Victoria (harp) James Tyrnbull (oboe)

Victoria (harp) James Tyrnbull (oboe)
All Saints Church
Prizewinning artists and participating players in the Countess of Munster Recital Scheme, Victoria Davies and James Turnbull present a captivating programme which includes Michael Berkeley's Second Still Life and Alan Hoddinot's Bagatelle - delightful music written especially for the unusual combination of harp and oboe. Bach's Sonata in G minor for oboe will be heard in an arrangement for the two instruments, while Debussy's ravishing Deux Arabesques, and Fauré's Une châtelaine en sa tour are for harp alone.

Walking Tour of Cambridge Organs

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Walking Tour of Cambridge Organs
Multiple Venues

Starts at Peterhouse Porter's Lodge

Three different organs in three different historic chapel settings to see and hear. Each building will be introduced by distinguished art historian Dr Paul Binski, followed by a short recital by Anne Page. 

Patricia Rozario (soprano) and Mark Bebbington (piano)

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Patricia Rozario (soprano) and Mark Bebbington (piano)
Emmanuel United Reformed Church
Programme includes
Benjamin Britten Folksong arrangements including The Salley Gardens
John Tavener Schuon Lieder
Schubert Who is Sylvia, Die Sterne
Thomas Adès Five Eliot Landscapes
and songs by John Ireland and William Walton

International soprano Patricia Rozario's unique voice and artistry has inspired several of the world's leading composers to write for her, most notably Sir John Tavener, who has written over thirty works. Ranging from Tavener's haunting ‘Schuon Lieder', through Schubert's ‘Who is Sylvia' to Britten's enduring folksong arrangements, Ireland's ‘My True love hath my Heart' and Walton's ‘Old Sir Frank' this is a programme that will captivate and delight.

Alan Rowlands on John Ireland 2

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Alan Rowlands on John Ireland 2
Emmanuel United Reformed Church
The second of two one-hour lectures first given by the pianist Alan Rowlands as the Crees Lectures at the Royal College of Music (see page 5). Tea and cake will be available in the café after the illustrated talk.

Chichester Psalms - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge - Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2008

Chichester Psalms - The Choir of St John's College, Cambridge - Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2008
St John's College Chapel

Leonard Bernstein's Chichester Psalms

Andrew Nethsingha director
Leon Charles organ
Alison Martin harp
Cameron Sinclair percussion

Other works include: Purcell's Hear my prayer and Jehova, quam multi sunt hostes mei, Guerrero's O sacrum convivium, Viadana's Exultate justi, Francis Grier's Three devotions to Christ our Redeemer, and Elgar's Give unto the Lord.

For devotees of excellent choral music, no trip to Cambridge would be complete without hearing one of the University's best chapel choirs. We welcome St John's College Choir to the Festival for the first time in a programme with the favourite Bernstein's Chichester Psalms as its central choral work, as well as some of the loveliest Continental and English sacred choral masterpieces.The concert also features harp solos and a duet for percussion and organ.

Mark Bebbington - piano

Mark Bebbington - piano
Fitzwilliam Museum

Beethoven Sonata in C minor op. 13 (Pathétique)
Sonata in F minor op. 57 (Appassionata)
Ireland Three London Pieces
Debussy La cathedrale engloutie, Feux d'artifice
Liszt/Wagner Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde
Liszt/Verdi Concert Paraphrase on Rigoletto

Mark Bebbington contrasts two of Beethoven's best loved piano sonatas with gems of English and French musical impressionism, and rounds off his programme with colourful and virtuosic Liszt.

'A truly remarkable pianist.'
The Times.

'Intrepidly communicative.'
Gramophone Magazine Editor's Choice


Brahm's Requiem - Stephen Cleobury conductor - Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2008

Brahm's Requiem - Stephen Cleobury conductor - Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2008
King's College Cambridge

This performance brings together many members of choirs from Cambridge and the surrounding area, including members of Cambridge University Musical Society and Cambridge Philharmonic Choral Society, into a glorious ‘Festival Chorus' under the baton of King's College Chapel's Director of Music, Stephen Cleobury. 

Stephen Cleobury conductor

Miranda Keys soprano
Richard Lloyd Morgan baritone
The Cambridge Orchestra

Johannes Brahms Variations on a Theme by Haydn (St Anthony Chorale) and Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op 45

Brahms's Requiem, his greatest choral work, is deeply personal, moving and expresses great hope, using inspiration from the Lutheran Bible to produce music that sings of human compassion, in German rather than the usual Latin.


Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain

Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain
Cambridge Corn Exchange, The
The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, seen and heard across the globe, is simultaneously provocative, entertaining and inspiring. Their shows combine music, humour and intelligence with silliness. Using a menagerie of voices and cheap instruments, the orchestra elicits emotion and thought in unexpected forms and successfully mixes highbrow with lowbrow to appeal to an astonishingly broad audience. Wherever The Ukulele Orchestra performs, from Never Mind The Buzzcock's Christmas Special, Jools Holland's Hootenanny, to Blue Peter, to the smallest pub in England, they bring a hilarious style of music virtuoso that is
all their own.

A concert by the Ukulele Orchestra is a funny, virtuosic, twanging, singing, awesome, foot-stomping obituary of rock ‘n' roll and melodious light entertainment featuring the ‘bonsai guitar' and a menagerie of voices in re-workings of rock ‘n' roll, punk, jazz classical music and toe-tapping oldies.

'Perfectly polished professionalism, threaded through with dry wit and wry humour.'
The Independent

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Thaxted Parish Church
The Hymn of Jesus

Vaughan Williams
Toward the Unknown Region

Belshazzar's Feast

Hertfordshire Chorus is one of the finest large choirs in the country with a repertoire that spans traditional and contemporary works, including several new commissions. Recent performances have included concerts in the Royal Albert Hall with Daniele Gatti and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and a Christmas concert there with José Carreras broadcast on Radio 2. The Chorus performs in other major venues including the Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican, the Sage in Gateshead and Durham Cathedral, as well as in Hertfordshire. It regularly tours abroad, to Sicily, Seville, Perugia, Valencia and, most recently, Krakow.

Holst and Vaughan Williams were close friends: Vaughan Williams wrote at least one major work for Holst's Whitsuntide Singers in Thaxted Church. Both will often have played the Lincoln organ in the North Transept. The Festival closes with one of the most exciting choral works ever written - Walton's dramatic masterpiece charting the downfall of King Belshazzar!


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