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Archive - Cambridge Music Festival 2013

Nigel Kennedy (violin) brings his passion for live performance to an evening inspired by his mentors – the violinists Yehudi Menuhin and Stéphane Grappelli. After music for solo violin by Bach - including partitas and the solo sonata in A minor - he is joined by his quartet for the improvisation and swing of Fats Waller.

‘Irresistible’ THE OBSERVER

ESCHER STRING QUARTET, Thursday 14 November 2013

‘The Eschers made it clear that it is now one of the top young quartets ... This is a group to watch.’

As a BBC New Generation Artist, the Escher Quartet from New York immersed itself in British music. The Elgar and Britten quartets are particularly touching: the former written in the last days of the First World War, the latter in the last year of the composer’s life.

Bridge Phantasie String Quartet

Britten String Quartet No.3

Birtwistle Selections from Nine Movements for String Quartet

Elgar String Quartet, Op.83

Presented in association with Kettle’s Yard chamber series

NASH ENSEMBLE, Sunday 17 November 2013

Stephanie Gonley, Laura Samuel violins

Lawrence Power, Philip Dukes violas

Alice Neary, Pierre Doumenge cellos

‘The Nash players are British chamber music royalty.’

‘Chamber music doesn't come any better.’

R Strauss Sextet from Capriccio

Dvořák Sextet in A major, Op.48

Tchaikovsky Souvenir de Florence

SCHOLL SINGS PURCELL & BRITTEN, Monday 18 November 2013

Andreas Scholl countertenor

James Gilchrist tenor


Choir of King’s College

Stephen Cleobury conductor

‘It might be a new Golden Age of the countertenor, but few can equal the sheer beauty of tone and dramatic instinct displayed by Andreas Scholl.’

A double celebration of Britten’s centenary and the Feast of St Cecilia marks Andreas Scholl’s return to Cambridge and his debut performance of Britten’s moving Canticle, with renowned tenor James Gilchrist. Purcell’s joyful odes were much admired by Britten and offer a central role for Scholl and a roster of vocal and instrumental soloists.

Purcell Ode to St Cecilia ‘Welcome to all the Pleasures’

Purcell Ode ‘Come Ye Sons of Art’

Britten Canticle II: Abraham & Isaac

Britten Hymn to St Cecilia

Promoted in association with Concerts at King’s

PERAHIA PLAYS BEETHOVEN, Wednesday 20 November 2013

Murray Perahia piano & director

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

‘This was playing of astonishing vitality and grace, and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, clearly inspired by Perahia, rose to the occasion with infectious excitement.’

Beethoven Piano Concerto No.5, ‘Emperor’

Haydn Symphony No.77

Stravinsky Concerto in E flat, ‘Dumbarton Oaks’

JAMES GILCHRIST RECITAL, Thursday 21 November 2013

James Gilchrist tenor

Anna Tilbrook piano

‘Gilchrist is now unsurpassed among lyric tenors in sweetness and technical security, and for his musical intelligence.’

Subtitled ‘The heart at sea’, this recital explores themes of water and the sea, of love and loss by some of the finest setters of words to music.

Fauré L’Horizon Chimérique

Britten Seven sonnets of Michelangelo; On this Island; folk songs

Sally Beamish Four songs from Hafez

Schubert Die Forelle, Am See; Auf dem See; Meeres Stille; Auf dem Wasser zu singen; Das Fischermädchen

Presented in association with Kettle’s Yard chamber series

PEKKA KUUSISTO RECITAL, Friday 22 November 2013

Pekka Kuusisto violins

‘Some of the most spontaneous and out-of-the-box playing I have ever heard ... fresh and unpredictable.’

Traditional and electric violins, improvisation, a little song and even whistling feature in this quirky exploration of Kuusisto’s musical roots. Finland’s foremost living composers – Rautavaara and Sallinen – rub shoulders with everything from Finnish ‘tango’ to traditional song inspired by shoemakers, lakes and ‘girls with wide mouths’.

Presented in association with Anglia Ruskin University

SERENADE FOR TENOR, HORN & STRINGS, Friday 22 November 2013

Mark Padmore tenor

Pekka Kuusisto violin/director

Stephen Bell horn

‘These were beautiful and perceptive performances from Padmore and the Sinfonia.’

A typically varied mix of music from Britten Sinfonia – from Bartók and Berg to Nico Muhly and Arvo Pärt – culminates in Benjamin Britten’s atmospheric Serenade, song settings that evoke evening and the night.

