Events
BACH MAGNIFICAT: OAE & CHOIR OF KING’S, Wednesday 12 November 2014

Wednesday 12 November, 7.30pm
King’s College Chapel


Helen Jane Howells, Susanna Hurrell soprano

David Allsopp countertenor

James Gilchrist tenor

Ben Appl bass


Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Choir of King’s College

Stephen Cleobury conductor


‘It’s hard to imagine anyone matching Gilchrist’s intensity or range of vocal and dramatic expression. His prodigious voice lives every moment of the narrative, from whispers of grief to raging vehemence.’ EVENING STANDARD

JS Bach

Brandenburg Concerto No.2 BWV1047

Magnificat BWV243

Cantata No.36: ‘Schwingt freudig euch empor’

Cantata No.55: ‘Ich armer Mensch, ich Sündenknecht’


Promoted in association with Concerts at King’s
With kind permission of the Provost and Fellows of King’s College



PHILIP GLASS & PHILIP GLASS ENSEMBLE, Friday 14 November 2014

Friday 14 November, 7.30pm
Cambridge Corn Exchange


Philip Glass Ensemble

Music Director: Michael Riesman


‘The aural equivalent of standing at the top of a giant waterfall.’ THE GUARDIAN (on Music in 12 Parts)

Philip Glass is one of the most influential and prolific music-makers of the 20th century. His work ranges from opera and music theatre to solo concertos and string quartets. Music for film includes the Academy Award-winning scores to ‘The Hours’ and Martin Scorsese’s ‘Kundun’ to art-house favourites such as ‘Koyaanisqatsi’.


Philip Glass has collaborated with a huge range of artists, from Allen Ginsberg to Woody Allen and David Bowie to Ravi Shankar. This ‘retrospective’ – a kind of Greatest Hits – focusses on Glass’s most important, popular and epoch-defining works from the late 1960s (when the Ensemble was formed), 1970s and ‘80s.


Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Philip Glass in person performing what has become some of his most enduring music.


Music by Philip Glass to include:

Selections from Music in 12 Parts (1971-74) and Music in Similar Motion (1969)

Floe, Facades, Rubric from Glassworks (1983)

CIVIL warS #2 – Cologne section (1984)

The Grid from Koyaanisqatsi (1982)

Act III from The Photographer (1983)


Promoted in association with Cambridge Corn Exchange



VIKTORIA MULLOVA PLAYS BEETHOVEN, Sunday 16 November 2014

Sunday 16 November, 7.30pm
West Road Concert Hall


Viktoria Mullova violin & director*

Philharmonia Orchestra


‘Mullova played with an attractive combination of classical purity and inner intensity, bringing poetry to her phrasing but carefully avoiding sentimentality ... altogether a memorable performance.’

‘Mullova was pure of tone and feisty of manner without sacrificing beauty of phrase, spoiling the line or forfeiting inwardness.’
CLASSICALSOURCE.COM

Beethoven’s contemporaries considered his violin concerto to be unplayable. The world-renowned violinist, Viktoria Mullova, is easily equal to its demands but brings out its serenity as well as the drama and virtuosity. Mullova has buit up a strong rapport with the Philharmonia in recent years as both director and soloist, so this promises to be an evening to remember.


Beethoven Coriolan Overture

Haydn Symphony No.82 ‘The Bear’

Beethoven Violin Concerto*




WAR REQUIEM: Saturday 22 November 2014

Saturday 22 November, 7.30pm
Ely Cathedral


Britten War Requiem


Amanda Roocroft soprano

John Mark Ainsley tenor

Bass tbc

Britten Sinfonia

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra

CUMS Chorus

Choir of Girton College

Choristers & choir of Jesus College (Mark Williams director)

Stephen Cleobury conductor


Ely Cathedral provides the majestic setting for the closing concert of the Festival: Britten’s deeply moving War Requiem. The movements of the Mass for the Dead are interwoven with the poetry of Wilfred Owen written during World War I. On the title page of the published music, Britten quotes Owen: ‘My subject is War, and the pity of War / The Poetry is in the pity ... / All a poet can do today is warn.’



With kind permission of the Dean and Chapter of Ely Cathedral



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Chamber music and free recitals
Look out for details of the Festival’s chamber music recitals: artists include Michael Collins (clarinet) with the Borodin String Quartet, the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet, and choral music from The Cardinall’s Musick. Free music & technology recitals featuring music with electronics or film include Manu Delago (hang) with members of Aurora Orchestra, and a new work written and performed by Graham Fitkin (keyboards) with Ruth Wall (harps).


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NIGEL KENNEDY: BACH MEETS FATS WALLER, Wednesday 13 November 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.’
WASHINGTON POST

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.’
SUNDAY TIMES

‘Chamber music doesn't come any better.’
INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY

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

Florilegium

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.’
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

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.’
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

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.’
THE INDEPENDENT

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.’
THE HERALD

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.’
INTERNATIONAL RECORD REVIEW

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


EDUCATION: FRIDAY AFTERNOONS, Friday 22 November 2013

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.’
THE SCOTSMAN

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

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!


Mozart

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.’
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

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.’
BBC MUSIC MAGAZINE

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

THE SCHUBERT ENSEMBLE

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.’
STRAD MAGAZINE

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

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.’
CHICAGO CLASSICAL MUSICE

‘… 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.’
BACHTRACK

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 NEW YORK TIMES

‘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…’
THE TIMES

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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