Lent Term 2019

LUCY WALKER AND PATRICK BEVAN

1:10pm, Tuesday 15th January 2019

 
CUMS CONCERTO COMPETITION PRIZEWINNERS 2018 LUCY WALKER AND PATRICK BEVAN

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm West Road Concert Hall


 

Britten War Requiem in King’s

8:00pm, Saturday 19th January 2019


 
Britten War Requiem in King’s

Saturday 19 January 2019, 8.00pm
KING’S COLLEGE CHAPEL

Britten War Requiem

Cambridge University Orchestra
Cambridge University Sinfonia
Choirs of Clare, Jesus, Selwyn and Trinity Colleges
Cambridge University Chamber Choir

Graham Ross conductor
Natalya Romaniw soprano
Ed Lyon tenor
Gareth John bass

Tickets: £35, £30, £20, £6
Students and under-18s: £31, £26, £16 or £5 on the door, subject to availability
Available here

 
This is a concert not to be missed, and we eagerly await the skilled playing of the Cambridge University Orchestra, joined by members of the Cambridge University Sinfonia, the Cambridge University Chamber Choir, and Choirs of Clare, Jesus, Selwyn and Trinity Colleges under the baton of Graham Ross and with soloists Natalya Romaniw, the first person ever to win both the Loveday Song Prize and first prize at the Kathleen Ferrier Awards, Ed Lyon, one of Britain’s most sought-after and versatile tenors, and Gareth John, winner of the Kathleen Ferrier Award and rising opera star with organizations including the Welsh National Opera.

It is difficult to overstate the immensity and the musical and emotional impact of Britten’s War Requiem, a piece commissioned for the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral and dedicated to four men who lost their lives because of the war. Britten weaves together the traditional Latin Mass and poetry by Wilfred Owen and heavily features the unifying motif of the tritone, a haunting and unresolved interval.

Calling upon a symphony orchestra, a chamber ensemble, a large-scale choir, a boys’ choir, and three soloists, which only unify in the final minutes of the piece, the War Requiem ends at rest with a pleading sense of hope after vividly reminding us of the beautiful terrors of war and loss.

 
Thank you to


 

JAMES MITCHELL, NICK MAIER, CATRIONA BOURNE

1:10pm, Tuesday 22nd January 2019

 
JAMES MITCHELL AND NICK MAIER

Debussy Petite Suite
with CUMS CONCERTO COMPETITION PRIZEWINNER 2018 CATRIONA BOURNE
Programme TBC

Tuesday, 22 January 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm West Road Concert Hall


 

CAMBRIDGE MAHLER ORCHESTRA

1:10pm, Tuesday 29th January 2019

 
CAMBRIDGE MAHLER ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY ED LIEBRECHT

Biber arr. E Liebrecht Battalia à 10 (1673)
Ward new commission (2018/19)
Copland Appalachian Spring Suite for 13 instruments (1944)

Tuesday, 29 January 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm West Road Concert Hall


 

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR

1:10pm, Tuesday 5th February 2019

 
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR DIRECTED BY NICHOLAS MULROY

Theatre of the Senses

With players from Collegium Musicum

Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm Old Divinity School, St John’s College


 

Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

8:00pm, Saturday 16th February 2019

© Alan Kerr


 
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Saturday 16 February 2019, 8.00pm
WEST ROAD CONCERT HALL

Rachmaninov Symphonic Dances
Stravinsky The Rite of Spring

Cambridge University Orchestra
Duncan Ward conductor

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

 
This February, the Cambridge University Orchestra, under the baton of Duncan Ward, presents a concert of Rachmaninov and Stravinsky, featuring symphonic invocations of dance in the form of two breath-taking meditations on life, death, and history. Ward, known for his balance of verve and composure, has recently conducted orchestras including Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen and the major symphony orchestras of the BBC.

Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, his final composition, melds themes from Rachmaninov’s earlier works, traditional religious motifs including the Dies Irae, rhythmic vivacity and physicality, and lush harmonies.

Few pieces of classical music, and fewer from the twentieth century, are as famous or as famously shocking as Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring. Depicting rituals for welcoming spring that culminate in a young woman dancing herself to death as sacrificial victim, Rite showcases Stravinsky’s experimentations in rhythm and tonality melded with hauntingly beautiful melodies like the opening bassoon line.

Truly a concert of masterworks!


