The impact of Covid-19 has been felt by everyone. Like many, Cambridge Music Festival was hit hard: tiers, lockdowns, government guidelines and social distancing thwarted our artistic plans and cut off vital income from sponsors, donors and ticket sales. Our November 2020 festival (which fell during the second lockdown) was postponed to March, and was then redefined as a flexible series across the year, from March to November.

Events this year included 13 concerts and 13 films, involving artists such as Sheku and Isata Kanneh-Mason, Stephen Hough, Takács Quartet, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Dunedin Consort, Chineke!, the Choir of King’s College and many more.

The Festival has received no support from public funders or the Arts Council’s  Cultural Recovery Fund, and alternative sources of income (such as from online events) fall a long way short of what we need to pay the artists and cover costs.

We now have exciting plans for 2022 and are busy talking to a brilliant and varied line-up of artists for a new year of events.


CMF Anniversary Fund: getting back to live music

To achieve this, we need your help. Can you help us to support artists, get back to live music and nourish local audiences?


The Festival welcomes donations of any size to the Anniversary Fund. All donations matter. Thank you.

Major Donors

If you are able to support at a higher level, please consider becoming a Major Donor. Thresholds start at £300 and £1,000 a year and benefits include priority booking, access to the best seats in the house, advance notice of Festival plans and invitations to private events.

Your donation will:

    • Attract world class artists who rarely if ever come to Cambridge
    • Showcase exceptional young musicians
    • Enable a varied programme that combines gems of the last 500 years with new works by emerging composers
    • Deepen involvement with the community through free out-door events

To find out more about becoming a Major Donor, please contact Justin Lee, the Festival Director, at