Michaelmas Term 2019

Alumni Festival: Come & Sing

4:30pm, Friday 27th September 2019

Performance at 9.30pm

Parry Organ Toccata and Fugue, ‘The Wanderer’
Parry Blest Pair of Sirens
Fauré Requiem

Cambridge University Alumni Chorus
East Anglia Chamber Orchestra
Daniel Hyde
conductor
Donal McCann organ
Alice Halstead soprano
Charlie Baigent baritone

Participant Tickets: £15 to sing plus £4 music hire
Audience Tickets: £10

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Lunchtime Concert Series: The Invicta Quartet

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 15th October 2019

Beethoven String Quartet No.10, Op.74

The Invicta Quartet James Jones, Coco Inman, Nils Jones, Samuel Ng

Admission free


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: Eagle Consort

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 22nd October 2019

WEST ROAD CONCERT HALL

John Rutter The Wind in the Willows

Eagle Consort
Maxim Meshkivchev
director

Admission free


 

Season Launch Concert, Festival of Ideas: Beethoven's 'Eroica

West Road Concert Hall
8:00pm, Saturday 26th October 2019

Judith Weir Heroic Strokes of the Bow
Rossini Bassoon Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’

Cambridge University Orchestra
Jonathan Bloxham
conductor
Francis Bushell bassoon (CUMS Concerto Competition 2019 prize-winner)

Tickets: £20, £14, £10
Concessions: £18, £12, £8
Students and under-18s: £5

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Jonathan Bloxham has been described, by Paavo Järvi no less, as a conductor of “accomplished technique, innate musicianship, natural rapport with orchestras and a deep knowledge and understanding of the symphonic repertoire” and he brings all this, and more, to bare on a truly epic programme.

Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ marks a paradigm shift, ushering in the Romantic period with its unparalleled heights of emotion and compositional virtuosity.

In her Heroic Strokes of the Bow Master of the Queen’s Music Dame Judith Weir has penned, not only a response to Beethoven’s masterwork, but a musical rendering of Paul Klee’spicture of the same name. She explains: “My piece is not principally meant as a depiction of the picture, but rather as a literal response to the title, with its suggestions of excessive physical energy applied to a small piece of wood. Accordingly, energetic violins predominate.”

Allegedly one of Rossini’s final compositions, his (or perhaps not his) bassoon concerto, performed by CUMS concerto prize winner and BBC Young Musician of the Year woodwind finalist, Francis Bushell, completes the programme with exuberance.

Pre Concert Talk:

Pre-concert talk at 7.00pm Professor Nicholas Marston discusses how Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ symphony changed music forever. Nicholas will be joined by Master of the Queens Music Judith Weir CBE to discuss her piece Heroic Strokes of the Bow.

Tickets are free and available here:


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: Quartet for the End of Time

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 29th October 2019

Messiaen Quartet for the End of Time

Owen Saldanha, Yuma Kitahara, Patrick Bevan, Samuel Weinstein

Admission free


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: Operazone Collective

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 5th November 2019

Rameau Osiris

Operazone
Luke Fitzgerald
director

Admission free


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: Visions de l'Amen

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 12th November 2019

Messiaen Visions de l’Amen

Peter Asimov violin

Toby Hession piano

Admission free


 

Baroque Suites

8:00pm, Wednesday 13th November 2019

SENATE HOUSE

Handel Water Music Suite in F major
Bach Third Orchestral Suite
Vivaldi Recorder Concerto in C major
Telemann Suite in A minor for Recorder and Strings

Cambridge University Collegium Musicum
Margaret Faultless
 director
Sophie Westbrooke recorder (CUMS Concerto Competition 2019 prize-winner)

Tickets: £20, £14, £10
Concessions: £18, £12, £8
Students and under-18s: £5

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Margaret Faultless writes: 1685 was a remarkable year – the birth of both Bach and Handel. Along with Telemann they form a triumvirate of German Baroque ‘Greats’. This concert celebrates their abilities to amalgamate French and Italian styles with dance music in three contracting suites. The Bach suite includes the famous Air on the G String – which isn’t, by the way, really playable on the G string at all! All three composers were inspired by Vivaldi’s invention of a particular form of the concerto and the concert will feature one such piece, typically virtuosic, and performed by CUMS concerto winner, Sophie Westbrooke.