 

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLEGIUM MUSICUM

1:10pm, Tuesday 19th February 2019

 
CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY COLLEGIUM MUSICUM

MARGARET FAULTLESS, director

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm Old Divinity School, St John’s College


 

Living Notes: Opus Ones

7:30pm, Saturday 23rd February 2019


 
Living Notes: Opus Ones

Saturday 23 February 2019, 7.30pm
STAPLEFORD GRANARY

Richard Causton Notturno
Julian Anderson The Bearded Lady
Julian Anderson Van Gogh Blue
Joy Lisney New Work
Britten Sinfonietta op.1

University of Cambridge New Music Ensemble
Naomi Woo conductor

Opus Ones – introduced by Donald Macleod
Composer of the Week presenter, BBC Radio 3

Tickets: £15
Students and under-18s: £5
Available here

 
Hosted by Radio 3’s Donald Macleod, Opus Ones focusses on the lightbulb moment in a composer’s early development when she or he arrives on the scene with that crucial first piece, or opus 1. This evening of music and conversation features works by Julian Anderson (‘amongst the most talented composers of his generation’), Richard Causton (‘one of the most courageous and uncompromising artists we have’) and Joy Lisney, a cellist and composer at the beginning of her career whose music is refined and exquisitely crafted. The programme is completed by Benjamin Britten’s Sinfonietta op.1, composed when he was just 18 years old.

Living Notes is a new concert series at Stapleford Granary in which audience, composers and performers meet for an evening of thought-provoking and imaginative dialogue in words and music. For further information please visit staplefordgranary.org.uk


 

CUMS CONCERTO COMPETITION FINAL 2019

1:10pm, Tuesday 26th February 2019

 
CUMS CONCERTO COMPETITION FINAL 2019

Performances by the CUMS Concerto Competition finalists

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm West Road Concert Hall


 

An Evening of Chamber Music

8:00pm, Friday 1st March 2019


 
An Evening of Chamber Music

Friday 1 March 2019, 8.00pm
PEMBROKE COLLEGE OLD LIBRARY

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


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

Tickets: £10
Students and under-18s: £3
Available here

Tickets include a glass of wine at the interval


 

Varsity Concert: Bristol and Cambridge University Wind Orchestras

5:00pm, Saturday 2nd March 2019

 

© Tom Porteous


Varsity Concert: Bristol and Cambridge University Wind Orchestras

Saturday 2 March 2019, 5.00pm
TRINITY COLLEGE CHAPEL

Programme to include:
John Adams arr. Lawrence T Odon Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Prokofiev arr. James Curnow Peter and the Wolf
David Maslanka Golden Light
Copland arr. Hilliard Hoe-Down

Bristol University Wind Orchestra
Cambridge University Wind Orchestra

Join the Bristol and Cambridge University Wind Orchestras for their annual Varsity Concert, featuring exciting and classic wind band music. For further details, be sure to check out our Facebook page, @camuniwinds!

Tickets: £10
Students and under-18s: £3
Available here


 

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY INSTRUMENTAL AWARD SCHEME

1:10pm, Tuesday 5th March 2019

 
Performances by musicians from the

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY INSTRUMENTAL AWARD SCHEME

Tuesday, 5 March 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm West Road Concert Hall


 

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra Schools Concert

1:00pm, Wednesday 6th March 2019

 

© Tom Porteous


Cambridge University Wind Orchestra Schools Concert

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 1.00pm
WEST ROAD CONCERT HALL

John Adams arr. Lawrence T Odon Short Ride in a Fast Machine
Prokofiev arr. James Curnow Peter and the Wolf
Arr. John Higgins Disney at the Movies
David Maslanka Golden Light
Copland arr. Hilliard Hoe-Down

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra
Edward Liebrecht conductor

A varied and playful programme aimed at sparking the imagination of children whilst teaching them about music. Pieces will be accompanied by a colourful projected presentation. Tickets are £3 for children and £5 for adults. If your school would like to attend please contact Jonny Lewis-Brown at jsl62@cam.ac.uk.

The concert welcomes home-schooled children.


 

Dvořák Stabat Mater

7:30pm, Saturday 9th March 2019


 
Dvořák Stabat Mater

Saturday 9 March 2019, 7.30pm
ST MARY’S CHURCH, SAFFRON WALDEN
Sunday 10 March 2019, 6.00pm
EMMANUEL UNITED REFORM CHURCH, CAMBRIDGE

Dvořák arr. Janáček Six Moravian Choruses
Suk Spring op.22a
Janáček Elegy
Dvořák Stabat Mater

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
Richard Wilberforce conductor
Helena Moore soprano
Ute Lepetit-Clare alto
Michael Bell tenor
Louis Wilson bass

Tickets: £20, £13
Concessions: £18, £11
Students and under-18s: £16, £9 or £5 on the door, subject to availability
9 March
10 March

 
The Symphony Chorus, under their new musical director Richard Wilberforce, present a concert of transportative Czech music including Janáček’s elegy for his beloved daughter and the original version of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, composed after the death of his own daughter.

