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Cambridge Music Festival attracts world-class artists to the city each November as part of an eclectic programme that explores the full range of classical music, from familiar favourites to electronica and improvisation.
2018 FESTIVAL: full details of the festival, 14 - 26 November 2018, will be announced in the summer, and tickets go on sale on 1 September. Plans for this year include Murray Perahia with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Choir of King's College Cambridge with orchestra, and festival debuts by the Takacs Quartet and cellist Steven Isserlis.
PAST FESTIVALS: Cambridge Music Festival's commitment to attracting world-class artists can been seen in the stellar line-ups of recent years (since 2012): from Steve Reich (with the Colin Currie Group) and Philip Glass (The Philip Glass Ensemble) to soloists such as Murray Perahia, Andras Schiff, Joshua Bell, Nigel Kennedy, Andreas Scholl, Ian Bostridge, Alison Balsom and many more; chamber groups from the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet to Borodin String Quartet; and many of the UK’s leading orchestras including the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, BBC Concert Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Philharmonia Orchestra.
A new music programme attracts audiences of all ages and backgrounds to events that focus on free concerts and outdoor light/sound shows projected onto Cambridge’s iconic buildings. In 2012, King’s College Chapel provided the backdrop for ‘Plenum’, an exploration of biblical and scientific accounts of the world’s creation, while Eric Whitacre’s ‘Water Night’ (in 2013) brought together nearly 4,000 singers from over 70 countries, all projected onto the classical splendour of the Senate House. New music events, which often feature electronica and improvisation, have attracted artists ranging from Joby Burgess, Manu Delago, Pekka Kuusisto and Matthew Barley to Aurora Orchestra and Piano Circus.