Second year music student and pianist Manav Paul has reached the final of the University of Cambridge鈥檚 band competition 鈥楾ake it to the Bridge鈥 with his band 鈥楨ast Street on a Tit鈥.

The five-piece band, formed a year ago, perform jazz classics and contemporary tunes. The other band members 鈥 on drums, bass, trombone and vocals - are from King鈥檚, Fitzwilliam and Pembroke Colleges.

鈥楨ast Street鈥 will compete against three other student bands - Temor, Quasar, and Soft Crunchy Landing - for a chance to perform to thousands on the mainstage at the Cambridge Club Festival as part of a lineup of world-renowned artists including Chaka Khan, Sister Sledge, Melanie C, and Jessie Ware.

Manav, who also plays the saxophone and sings in Christ鈥檚 College Choir, said:

It's a great honour to be able to perform our music, which brings us so much joy, to a wider audience in the final of 'Take it to The Bridge'.

It would be an incredible opportunity to take part in the Cambridge Club Festival, and it means a lot to us to have made it this far in the competition.

Manav will also perform with two members of the band at a 鈥楯azz Mass鈥 in Chapel on Tuesday 27 February at 6.15pm.

The Band - Manav (back left). Photo: East Street On a Tit

The judging panel for Battle of the Bands includes Sonita Alleyne OBE, Chair of the Centre for Music Performance and Master of Jesus College, Matt Fincham, Music Editor at BBC Radio 1, and Frazer Robinson, Head of Programming at Cambridge Club Festival.

The final is open to everyone and the judges鈥 decision will be informed by a live audience vote, with the winner announced at the end of the night.

Now in its second year, 鈥楾ake it to the Bridge鈥 is the brainchild of the University鈥檚 Centre for Music Performance, which enables students, staff and local residents to make music in all its forms a part of life at Cambridge.

Simon Fairclough, Director of the Centre, said:

鈥淲e are delighted to bring this exciting competition back for a second year running. We believe music is a fundamental part of life and that everyone should be able to participate in music at Cambridge.

鈥溾楾ake It To The Bridge鈥 is just one of many inclusive activities we organise to offer opportunities for the whole community to enjoy live music. It promises to be an intense and electrifying night, showcasing the best of Cambridge's student talent.鈥

Tickets for the final on Friday 1 March at 7pm at J1, are 拢12.50, students and under-18s 拢7.50. It is a standing event.

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