News: Coffee concert : The FB Pocket Orchestra

Thursday 9 March 2017

Join us for an uplifting morning of joyful dance and ragtime music from the 1920s and 1930s, performed by the very talented local "The FB Pocket Orchestra".

Free concert 11.15am - 12 noon

Free coffee served from 10.30am

Accessible and informal concert, all welcome.

Contact for more information

The FB Pocket Orchestra was formed in 2012 by Paul Stevenson, Jenny Russell and Ollie Corbin after a cancelled recording project created some free studio time.

Our self-imposed brief was simply to explore the popular music repertoire of the early 20th century. The primary aim was to investigate how we might make a musical response that would fit into the contemporary milieu.

Of particular interest has been an attention to sonic palette and acoustic delivery. We find that our musical outcome has greater nuance, rhythmic flexibility and dynamic range if no amplification is used. So one of our rules has become ‘minimum amplification if zero is not appropriate’.

We also feel that much of the detail and inherent beauty of this repertoire lies in the subtle interaction of more traditional instruments. Accordingly, we have broadened our instrumental scope to include banjo, cornet, harmonica, accordion, tuba, clarinet, violin etc.

So, whilst we make no claim to authentic re-creation, we make music that we hope has significant musical relevance to a present-day audience and celebrates some of the key attributes of the past.

Or to put that more succinctly – we hope to entertain our audiences with music from a time when life was much simpler!

LUNCH SPECIAL OFFER: Why not extend your stay at Guildford Cathedral and enjoy at special two course home cooked lunch in The Refectory for only £10 per person.  To make a reservation please contact The Refectory on 01483 560471.  This offer is only available to those who pre-book.


To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight please visit our Fairtrade Stall offering a wide range of wonderful Fairtrade products.

Added Wednesday 8th February 2017