Cambridge will punch above its musical weight once again this November, when the Cambridge Music Festival (CMF) fills the air with an extraordinary range of classical and contemporary music heavyweights. The box office is open now.
Cambridge Music Festival injects the city with world class music
Festival runs 8-24 November 2016
Highlights of this year’s festival include Steve Reich, Murray Perahia (piano) and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Ian Bostridge sings Schubert’s Winterreise, choral masterpieces with Cambridge College choirs and Britten Sinfonia. The Festival pushes more musical boundaries than ever and, in Steve Reich, will be opened by a musician who many think of as simply the most influential composer of the last 50 years.
Alongside the world’s music greats are the stars of the future. Two concerts of solo Bach feature Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin) and Philip Higham (cello). Waley-Cohen is a performer of ‘fearless intensity’ The Guardian) who was named by the Evening Standard as one of the ‘1,000 most influential Londoners’, and is one of the prestigious European Concert Hall Organisation’s ‘rising stars’ of 2016/17; she is also Artistic Director of the innovative ‘Sunday Series’ of concerts at London’s Tricycle theatre.
Festival Director, Justin Lee says ‘…whether it’s solo Bach or Beethoven piano concertos, Steve Reich, electronica or new music, I hope to provide a concert for every musical taste in Cambridge this November.’
Cambridge Music Festival runs from 8-24 November 2016. The Box Office opens on Monday 12 September.
Image: Steve Reich (photo credit: Wonge Bergmann)
Tuesday 8 November CambridgeCorn Exchange, 7.30 pm
STEVE REICH & THE COLIN CURRIE GROUP
Programme to include Reich ‘Music for 18 Musicians’, and ‘Clapping’ with Steve Reich performing
Wednesday 9 November King’s College Chapel, 7.30 pm
CHOIR OF KING’S COLLEGE, BRITTEN SINFONIA, THOMAS TROTTER (Organ Soloist)
Bach Fantasia & Fugue in G minor BWV542, Duruflé Requiem, Karg-Elert Fuge, Kanzone & Epilog Op.85 No.3, Poulenc Organ Concerto
Saturday 12 November Ely Cathedral, 8.00 pm
ELGAR: THE DREAM OF GERONTIUS
Combined Cambridge College choirs, Britten Sinfonia and soloists (Allan Clayton, Allison Cook and Duncan Rock)
Friday 18 November West Road Concert Hall, 7.30 pm
MURRAY PERAHIA & ACADEMY OF ST MARTIN IN THE FIELDS
Beethoven Piano Concertos Nos 1 and 3, Prometheus Overture
CHAMBER MUSIC 1: INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS
Wednesday 23 November Jesus College Chapel, 8.00 pm
PIANO RECITAL: PAUL LEWIS
Schubert Sonata in B major D575, Brahms Ballades Op.10 & Intermezzi Op.117, and Liszt Dante Sonata
Thursday 24 November Jesus College Chapel, 8.00 pm
SONG RECITAL: IAN BOSTRIDGE
The acclaimed tenor sings Schubert Winterreise
CHAMBER MUSIC 2: RISING STARS – ‘SOLO BACH PLUS’
Thursday 10 November Trinity College Chapel, 8.00 pm
TAMSIN WALEY COHEN (violin)
Bach solo violin sonata and partita plus a world premiere by Joseph Phibbs
Tuesday 15 November Trinity College Chapel, 8.00 pm
PHILIP HIGHAM (cello)
Bach cello suites Nos 1, 2 and 3, Britten Suite No.3
NEW MUSIC / FREE CONCERTS
Friday 11 November Mumford Theatre, 1.10pm
MATTHEW BARLEY (cello, tape, electronics)
Contemporary music by Karen Tanaka, John Metcalfe, Joby Talbot and Nitin Sawhney, plus Barley’s own improvisations
Friday 18 November Mumford Theatre 1.10pm
PIANO CIRCUS (electric keyboard sextet)
Programme to include Reich ‘Six Pianos’, and works by Julia Wolfe and Graham Fitkin and a world premiere by young composer Patrick Brennan
Monday 21 November Jesus College Chapel, 7.30pm
YOUNG COMPOSERS NETWORK
Evening of new music by composers aged 16-20, curated by Jay Richardson and Luke Fitzgerald.
To book tickets
By phone: Cambridge Live 01223 357851
Tickets for the Organ Gala at King’s College tickets are only available from King’s College Visitor Centre 01223 769 340
Tickets for The Dream of Gerontius are only available from Ely Cathedral Box Office on 01353 660 349
Cambridge Music Festival (CMF) is held each year in November. The programme focuses on Music, Education and Technology -- three areas for which Cambridge is renowned worldwide. World-class artists feature in orchestral, choral and chamber music concerts, alongside a programme of education and community events, and outdoor sound/light projections.