricing on this site.
For info on the Walking tours please click here

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