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: Max McCleish & Friends

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 19th November 2019

Some of Cambridge’s top jazz musicians, including members of CUJO, present an hour of jazz at lunchtime

Admission free


 

A Tribute to Nat King Cole

West Road Concert Hall
7:30pm, Friday 22nd November 2019

This year marks 100 years since the birth of one of the greatest jazz stars who ever lived, and as part of the Cambridge Jazz Festival, CUJO will be celebrating with “Denmark’s leading male jazz vocalist” (Politiken) Mads Mathias.

For full programme details and for where to by tickets visit www.cujo.org.uk.

Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra
Mads Mathias
 vocals

Tickets: £15
Students: £6

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CUJO will be repeating the concert at 12.00pm on Saturday 23 November in Pizza Express, Soho as part of the London Jazz Festival.


 

Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

West Road Concert Hall
8:00pm, Saturday 23rd November 2019

Bernstein Three Dance Episodes from On the Town
Gershwin Piano Concerto in F
Bartók Concerto for Orchestra

Cambridge University Orchestra
Jamie Phillips
 conductor
Lewis Schwizgebel piano

Tickets: £20, £14, £10
Concessions: £18, £12, £8
Students and under-18s: £5

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Cambridge University Musical Society is delighted to welcome back Jamie Phillips, previously associate conductor with the Hallé, to conduct (almost) all-American extravaganza.

Bartòk’s most popular work, his effervescent Concerto for Orchestra – so-called due to its virtuosic treatment of every section of the orchestra – rejuvenated the health of its composer upon its commission by Serge Koussevitsky and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and is a perfect showpiece for the youthful talent of both conductor and orchestra.

Complementing this masterwork are two composers who, like Bartòk, achieved that rarest of feats: successful cross-genre pollination. Bernstein’s Three Dance Episodes from On the Towncapture the joi de vivre and youthful exuberance of young sailors on shore-leave in New York and that of its young composer, recently catapulted to star-dom. Once called the New York Concerto, Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F, with its intoxicating mix of classical, jazz, blues and even Charleston, is the epitome of the cultural dynamism that defined the New York of the Roaring Twenties.


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: James Mitchell presents Walton Façade

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 26th November 2019

WEST ROAD CONCERT HALL

Walton Façade—An Entertainment

Admission free

 


 

Elgar The Kingdom

7:30pm, Saturday 30th November 2019

Elgar The Kingdom

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
Leeds Philharmonic Chorus
Faust Chamber Orchestra
David Hill
 conductor
Mary Bevan soprano
Jane Irwin mezzo-soprano
Ed Lyon tenor
Gareth Brynmor John bass

Tickets: £40, £35, £30, £20
Full-time students and under-18s: £36, £31, £26, £16, or £5 on the door (subject to availability).

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A Worcestershire schoolmaster once described to his class the Twelve Apostles as “poor men, young men, at the time of their calling; perhaps before the descent of the Holy Ghost not cleverer than some of you here.” This down-to-earth judgement left a lasting impression on the young Edward Elgar, who was inspired to dramatise the lives of the apostles and the very foundation of the Christian Church itself; a gargantuan task which sadly remained incomplete. David Hill leads the massed forces of the Cambridge University and Leeds Philharmonic Choruses, and in Ely the Faust Chamber Orchestra and Leeds the BBC Philharmonic, in Part 2 of this exalted trilogy, The Kingdom– part 1 being The Apostles and the projected third part provisionally named The Last Judgement. Many esteemed musicians and critics, Sir Adrian Boult among them, regard The Kingdom more highly than its more famous predecessor and it is not difficult to see why. With its dignified march-theme gradually unfurling into a glorious climax it is a subtle and serene, but glorious, affirmation of faith.

This programme will also be performed at Leeds Town Hall, but with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra and Carolyn Sampson (soprano) on Saturday 23 November 2019, 7.30pm. Click here for further information and to purchase tickets.


 

Music for the Royal Fireworks

West Road Concert Hall
8:00pm, Tuesday 3rd December 2019

de Falla trans. Wiggins Ritual Fire Dance
John Williams arr. Hunsberger Star Wars Trilogy
Jay Bocock Into the Light
Handel arr. Schaefer Music for the Royal Fireworks
Holst Jupiter

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra
Carlos Rodríguez Otero
 conductor

Tickets: £10
Concessions: £8
Students and under-18s: £3

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Cambridge University Wind Orchestra travel through time and space to offer an explosive concert of crowd favourites from stage and screen.


