This year’s Cambridge Music Festival, taking place from 12 to 22 November, features a few early music highlights for appreciators in the area.

Andreas Scholl makes a return to this year’s festival, performing music by Purcell with King’s College Choir and Florilegium. Pieces to be featured include the odes Welcome to all the Pleasures (to St Cecilia) and Come Ye Sons of Art. The performance will take place at King’s College Chapel on 18 November.

Violinist Nigel Kennedy will perform an eclectic programme, featuring a selection of music for solo violin by Bach, including partitas and the solo sonata in A minor, followed by a jump forward in time to perform music of 1940s jazz pianist and singer Fats Waller with a quartet on 13 November at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

The Academy of St Martin in the Fields feature on 20 November under the direction of American conductor Murray Perahia; they will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 5 Emperor, as well as Haydn’s Symphony No. 77.

Other highlights include a recital by tenor James Gilchrist and pianist Anna Tilbrook looking at the themes of water, sea, love and loss in Schubert’s lieder.

The Cambridge Music Festival was founded in 1991. The festival was originally created to mark the two-hundredth anniversary of Mozart’s death.

(Image © Decca/James McMillan)


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