Canterbury Catch Club resurrected for Canterbury Festival

15 October 2015

Historic music club, Canterbury Catch Club will be heard once again by a modern audience later this month as part of the Canterbury Festival.

For almost a century between 1779 and 1865, the Canterbury Catch Club was one of the most famous provincial music clubs in the country. Every Wednesday evening in the winter months, members would be treated to a vocal and orchestral concert after which, with neither licensing hours or local constabulary to constrain them, they would entertain themselves into the early hours with musical rounds, some ribald, some respectable.

After the club's demise, all its property, including music, books and other artefacts, was donated to the Mayor, Aldermen and citizens of Canterbury. In 1915 it all came into the possession of the Beaney Library. To mark the centenary, Cantuar and Friends are proud to present an event in grand Catch Club style: exuberant orchestral pieces, lively and lascivious catches, and charming English glees

On Wednesday 21 October, at Canterbury Cathedral Lodge, audience members will be treated to an evening of 18th century entertainment, Catch Club style.

Chris Price, Senior Lecturer in the School of Music and Performing Arts, has extensively researched the Canterbury Catch Club with the aim of bringing the club’s colourful repertoire back to life. Chris is also the curator of an exhibition ‘Canterbury Catch Club 1779-1865: its music and musicians’ which is on at the Beaney House of Art and Knowledge until 8 November.

To book a ticket for ‘Canterbury Catch Club – an evening of 18th century entertainment’, please visit the Canterbury Festival website.

Canterbury Christ Church University is Partner and Principal Sponsor of the Canterbury Festival.

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