 

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto

West Road Concert Hall
8:00pm, Friday 6th December 2019

Tchaikovsky Violin Concerto
Sibelius Symphony No.1

Cambridge University Sinfonia
Tess Jackson conductor
Leo Appel violin

Tickets: £15, £10, £8
Concessions: £13, £8, £6
Students and under-18s: £3

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“For a while it proceeds soberly, musically, and not mindlessly, but soon vulgarity gains the upper hand and dominates until the end of the first movement. The violin is no longer played: it is tugged about, torn, beaten black and blue.” so wrote critic Eduard Hanslick in a review of the premiere of what is now one of the most popular and memorable of all violin concerti. Sure to caress his violin through the demanding but thrilling passages is CUMS Concerto Competition 2019 prize-winner Leo Appel under the masterful direction of CUMS Conducting Scholar 2019-20 Tess Jackson.

Complementing Tchaikovsky is a symphony of equal nationalistic fervour. Written in the same year as his Finlandia, Sibelius’ Symphony No.1 might be the most traditional of his symphonies, but it is certainly one of the most thrilling.


 

Lent Term 2020

Mahler Symphony No.2

8:00pm, Sunday 19th January 2020

Mahler Symphony No.2

Cambridge University Orchestra
Members of Cambridge University Sinfonia and Wind Orchestra
Choirs of Clare, Gonville and Caius, Jesus and Selwyn Colleges
Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Andrew Gourlay conductor
Kiandra Howarth soprano
Kathryn Rudge mezzo-soprano

Tickets: £35, £30, £20, £6
Students: £31, £26, £16, or £5 on the door (subject to availability)

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Lunchtime Concert Series: Cambridge Female Composers Festival

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 28th January 2020

Performances of works as part of the Cambridge Female Composers Festival

Admission free

 


 

Zoology Late: Acoustic Spaces / Threatened Places

7:30pm, Friday 31st January 2020

Friday 31 January 2020, 7.30pm

MUSEUM OF ZOOLOGY, DOWNING STREET

Repertoire to include:
John Luther Adams The Light that Fills the World
Benjamin Graves The Visions of Elizabeth Barton (CUMS Composer in Residence 2019-20)
Kaija Saariaho Terrestre
Grisey Périodes
and new works by students of the University of Cambridge.

University of Cambridge New Music Group
Darren Bloom conductor

Tickets: £12

Students: £3

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In one way or another all of the composers featured here are concerned with the world and their place in it. Therefore, a concert in the museum of Zoology – which starkly reminds us what tiny a percentage of Natural History Humans inhabit – is apt. John Luther Adams’ preoccupation with the wide-open vistas of his homeland of Alaska, Benjamin Graves’ interest in societal issues and Kaija Saariaho and Grisey’s focus on the building blocks of sound itself come together to create a concert which scrutinises what it means to be a very small member of a very large world.


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: Cambridge University Collegium Musicum

1:10pm, Tuesday 4th February 2020

Cambridge University Collegium Musicum
Luke Fitzgerald director

Admission free


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: CUMS Concerto Competition Final 2020

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 11th February 2020

Performances by the CUMS Concerto Competition finalists.

Admission free


 

Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2

West Road Concert Hall
8:00pm, Saturday 15th February 2020

Dvorák Notturno for Strings
Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No.2
Smetana Má Vlast

Cambridge University Orchestra
Jac van Steen conductor
Churen Li piano (CUMS Concerto Competition 2019 Winner)

Tickets: £20, £14, £10
Concessions: £18, £12, £8
Students and under-18s: £5

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Sergei Rachmaninov composed his most enduring work in the depths of a deep depression. After the disastrous performance of and reception to his First Symphony the bright-young-thing of Russian music was unable to compose for three years. It was the intervention of the Piano Concerto No. 2’s dedicatee, a therapist, Dr Nicolai Dahl, which rejuvenated Rachmaninov’s creativity and sent him down a considerably more mellifluous path. The piece opened to immense acclaim and catapulted its young composer to international stardom.

Rachmaninov’s masterwork is combined with Dvorák’s spellbinding Notturno for Strings and Smetana’s hymn to his Czech homeland, Má Vlast. Vlast (My Fatherland) viscerally depicts the grandeur of ancient kings and warriors, every twist and turn of the mighty river Vltava, the depths of Bohemia’s forests and its magnificent castles. Under the masterful direction of Dutch maestro Jac van Steen Cambridge University Musical Society’s own bright-young-things—Concerto Competition 2019 prize-winner Churen Lee, who will be more than a match for the solo part, the most notorious zenith of pianistic endeavour; and Cambridge University Orchestra, CUMS’ flagship orchestra—will be sure to provide a breath-taking and romantically charged evening.


