Three contrasting programmes form our spring 2022 series – a new venture for CMF as we continue to explore flexible date arrangements, with several mini-festivals popping up through the year.
Already on sale is 12 Ensemble (7 March), much loved by CMF audiences, playing Schubert’s iconic Death and the Maiden Quartet in their own arrangement for small string ensemble. It’s preceded by Anna Clyne’s Within Her Arms and an arrangement of an antiphon by 12th century composer Hildegard of Bingen – two pieces composed nine centuries apart but sharing the common theme of motherhood. Buy tickets
Coming on sale this week is another Festival favourite, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (29 March), this time in chamber ensemble format, who play Mendelssohn’s Octet and works by Bach and Sally Beamish in the intimate surroundings of the newly-refurbished Cambridge Union debating chamber.
To follow, an evening exploring hidden gems of Russian Orthodox choral music, with the outstanding choir Tenebrae (27 April), in St John’s College Chapel. Featuring excerpts of Rachmaninov’s famous All Night Vigil (Vespers), expect to be transported to a candle-lit, incense-filled church in Moscow or St Petersburg.