contemporary classical

Penguin Cafe

The ever-enigmatic group of established musicians led by Arthur Jeffes perform immersive avant-pop music that combines elements of classical, ambient, world and folk.

Founded in 2009 by Jeffes, Penguin Cafe brings together a group of musicians from the likes of Suede, Gorillaz and Razorlight. Formed as a follow-up to the late Simon Jeffes’ Penguin Cafe Orchestra, the group have furthered the legacy of the original band as well as cementing their own sound. Their performances offer a modernised take on PCO classics alongside their own original material.

Penguin Cafe embrace influences from African, Venezuelan, Brazilian, bluegrass, classical, avant-garde and minimalist music, using instruments that include strings, pianos, harmoniums, slide guitars, cuatros, kalimbas, experimental sound loops and mathematical notations.

The group has released three acclaimed albums to date: 2008’s A Matter of Life…, 2014’s The Red Book and 2017’s The Imperfect Sea, released on Erased Tapes. In 2017, Jeffes paid tribute to his late father by performing Penguin Cafe Orchestra’s seminal record Union Cafe live to a sold-out Union Chapel, coinciding with the album’s reissue on Erased Tapes.

In 2018, the Penguins performed in Paris, Berlin and London, with a special show to support Greenpeace. The group are back in the studio creating their fifth studio album, due for release later in 2019.

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Queen Elizabeth Hall


£35 - £49.50
Booking fee: £3.50 (Members £0.00)
£35, £49.50


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