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

In the autumn we look forward to welcoming the wonderful pianist Stephen Hough playing Chopin and Schumann, making his CMF debut. Returning to Cambridge are: the Academy of St Martin in the Fields with Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto; the Choir of King’s College and Academy of Ancient Music in Vivaldi’s Gloria; the 12 Ensemble playing music for strings by Max Richter; the Takács Quartet in Beethoven, Haydn & Janacek and Mahan Esfahani playing works by Bach. The NEXT Musicians of Birmingham Contemporary Music Group will give a special performance of Grisey’s cult Vortex Temporum and we have also co-commissioned A Percussionist’s Songbook: nine new ‘songs without words’ for pitched percussion and electronics, performed by Joby Burgess and released on video later this autumn.

The year of celebration began in March with the premiere of two filmed performances featuring Dunedin Consort playing Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 & No. 6, we continued with six live events (with audience) in June focussing on young artists. Sheku Kanneh-Mason – as soloist in Dvorak’s Cello Concerto with the London Mozart Players and alongside Isata Kanneh-Mason in a recital of Rachmaninov, Bridge and Britten – bookended performances by Chineke! Chamber Ensemble (playing Schubert’s Trout Quintet and works by Florence Price), and the 12 Ensemble in Shostakovich, Dowland, Caroline Shaw and Thomas Ades.

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