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: Cambridge University Chamber Choir

1:10pm, Tuesday 18th February 2020

Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Nicholas Mulroy director

Admission free


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: The King's Men

West Road Concert Hall
1:10am, Tuesday 25th February 2020

A concert of jazz and close harmony from the choral scholars of the King’s College Choir

Admission free


 

Varsity Concert: Oxford & Cambridge University Wind Orchestras

8:00pm, Saturday 29th February 2020

John Powell arr. Moren How to Train Your Dragon
Elliot del Borgo Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
Nigel Hess Global Variations
Adam Gorb Dances from Crete

Oxford University Wind Orchestra
Cambridge University Wind Orchestra
Chris O’Leary conductor
Carlos Rodríguez Otero conductor

Tickets: £10
Concessions: £8
Students and under-18s: £3

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It’s a globetrotting Oxbridge extravaganza this evening, during which you will soar astride your dragon to the peaks of the tallest mountains and plunge to the pits of the deepest ravines.


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: Cambridge University Instrumental Award Scheme

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Performances by musicians from the Cambridge University Instrumental Award Scheme

Admission free


 

An Evening of Chamber Music

8:00pm, Friday 6th March 2020

The finest chamber musicians in the University, who hold Instrumental Awards, present a varied programme of chamber works in the beautiful surroundings of Emmanuel College Library.

For full programme details visit www.mus.cam.ac.uk nearer the time.

Tickets: £10
Students and under-18s: £3
Tickets include a glass of winer at the interval.

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Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

West Road Concert Hall
8:00pm, Saturday 7th March 2020

de Falla Nights in the Garden of Spain
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

Cambridge University Sinfonia
Tess Jackson conductor
Mark Zang piano (CUMS Concerto Competition 2019 prize-winner)

Tickets: £15, £10, £8
Concessions: £13, £8, £6
Students and under-18s: £3

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A murderous Sultan hears tales of princes and princesses, ginormous genies, mystical fakirs, an island on the back of a vast fish, violent storms and wild festivities in Rimsky-Korsakov’s enduring masterpiece. Convinced of women’s faithless capriciousness Sultan Shahryar takes a new wife every night and executes them come morning. However, the brilliant Scheherazade resolves to survive by telling a tale each evening which never concludes by daybreak, and the Sultan, eager to hear how the story ends, lets her live. For 1001 nights Scheherazade spins a new yarn until the Sultan falls in love and grants her her life. Rimsky-Korsakov brings these tales to vivid life with beautiful melodies and exquisite orchestration and CUMS Conducting Scholar 2019-20 Tess Jackson, with her Cambridge University Sinfonia, will be story-teller-in-chief. Where Rimsky-Korsakov brought to vivid life the sights, sounds and smells of a mythical orient, so Manuel de Falla wafts the scent of jasmine and citrus trees our way in his Nights in the Gardens of Spain, his own impressionistic depiction of an Andalucía of dreams and fantasy.


 

Les sirènes

West Road Concert Hall
8:00pm, Sunday 8th March 2020

Boulanger arr. Joy Lisney Renouveau
Boulanger arr. Joy Lisney Les sirènes
Ravel Trois Poèmes de Stéphane Mallarmé
Boulanger arr. Joy Lisney Soir sur la plaine
Ravel Introduction and Allegro
Messiaen O sacrum convivium
Boulanger arr. Joy Lisney Sous-bois
Ravel/Robin Holloway Un grand sommeil noir (world premiere)
Dukas arr. Toby Hession Les sirènes
Boulanger arr. Joy Lisney Hymne au Soleil

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
Seraphin Project
Richard Wilberforce conductor
Mary Bevan soprano

Tickets: £20, £16, £12
Students and under-18s: £16, £12, £8 or £5 on the door (subject to availability).

