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Musicians 'beyond ready' and 'excited' to return to te stage at Haverhill Arts Centre




Professional musicians, one of them based in Castle Camps, have spoken of their excitement at the idea of returning to live performing next month at Haverhill Arts Centre.

The arts centre last staged a live music event in March 2020, but on July 9, Cambridge-based guitarist Brooks Williams will be the first musician to break that drought.

And just eight days later, leading jazz saxophonist Hannah Horton, a resident of Castle Camps since 2007, will be on stage with her quartet as part of the All That Jazz Club, a project she had been a part of at the arts centre for five years.

Jazz saxophonist Hannah Horton will play her first live show in 17 months at Haverhill Arts Centre. Submitted picture
Jazz saxophonist Hannah Horton will play her first live show in 17 months at Haverhill Arts Centre. Submitted picture

For Hannah, a graduate of Trinity College in London who has played with many of the biggest names in jazz (Amy Winehouse among them) and whose new album, Inside Out, will be released in September, it will be her first live public show since February 14, 2020.

She said: "I think it will just be really exciting.

"We know our way around that stage and we talk to all the staff.

Renowned guitarist Brooks Williams. Picture by Kris Kesiak
Renowned guitarist Brooks Williams. Picture by Kris Kesiak

"I think it will probably just make it more special and meaningful and maybe poignant because it is the place that we love to perform at and it's a very creative space there.

"We've all tried to be optimistic. I reckon we've had two dates we put in the diary that never happened (because of further lockdowns).

"We've all just tried to provisionally just keep things going but, oh my goodness...

"I had a lot of gigs booked in for last summer which were then rebooked and now will be pushed on to next year, there's also that thing where we are all trying to keep everything running and trying to stay positive."

Brooks added: "It is a massive understatement to say I am looking forward to playing Haverhill Arts Centre again.

"After 16-months away from live shows, it goes without saying. I'm beyond ready!

"Equally, it is especially exciting to celebrate the re-opening of arts centres like Haverhill.

"Finally, they can get back to doing what they do best: bringing the local community together around music, theatre, cinema and art, and inspiring us all to dream big."

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