Full programme:

Nico Muhly Three Songs for Tenor & violin (and drone from orchestra)

Bartók Fourth movement from Quartet No.4

Britten Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal

Erkki-Sven Tüür Lighthouse

Judith Weir I give you the end of a golden string (world premiere tour)

Arne Nordheim Individualisierte Höhemessung der Lagen (from Partita fur Paul)

Nico Muhly Material in E flat for violin & drone from orchestra

Bartók Third movement from Quartet No.4

Berg (arranged Schnittke) Kanon

Arvo Pärt Cantus in Memoriam Benjamin Britten

George Crumb God Music from Black Angels

Britten Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings

Presented in association with Britten Sinfonia


Friday Afternoons is an international singing project led by Aldeburgh Music that aims to get young people singing, culminating in a performance on Britten’s 100th birthday, 22 November 2013.

As partners in this initiative, Cambridge Music Festival and Cambridgeshire Music are mounting a major vocal education project leading a performance by over 1,000 young singers both live, at Cambridge Corn Exchange, and via web streaming at schools across the country.

At the heart of the closing performance is Friday Afternoons, a set of 12 songs composed by Britten for his schoolmaster brother, Robert, and they boys of Clive House, Prestatyn - a school in which choir practice and singing lessons regularly took place on a Friday afternoon.

Britten Friday Afternoons
sung by assembled choirs

Britten Ceremony of Carols (excerpts)
sung by choristers of the Choir of King’s College

Joseph Phibbs Water Song and Lullaby
sung by King’s Junior Voices

Lynette Alcantara conductor

Stephen Cleobury conductor

Andrew Goldman piano

Lucy Wakeford harp
Over 400 children from Cambridgeshire schools
Choristers of King’s College

Friday afternoons is not a public event. Much of the venue will be filled with young singers so the limited number of seats available will be allocated to guests and participating schools.

By kind permission of the University of Cambridge

OUTDOOR ARTS: VIRTUAL CHOIR, Tuesday 12 - Wednesday 13 November 2013

Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir: ‘Water Night’

Sound & light projection

Over 3,700 singers from 76 countries come together to form a Virtual Choir -
the brainchild of Grammy Award-winning American composer and conductor, Eric Whitacre.

Each singer records themselves singing one vocal line of Whitacre’s beautiful ‘Water Night’ and submits an audio-visual file. The submissions are then brought together to create an awe-inspiring testament to worldwide musical collaboration.

Following its launch at New York’s Lincoln Center in 2012, Virtual Choir will be presented outdoors for the first time, with the Senate House providing the perfect backdrop.

By kind permission of the University of Cambridge

Archive - Cambridge Music Festival 2012
PERAHIA PLAYS MOZART, Friday 9 November 2012

Murray Perahia piano & director

Academy of St Martin in the Fields

‘…the Academy of St Martin in the Fields operates like a pack of wolves. The impact of the ensemble was breath-taking, a riveting like-mindedness laced with spectacular displays of inspired individuality.’

‘Lesser or less secure pianists might feel the need to remind us of their technical mastery, but not Perahia.’

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to hear Murray Perahia, one of the world’s great pianists and guest conductor of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, in the only UK date on their European tour!


German Dances K536

Piano Concerto No.26 ‘Coronation’

Symphony No.39

ALISON BALSOM, Tuesday 13 November 2012

Alison Balsom trumpet

Tom Poster piano

‘Balsom’s playing is breathtaking … listening to it is nothing less than a life-enhancing experience.’

Programme to include:

Purcell Sonata No.2

Copland Quiet City

Francaix Sonatine

Satie Gymnopedie No.1, Gnossiennes No.1

Ligeti Mysteries of the Macabre

Cole Porter 'The way you look tonight'

By kind permission of the Master and Fellows of Trinity College

SCHOLL SINGS BACH, Wednesday 14 November 2012

Andreas Scholl countertenor

Academy of Ancient Music

Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Stephen Cleobury conductor

‘It might be a new Golden Age of the countertenor, but few can equal the sheer beauty of tone and dramatic instinct displayed by Andreas Scholl.’

The world-renowned countertenor, Andreas Scholl, makes his debut appearance in Cambridge with an all-Bach programme of cantatas plus choral items with the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.

JS Bach

Cantata No.53 ‘Schlage doch, gewünschte Stunde’ att. Hoffmann

Cantata No.82 ‘Ich habe genug’

Cantata No.170 ‘Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust’

Motet ‘Lobet den Herrn’ BWV230

Sinfonia and chorus from Cantata No.146 ‘Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal’

Sanctus in D major

Promoted in association with Concerts at King’s

By kind permission of the Provost and Fellows of King’s College

This concert is promoted in partnership with Concerts at King’s. Further tickets will be available via the Festival box office in September.

SCHUBERT 'TROUT' QUINTET, Thursday 15 November 2012


William Howard piano

Simon Blendis violin

Jane Salmon cello

Douglas Paterson viola

Peter Buckoke double bass

‘The Schubert Ensemble gave a performance so forthright and passionate that at times it sounded as if a chamber orchestra were playing. A hugely impressive concert.’

