Cambridge Music Festival is the boutique classical event that attracts some of the very best musicians in the world to the city every November.

This year’s Festival is now over.

From Amy Dickson to Zubin Kanga, from Renaissance polyphony to sci-fi-inspired electronica, we hosted the best the classical music world has to offer in venues across the city.

Artists joined us from as far away as the USA and Australia (and from as nearby as King’s Parade) for 12 thrilling concerts over ten days, opening with Handel’s glorious Coronation Anthems (King’s College Choir and AAM), and closing with Mendelssohn’s deeply romantic violin concerto, played by Joshua Bell and ASMF.

In between, we had works for saxophone, Messiaen played by Steven Osborne, a journey through the soundworld of Spectralism, the Young Composers’ Network, The Sixteen & Britten Sinfonia performing James MacMillan, I Fagiolini‘s fascinating take on Leonardo, cello masterworks with Natalie Clein, new works for piano and electronics, exquisite chamber music on the theme of night and dreams, and a homage to Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club de France.


Visit our News page to read exclusive interviews with Natalie Clein and Zubin Kanga, and our Stories Behind the Music, on themes such as Django Reinhardt’s rise to fame, the extraordinary women behind much of early 20th-century European music, and a piece about three of the eight female composers featured in this year’s Festival.

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Cambridge Music Festival: you can call it ‘classical’ – it’s just great music. No experience necessary.

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