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Lunchtime Concert Series: Beethoven 2020, The Athena Ensemble

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 10th March 2020

Beethoven Septet Op.20

The Athena Ensemble
Leo Appel director

Admission free


 

King's Foundation Concert

5:30pm, Saturday 14th March 2020

Beethoven Mass in C

Cambridge University Orchestra
Daniel Hyde conductor

Tickets: £35, £27, £22, £15
Students and under-18s: £5


 

Easter Term 2020

Lunchtime Concert Series: Sophie Westbrooke Presents A Bach Family Affair

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 21st April 2020

Admission Free


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: Raikes Consort

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 28th April 2020

Poulenc La Voix Humaine

Raikes Consort
Jamie Conway 
director

Admission Free


 

Beethoven 2020: Symphony No.7

West Road Concert Hall
8:00pm, Saturday 2nd May 2020

Saturday 2 May 2020, 8.00pm

WEST ROAD CONCERT HALL

Michael Boyle New Work
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No.7

Cambridge University Orchestra
Thomas Gould
 violin/director
Joel Sandelson conductor

Tickets: £20, £14, £10
Concessions: £18, £12, £8
Students and under-18s: £5

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Shall we dance? Wagner said of Beethoven’s Seventh Symphony that it is “all tumult, all yearning and storming of the heart, become here the blissful insolence of joy, which carries us away with bacchanalian power through the roomy space of nature, through all the streams and seas of life, shouting in glad self-consciousness as we sound throughout the universe the daring strains of this human sphere-dance. The Symphony is the Apotheosis of the Dance itself: it is Dance in its highest aspect, the loftiest deed of bodily motion, incorporated into an ideal mould of tone.” Most commentary, both contemporary and thereafter, describes the bacchanalian fervour of Beethoven’s Symphony No.7, and leading Cambridge University Orchestra in this merry dance is violinist extraordinaire Thomas Gould. Gould turns soloist in Beethoven’s solitary violin concerto—a piece not well received upon its premiere, but now considered one of the finest masterpieces of the genre—and CUMS Composer in Residence 2018-19 Michael Boyle celebrates the 250thanniversary of Beethoven’s birth with a brand-new work, written especially for the orchestra.


 

Lunchtime Concert Series: The Athena and Leopold Ensembles

West Road Concert Hall
1:10pm, Tuesday 5th May 2020

Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Overture and Intermezzo, Op.21

The Athena Ensemble
Leo Appel 
director
Tess Jackson director

Mozart Piano Concerto No.20 in D Major K.466

The Leopold Ensemble
Matthew Gibson director

Admission Free


 

Bridges Over the River Cam

West Road Concert Hall
8:00pm, Tuesday 12th May 2020

Programme to include:
Bourgeois
 Bridges Over the River Cam
Kozhevnikov Symphony No.3, ‘Slavyanskaya’
Mike Mower Concerto for Flute and Wind Orchestra

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra
Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra
Carlos Rodríguez Otero
 conductor
Jenny Whitby flute

Tickets: £10
Concessions: £8
Students and under-18s: £3

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University of Cambridge alma mater and one-time student of Howells, Derek Bourgeois’ Bridges Over the River Cam was given its world premiere in the very hall in which tonight’s concert takes place: West Road Concert Hall. The work is an irreverent depiction of Bourgeois’ student days at Magdalene College, Cambridge and depicts his walks along ‘The Backs’, organists having fun at their instruments and drunken evenings, possibly in the college bar. Mike Mower is one of today’s leading flute soloists, and his concerto for flute and wind orchestra will certainly be a showpiece of the highest order for CUWO and the University of Cambridge’s very own virtuoso flautist, Jenny Whitby. Complementing these two pieces is Boris Kozhevnikov’s Symphony No. 3; a symphony with all the nationalistic fervour one would expect from the Soviet Union’s leading composer for military band.


 

Mozart Requiem

8:00pm, Saturday 13th June 2020

Mozart Symphony No. 35 in D, K.385
Mozart, arr. Süssmayr Requiem in D minor, K.626

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
East Anglia Chamber Orchestra

Richard Wilberforce conductor
Sophie Bevan soprano
Kate Symonds-Joy alto
James Way tenor
Ashley Riches bass

Tickets: £38, £35, £25, £14
Students and under-18s: £34, £31, £21, £10, or £5 on the door (subject to availability).


 
 

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Cambridge University Musical Society
West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Principal Guest Conductor
Sir Roger Norrington CBE
CUMS Conductor Laureate
Stephen Cleobury CBE
Director, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Martin Ennis
Artistic Advisor
Sian Edwards
Associate Directors, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
David Lowe, Nicholas Mulroy