This concert celebrates Dvořák and his personal and compositional connections; the programme also features a work by Suk, Dvořák’s son-in-law, and a composition of Dvořák’s arranged by Janáček. Though each of these works is a beautiful evocation in its own right, it is the Stabat Mater, a powerful combination of personal and religious meditation on pain and grief, but also jubilation and consolation, which is truly the focal piece of this concert.


 

Shostakovich Symphony No.1

8:00pm, Saturday 9th March 2019


 
Shostakovich Symphony No.1

Saturday 9 March 2019, 8.00pm
WEST ROAD CONCERT HALL

Michael Boyle New Work (CUMS Composer in Residence 2018-9) (World Première)
Brahms Piano Concerto No.1
Shostakovich Symphony No.1

Cambridge University Sinfonia
Toby Hession conductor (CUMS Conducting Scholar 2018)
Yuanfan Yang piano

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

 
The Cambridge University Sinfonia, conducted by Toby Hession, the CUMS Conducting Scholar 2018, is joined by pianist Yuanfan Yang to present a concert of “firsts”. After a world première from CUMS Composer in Residence 2018-9 Michael Boyle, the orchestra will accompany Yang in Brahms’ first piano concerto and then perform Shostakovich’s first symphony.

Cambridge alumnus Michael Boyle focuses on capturing natural forms and is known for his clear, dramatic and evocative compositional voice. Yuanfan Yang has won numerous awards, including 1st Prize at the Cleveland International Young Artists Piano Competition and 1st Prize at the 4th International Franz Liszt Piano Competition, and his playing was described by International Piano Magazine as “brilliantly executed, beautifully organised, breathless in its excitement and deeply affecting in its sentiments”.

Although we think of Shostakovich of the more shocking composer of the pair, with his combination of deep-reaching satire and beautifully evoked tragedy, Brahms’ concerto was perhaps more shockingly received – with disappointed hisses from the audience! Now, however, we recognize the masterful combination of concerto with symphonic structure and Brahms’ distinctive combination of confident, soaring imagination and Beethovenian impressions.

The concert concludes with Shostakovich’s Symphony No.1, written for his graduation from the Petrograd Conservatory but already characteristic of Shostakovich’s sophisticated style, featuring beautiful melodies, sarcastic waltzes, and rousing fanfares.


 

Dvořák Stabat Mater

7:30pm, Sunday 10th March 2019


 
Dvořák Stabat Mater

Saturday 9 March 2019, 7.30pm
ST MARY’S CHURCH, SAFFRON WALDEN
Sunday 10 March 2019, 6.00pm
EMMANUEL UNITED REFORM CHURCH, CAMBRIDGE

Dvořák arr. Janáček Six Moravian Choruses
Suk Spring op.22a
Janáček Elegy
Dvořák Stabat Mater

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
Richard Wilberforce conductor
Helena Moore soprano
Ute Lepetit-Clare alto
Michael Bell tenor
Louis Wilson bass

Tickets: £20, £13
Concessions: £18, £11
Students and under-18s: £16, £9 or £5 on the door, subject to availability
9 March
10 March

 
The Symphony Chorus, under their new musical director Richard Wilberforce, present a concert of transportative Czech music including Janáček’s elegy for his beloved daughter and the original version of Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, composed after the death of his own daughter.

This concert celebrates Dvořák and his personal and compositional connections; the programme also features a work by Suk, Dvořák’s son-in-law, and a composition of Dvořák’s arranged by Janáček. Though each of these works is a beautiful evocation in its own right, it is the Stabat Mater, a powerful combination of personal and religious meditation on pain and grief, but also jubilation and consolation, which is truly the focal piece of this concert.


 

OPERAZONE COLLECTIVE

1:10pm, Tuesday 12th March 2019

 
OPERAZONE COLLECTIVE DIRECTED BY LUKE FITZGERALD

Walton The Bear

Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm West Road Concert Hall


 

King's Foundation Concert

5:30pm, Saturday 16th March 2019


 
King’s Foundation Concert

Saturday 16 March 2019, 5.30pm
KING’S COLLEGE CHAPEL

Bruckner Ecce sacerdos magnus
Elgar Variations on an Original Theme ‘Enigma’, Op.36
Bruckner Mass in E minor

Cambridge University Orchestra
Members of the Choir of King’s College (past and present)
Stephen Cleobury conductor

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


 

Easter Term 2019

THE LEOPOLD ENSEMBLE

1:10pm, Tuesday 23rd April 2019

 
THE LEOPOLD ENSEMBLE DIRECTED BY MATTHEW GIBSON

Mozart Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro
Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 in D Major “Coronation”

Tuesday, 23 April 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm West Road Concert Hall


 

Songs of Love

8:00pm, Thursday 25th April 2019

 

Songs of Love

Thursday 25 April 2019, 8.00pm
ROBINSON COLLEGE CHAPEL

Secular works by Brahms, including Liebeslieder Waltzes, vocal quartets and piano solos

Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Martin Ennis director
Edward Reeve piano

There will be a pre-concert talk that will start at 7.30pm.
Admission is free. This performance is part of the third Cambridge Brahms Festival, which runs from Monday 22nd to Saturday 27th April 2019. See www.adcticketing.com/brahmsfestival for full details.


