Cambridge Music Festival is marking its 30th year with a special series of events, throughout 2021.

Having begun in March with the premiere of two filmed performances featuring Dunedin Consort playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 & No. 6, the coming months will feature a range of online and live performances. Six live events (with audience) in June focus on young artists. Sheku Kanneh-Mason shot to fame after performing at Harry and Meghan’s wedding. He features as soloist in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the London Mozart Players (5 June) and alongside his equally talented pianist sister Isata in a recital of Rachmaninov, Bridge and Britten (28 June).

The celebrated Chineke! ensemble return to CMF on 21 June with Schubert’s Trout Quintet and works by Florence Price. The 12 Ensemble – described as having “spunk, originality & class” by The Strad – combines Shostakovich with DowlandCaroline Shaw and Thomas Ades in their concert on 25 June.

Matinee and evening performances plus a £8 ticket for under 18s will appeal to a broad audience; whilst a Covid-safe environment and ticket refund promise will give ticket-holders confidence to book for this mini ‘pop-up’ version of the annual Festival.

Later in the year we look forward to welcoming the wonderful pianist Stephen Hough playing Chopin, Schumann and more, and the Choir of King’s College. We have also co-commissioned A Percussionist’s Songbook: nine new ‘songs without words’ for pitched percussion and electronics, performed by Joby Burgess.

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



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