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Cambridge Music Festival attracts world-class artists to the city each November with a programme of music, education and technology – three areas for which Cambridge is renowned worldwide.
2017 FESTIVAL: full details of the festival in November 2017 will be announced in the summer, and tickets go on sale on 1 September. Plans for 2017 include Joshua Bell with the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, the Gabrieli Consort and Players, Europe's vibrant new black/asian/minority ethnic orchestra Chineke!, with recitals from Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Mahan Esfahani, and a super-group of the UK's best wind players assembled by Michael Collins to perform Mozart's 'Gran Partita' for 13 wind instruments.
PAST FESTIVALS: Cambridge Music Festival's commitment to attracting world-class artists can been seen in the stellar line-ups of recent years: 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 Academy of Ancient Music, Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Aurora Orchestra, 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 the Aurora Orchestra and Piano Circus.