 

SAXOPHONE CHOIR

1:10pm, Tuesday 30th April 2019

 
SAXOPHONE CHOIR DIRECTED BY IGNACIO MAÑÁ-MESAS

Tuesday, 30 April 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm West Road Concert Hall


 

Robert Cohen directs Cambridge University Orchestra

8:00pm, Saturday 4th May 2019

© Christine Lalla

 
Robert Cohen directs Cambridge University Orchestra

Saturday 4 May 2019, 8.00pm
WEST ROAD CONCERT HALL

Rossini Overture from ‘L’Italiana in Algeri’
Haydn Cello Concerto in D
Bloch From Jewish Life
Mozart Symphony No.41, ‘Jupiter’ K.551

Cambridge University Orchestra
Robert Cohen cello/director

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

 
For their final concert of the season, the Cambridge University Orchestra are joined by cellist Robert Cohen. One of the foremost cellists of our time, Cohen has been described as “a virtuoso of genius” and “divinely gifted”. Cohen also maintains an active career as a conductor and in 2010 became professor of cello at the Royal Academy of Music.

After Rossini’s overture to “L’Italiana in Algeri”, always a favorite, Cohen will perform two works for solo cello and orchestra, Haydn’s stately and lyrical cello concerto in D and Bloch’s deeply moving From Jewish Life. The concert concludes with Mozart’s Jupiter symphony, a perennial favorite from its energetic opening chords to its cantabile slow movement to its folk-like minuet to its fugal finale.

In a concert contrasting and combining poise and passion, the Cambridge University Orchestra and Robert Cohen show the talent and artistry of our student instrumentalists.


 

2020 CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

1:10pm, Tuesday 7th May 2019

 
2020 CHAMBER ORCHESTRA DIRECTED BY OLIVER COPE

Panufnik Violin Concerto
Shostakovich Chamber Symphony Op.110a

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series
ADMISSION FREE
1.10pm – 1.55pm West Road Concert Hall


 

Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

8:00pm, Tuesday 7th May 2019

© Tom Porteous


 
Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue

Tuesday 7 May 2019, 8.00pm
WEST ROAD CONCERT HALL

Programme to include:
Gershwin arr. Hunsberger Rhapsody in Blue
David Maslanka Symphony No.4

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra
Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra
Edward Liebrecht conductor
Luke Pitzer piano (CUMS Concerto Competition 2018 prize-winner)

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

 
For their final concert of the year, CUWO are pleased to join forces with the Jazz Orchestra and with CUMS Concerto Competition 2018 prize-winner pianist Luke Pitzer to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue – a piece that surely requires no introduction!

The rest of the concert is equally exciting, allowing the Wind Orchestra to show off their talents in a range of concert band classics, Horovitz’s Bacchus on Blue Ridge, Whitacre’s October, and Maslanka’s Symphony No.4.


 

May Week Concert 2019

8:00pm, Saturday 15th June 2019

©Robert Workman


 
May Week Concert

Saturday 15 June 2019, 8.00pm
KING’S COLLEGE CHAPEL

Mussorgsky arr. Rimsky-Korsakov Night on Bald Mountain
Mussorgsky Selections from Boris Godunov
Stravinsky/Bach Chorale Variations on “Vom Himmel hoch da komm’ ich her”
Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms

Cambridge University Sinfonia
Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
Ryan Wigglesworth, Toby Hession conductors
Sir John Tomlinson bass

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


For their final concert of the 2018/19 season, Cambridge University Sinfonia come together with the Symphony Chorus under the batons of Ryan Wigglesworth and Toby Hession. They are joined by the eminent Sir John Tomlinson, CBE.

Tomlinson has appeared with all the major British opera companies, and he has sung at the Bayreuth Festival in Germany every year from 1988 to 2006, perhaps most notably as Wotan. We are honoured to welcome him to sing selections from Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov.

 
We are also particularly excited to close the concert with Symphony of Psalms, Stravinsky’s epic three-movement choral symphony, which makes fantastic use of both our large-scale symphony chorus and also our talented Sinfonia.

Mussorgsky’s masterpiece opera, sung by one of the most talented opera singers in the world, together with his Night on Bald Mountain and Stravinsky’s Chorale Variations and Symphony of Psalms make a fitting end to a deeply Russian year at the Cambridge University Musical Society, as does the return of conductor Ryan Wigglesworth, who joined us for our Season Launch as well.


 
 

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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