Lent Term 2020

Lunchtime Concert Series: Cambridge University Instrumental Award Scheme

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1:10pm, Tuesday 18th February 2020

Performances by musicians from the Cambridge University Instrumental Award Scheme

Admission free


Lunchtime Concert Series: The King's Men

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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

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5:00pm, 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. Soar astride your dragon to the peaks of the tallest mountains and plunge to the pits of the deepest ravines in an exciting concert guaranteed to take The Blues away. Tonight Oxford & Cambridge don’t compete, but combine to make sweet music together.


Lunchtime Concert Series: Cambridge University Chamber Choir

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1:10pm, Tuesday 3rd March 2020

Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Nicholas Mulroy director

Admission free


An Evening of Chamber Music

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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 wine at the interval.

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Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade

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8:00pm, Saturday 7th March 2020

Borodin Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor
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.

The Cumans, or Polovtsians, were an ancient nomadic people widely dispersed across the Eurasian Steppes. The 12th Century epic poem The Tale of Igor’s Campaign describes a semi-mythical failed campaign against these people and this was the inspiration of Borodin’s unfinished opera Prince Igor. The most enduring music from this opera is a set of dances from act I or II (dependent on version) depicting the wild pagan festivities of the Cumans. Musically Borodin’s work is firmly of a Russian Nationalist tradition of fascination with ancient heathen and oriental practices, traceable through Glinka (for example in his Ruslan and Ludmila), Rimsky – Korsakov (in Scheherazade) and on to Stravinsky (in most notably his Firebird and Rite of Spring). This manifests itself musically by associating the mythical orient or the untamed lands of the Steppes with chromaticism and melisma and contrasting this with a folk-like modality for the music of the Russian characters.


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

Mendelssohn Hebrides Overture

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 

Admission Free


Beethoven 2020: Symphony No.7

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

Saturday 2 May 2020, 8.00pm


Michael Boyle Des colombes et des crocodiles (world premiere)
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No.7

Cambridge University Orchestra
Thomas Gould
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 “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 
Tess Jackson director

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major ‘Italian’

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:
 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
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
Director, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Martin Ennis
Artistic Advisor
Sian Edwards
Associate Directors, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
David Lowe, Nicholas Mulroy