‘…The Schubert Ensemble displayed a near-supernatural degree of polish…’

Schumann Piano Quartet in E flat major

Huw Watkins Piano Quartet (2012) UK premiere tour

Schubert Piano Quintet in A major ‘Trout’

By kind permission of the Master and Fellows of St John’s College

POWERPLANT, Friday 16 November 2012

Joby Burgess percussion / electronics

Matthew Fairclough sound design

Kathy Hinde visual artist

‘Joby Burgess – the insanely talented British percussionist.’

‘… with Burgess’ blend of virtuosity, good humour and taste, the show-stealer was composer Gabriel Prokofiev’s Fanta® – a genuinely cool piece of classical music.’

In a lavish audio-visual feast, the worlds of minimalism and electronica collide: explosive drumming, looped xylosynth, found objects, American presidents and Fanta bottles from Powerplant’s landmark collaboration with composer Gabriel Prokofiev.

Steve Reich Electric Counterpoint

Graham Fitkin Chain of Command

Gabriel Prokofiev Fanta® from Import/Export – suite for global junk

Matthew Fairclough The Boom and The Bap

Javier Alvarez Temazcal

Promoted in association with Anglia Ruskin University

THE TALLIS SCHOLARS, Tuesday 20 November 2012

The Tallis Scholars

Peter Phillips director

‘The rock stars of Renaissance vocal music.’

‘The Tallis Scholars increase emotional intensity so subtly that you don’t realise it’s happening. Then, suddenly, pow! The music’s blazing; and so are you…’

Framed by two brilliant double-choir settings of the Magnificat, this programme features serene yet emotionally charged music by Lassus and Tallis alongside the intense simplicity and calm of Arvo Part’s music.

Vivanco Magnificat Octavi toni

Lassus Osculetur me; Missa Osculetur me; Timor et tremor

Tallis Sancte deus

Arvo Pärt I am the true vine; Tribute to Caesar

H. Praetorius Magnificat III

By kind permission of the Master and Fellows of St John’s College

GREEN SONGS, Saturday 17 November 2012

Lyn Alcántara conductor & project leader

Andrew Goldman pianist

King’s Junior Voices

The Grove and St Laurence primary schools

Traditional Our dustbin

Kevin Stannard Three Songs: Penguin – Whale – Puffin

Philip Godfrey Morning Song

David Flatau Water don’t waste it

Debbie Campbell Ocean Commotion

Andy Meyers One World

Bob Chilcott Green Songs: Be Cool – On your bike! – Keep it good – Nozone

David Wood arr. P Pontzen When will we learn

This workshop and mini-concert follows a four-week education project with King’s Junior Voices and pupils from The Grove and St Laurence primary schools. Children in the audience are invited to join in the warm up which will include some fun, easy songs for audience participation.

This event is promoted in association with King's Junior Voices, who are supported by the Girton Town Charity.

SHAKE, RATTLE & ROLL, Sunday 18 November 2012

Colin Currie percussion

Cambridge Youth Percussion Ensembles (CYPE)

Children from Years 5 & 6 from Shirley Community Primary School & St Philips Primary School

Mark Aldous conductor & composer

Anne Templar schools workshop leader

CYPE Intermediate Stick March

CYPE Senior Compound Rebound

School Groups own pieces devised during 5 weeks of workshops

Colin Currie Trilogy by David Maric

All performers Shake, Rattle & Roll by Mark Aldous

This performance marks the culmination of a five-week education project that brings together the world-renowned percussionist, Colin Currie, the talented young percussionists from the county music service’s CYPE, and young people from Shirley Community and St Philips primary schools whose pupils have never worked with percussion.

Specially commissioned for this project, Shake, Rattle & Roll brings together all these performers, with their diverse musical experience and backgrounds, in an exciting and accessible new work by Mark Aldous. It incorporates the students’ own material developed during rehearsals and workshops with Colin Currie and Mark Aldous, and provides leadership opportunities for the CYPE players.

This project is presented in association with Cambridgeshire Music.

CMF is grateful to Cambridge City Council, Cambridgeshire Community Foundation and the John Lewis Foundation for their generous support.

OUTDOOR ARTS: 'PLENUM', Thursday 15 and Friday 16 November, after dark

If you could witness the creation of the universe, what might it be like?

Imagine a perfect, static grid of dots. Slowly, one dot moves. The dots around it shift. In what appears to be a chain reaction, the side of King’s College chapel is transformed into a pulsating and swaying collection of particles. The sound conjures electronic birds or spectral dust. Every 15-minutes, the projection repeats the progress from order to chaos, with alien sounds. But each sequence of sound and light is subtly different, generated by algorithmic computer code.

Plenum is inspired by scientific and religious accounts of how our world came into being and how the cosmos maintains life. The installation was created by artist Simeon Nelson with a real-time algorithmic image and sound by Nick Rothwell and Rob Godman.

By kind permission of the Provost and Fellows of King’s College

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