Saturday 24th May, 7.30pm. £8/£6


  • 14th Century arr. Peter Yarde Martin – L’Homme Armé
  • Josquin des Prez – Agnus Dei I, II & III from Missa L’Homme Armé super voces musicales
  • J.S. Bach arr. Hans Abrahamsen – 8 Canons
  • Wim Mertens – No Testament
  • Bulgarian Trad. – Gankino Horo
  • Mochipet – Dessert Hunt for Techno Baklava
  • Snarky Puppy  Whitecap
  • Peter Yarde Martin/Jason Anderson  Pancake Party
  • Sufjan Stevens  Isorhythmic Night Dance with Interchanges
  • Fatboy Slim – Right Here, Right Now


Sudden Junction is a chamber band with an insatiable and omnivorous musical appetite. Criss-crossing centuries and genres to find links between far-flung music, this versatile line up of talented musicians fresh from London’s top conservatoires perform with excitement and pizzazz.

The Mayfest programme weaves a scintillating mixture of jazz, electronica and folk music around colourful re-imaginings of two much earlier works: the renaissance song L’Homme Armé and 8 Canons by J.S. Bach.

L’Homme Armé, a rousing combination of street-cry and trumpet-call, has been the inspiration for hundreds of musical works, and is here played in Sudden Junction’s own eclectic version as well as in three movements from 16th Century composer Josquin des Prez’s Mass based on the same tune.

Hans Abrahamsen’s arrangement of 8 Canons by J.S. Bach tie together a series of small musical puzzles that allow us to peer under the hood of his contrapuntal technique. Interplay between voices and colours feature in these characterful mini-masterpieces.

Around all this, our musical exploration takes us through Baltic dance music, some smatterings of groove-laden jazz and some downright funky good-feeling tunes.