ArtBeat 2017 is coming

It’s four and a half months until the start of ArtBeat 2017 on Friday 16th June.
Clear your diaries and prepare yourselves for the best ArtBeat that Clarendon Park has seen. We have lot’s of of music, dance, film and comedy events for you to watch or take part in.

See you there.


ArtBeat 2017 June 16th to 25th

University of Leicester Big Band

Lunchtime Concerts in November

University of Leicester MusiciansJoin the talented University of Leicester students on Wednesday 18th and 25th of November at 1.30 pm for two FREE lunchtime concerts.

The University of Leicester Musicians on November 18th will feature solo singers, players and pianists. Performances will range from classical pieces to musical theatre.

The Leicester University Big Band will treat us to 9 pieces including film favourites like; Pure Imagination, Pink Panther, Incredibles and Gonna Fly Now (Rocky).

All are welcome to these free admission 90-minute concerts, so add the dates to your diary. Refreshments will be available.

Concert Details

University of Leicester Big BandUniversity of Leicester Musicians
Date: Wednesday, November 18th
Time: 1.30 pm
Venue: Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Road, Leicester LE2 3AH
Solo singers, players and pianists in music ranging from classical pieces to musical theatre.

University of Leicester Big Band and Friends
Date: Wednesday, November 25th
Time: 1.30 pm
Venue: Christchurch, 105a Clarendon Park Road, Leicester LE2 3AH

About the Musicians

University of Leicester MusiciansMusic at the University of Leicester is a student-run activity organised by the Music Association. About 350 students are involved in music as a recreational activity in 7 different bands choirs or groups;

  • Orchestra,
  • Chorus,
  • Chamber Choir,
  • Voices,
  • Big Band,
  • Concert Band and
  • Band and Gigs.

The lunchtime concerts at Christchurch, Clarendon Park Road will be a showcase for the amazing musical talent of the University of Leicester students.

The concerts are a Christchurch, ArtBeat and University of Leicester collaboration.

Simpletones at the ArtBeat 2015 launch party

ArtBeat 2015 Music Events

The Lonesome Pines busking at ArtBeat 2015Busking and Open Mic

A ‘stand out’ moment from last year’s ArtBeat was hearing ukelele buskers Matt and his cousin playing ‘Love Me Do’ outside the retro-styled hairdresser of the same name. Busking makes you feel happy, so we’re planning more of it, both on the weekend prior to ArtBeat (12th – 13th June) and the ArtBeat weekend itself (19th – 21st June).

There’ll be more local talent at the Open Mic event on Monday 22nd June at Dos Hermanos.

If you’d like to perform at the Open Mic night or busk on the street during the festival, please use our online booking system to grab a slot.

Greenshoots Ceilidh Orchestra at the Queens Road Allotments, ArtBeat 2015Folk and Rock Music

Folk music fans will be pleased to know that musicians from the Cohaltas and Red Fox groups will play a lively set of English and Irish tunes on Monday 22nd. Find them under the tree at the junction of West and North Avenue or in The Clarendon pub if the weather demands.

Local treasure Chris Conway will be performing alongside Mo Coulson’s Celtic harp to make the sweetest music at Fingerprints café on Friday 19th June. ArtBeat celebrates local jazz musician talent when three bands perform on Sunday 21st at The Donkey from 8pm.

Rock fans can get their fix on Monday 22nd at The Craddock where Strange Blues will be among the performers.

Musical Drama

The Leicester premiere of musical theatre’s The Last Wolf in England will be held at Lancaster School’s Drama Studio on Tuesday 22nd. A bawdy tragi-comedy, the production features the celebrated Tyrsby Players and looks at the excesses of the Tudor court from the point of view of Lady Jane Grey’s family.

Family Day

There will be a family feel to a day of workshops at Friends Meeting House on Saturday 20th. Come along for a day of Egyptian drumming, fairy-story-writing, photography and all kinds of art. There will also be two family ceilidhs during the day. Look out for ticket-booking details for some of the workshops closer to the date. Children must be accompanied by an adult throughout these events.

University of Leicester MusiciansClassical and Choral Music

Classical and choral music haven’t been forgotten. Voices United with MC Willow Songsmith is revisited on Friday 19th at St John’s Church.

Christchurch will also host classical events. Paul Jenkins is organising an afternoon music fest with the Knighton Chamber Orchestra and Tudor choir on Sunday 21st, and a Leicester University musicians’ lunchtime recital featuring piano, cello and voices on Monday 22nd. Mariko will perform on her piano at lunchtime on Saturday 20th alongside some special musician friends and will be followed by a classical Open Mic – bring your instrument and entertain your neighbours!

Finally, the Griffin Singers are planning an affiliated event on the evening of Saturday 20th at Stoneygate Baptist Church. They promise choral favourites old and new, interspersed with some humorous interludes.

Whatever your tastes, the sound of music is definitely on its way to a street near you. Find out more about music events, times and venues on our festival programme.

For further information about all these events check out the festival programme. There you will see a day-by-day calendar with dates, times, venues and, where appropriate, booking arrangements.