The Opium Salon

The Opium Salon
Kettle's Yard

Settings of _Les Fleurs du Mal_ by Charles Baudelaire (first published 1857), which TS Eliot called the greatest example of modern poetry in any language.
Jonathan Sells, baritone
Marc Verter, piano


Chausson - L'Albatros
Duparc - La Vie antérieure
Debussy - Le Balcon
Debussy - Harmonie du soir
Fauré - Chant d'automne
Debussy - La Mort des amants
Debussy - Le Jet d'eau
Debussy - Receuillement


The Belcea Quartet, with VALENTIN ERBEN (Alban Berg Quartet)

The Belcea Quartet
The Belcea Quartet, with VALENTIN ERBEN (Alban Berg Quartet)
Peterhouse College Theatre

Joseph Haydn Quartet in F sharp minor, Op. 50, no. 4
Ludwig van Beethoven Quartet in F minor, Op. 95
Franz Schubert String Quintet in C major, D. 956

"A world-class ensemble" The Guardian, 23 September 2008

The Belcea Quartet has gained an enviable reputation as one of the leading quartets of the new generation, and make their debut this summer at the Salzburg Festival. They continue to take the British and international chamber music circuit by storm, consistently receiving critical acclaim for their performances. The Quartet was formed in 1994 and has since been coached by the Chilingirian, Amadeus and Alban Berg Quartets.

Tickets: £15, £10, £5 (students). Available from 01223 96 8333/ the door
Online tickets:

Students at Trinity, Peterhouse, and Queens can reserve free tickets to collect on the door by emailing Daniel Hill on Please note, tickets are added to a waiting list and allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

The Belcea Quartet has an exclusive recording contract with EMI Classics and won the Gramophone Award for best debut recording in 2001. Subsequent recordings for EMI include Schubert quartets, Brahms' String Quartet Op. 51 No. 1 and second String Quintet with Thomas Kakuska, Fauré's La Bonne Chanson with Ian Bostridge, Schubert's Trout Quintet with Thomas Adès and Corin Long, a double disc of Britten's string quartets, Mozart's “Dissonance” and “Hoffmeister” quartets, and, most recently, the complete Bartók quartets, for which the Quartet was awarded the title Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year by Germany's prestigious Echo Klassik Awards and nominated for a 2008 Gramophone Award.

One Voice Sings

One Voice Sings
Anglia Ruskin Drama Centre
A beating heart - a lone voice - a theatrical setting - songs and works exploring vocal sounds from lamentation to joyous celebration: one voice sings new life into song.

Anglia Ruskin Drama Centre

The Anglia Ruskin Drama Centre is currently used by Anglia Ruskin Performing Arts students. It hosts. . . more>>

A Musical Feast. Summer Concert: Sutton Church

A Musical Feast. Summer Concert: Sutton Church
Sutton Church

Ely Sinfonia presents A Musical Feast
A fabulous spread of classical orchestral favourites for a musical summer’s evening
St Andrew’s Church, Sutton at 7.30pm. Steve Bingham - violin and conductor
Helen-Louise Baker – flute, Daniel de-Fry – harp,
Programme: Beethoven Fidelio Overture, Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments, Mozart Concerto for Flute and Harp, Elgar :Serenade for Strings, Bach : Violin Concerto in E. Rossini :Thieving Magpie Overture

Tickets £10, £5 (U16s) from: Burrows Bookshop, High Street Passage, Tel: 01353 669759
Information 01638 780275. (10% discount for Friends of Ely Sinfonia)
Hon. President Raphael Wallfisch

Sutton Church

Image of place.

A Church that exists to serve the whole Christian Community in the Village
Although largely. . . more>>

The Maltings, Ely

Image of place.

The Maltings is a truly memorable venue in the heart of the city of Ely, on the doorstep of Cambr. . . more>>

American Connections

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American Connections
St Mary's Church, Saffron Walden

Cambridge Chorale (adult category finalists in BBC Radio 3 Choir of the Year 2008) return to the beautiful setting of St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden, with a superb programme of American-themed choral works.

Leonard Bernstein’s intriguing transatlantic commission, Chichester Psalms, performed here in its chamber version of organ, harp and percussion, is set alongside Michael Tippett’s moving arrangements of African-American spirituals taken from his oratorio, A Child of Our Time. Further choral masterpieces featured include Samuel Barber’s exquisite Agnus Dei, and Water Night from the USA’s hottest contemporary composer, Eric Whitacre. Finally, five of the best-loved American folk songs – including Yankee Doodle and Shenandoah – are given an imaginative makeover, courtesy of English arranger Daryl Runswick.

Tickets are available from Cambridge Corn Exchange box office in person or on 01223 357851 and on the door. Groups of 5 or more contact for discounted bookings.

For more information about Cambridge Chorale and our conductor Julian Wilkins please visit our website

CUMS II: Bruch, Stravinsky, Villa-Lobos, and Wagner with Sophie Gledhill

CUMS II: Bruch, Stravinsky, Villa-Lobos, and Wagner with Sophie Gledhill
West Road Concert Hall Cambridge

Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Stravinsky Octet
Villa-Lobos Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9
Bruch Kol Nidrei


Daniel Hill conductor
Sophie Gledhill cello

Tickets: £10/£8/£5 from or Maggie Heywood (01223 365110)

CUMS: Beethoven Symohony No. 9 and Peter Maxwell Davies World Premiere

CUMS: Beethoven Symohony No. 9 and Peter Maxwell Davies World Premiere
King's College Cambridge

Sat 13th June 2009, 19:30, King's College Chapel
Cambridge University Musical Society

PETER MAXWELL DAVIES - "The Sorcerer's Mirror"
World Premiere commissioned by CUMS in celebration of the University of Cambridge's 800th anniversary.

Libretto by Andrew Motion

Free pre-concert talk in Keynes Hall at 6.30pm by Robert Culshaw

Lynne Dawson soprano'
Madeleine Shaw mezzo'
Robin Leggate tenor'
Gerald Finley bass,
Stephen Cleobury conductor

Tickets: £30/£25/£20 with £4 off for CUMS members and a further £4 off for students. £5 student standbys on the door.

From: The Cambridge Corn Exchange (01223 357 851)

In celebration of Cambridge's 800th anniversary, the University Musical Society continues a long tradition of commissioning new music for great occasions which was originally initiated during Sir Charles Villiers Stanford's conductorship in the late nineteenth century. The Society has commissioned Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Master of the Queen's Music, to write a new piece for symphony orchestra and chorus which will be premiered at the CUMS May Week Concert in King's College Chapel on 13 June 2009. The text for this new work will be written by Poet Laureate Andrew Motion. The work will be performed alongside Beethoven's Symphony No.9.

CUMS has a distinguished history of working with composers. Many of the great composers of the late nineteenth century - including Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Bruch and Grieg - conducted its orchestra and chorus. The Society enjoyed a very close relationship with Benjamin Britten and his partner Peter Pears, performing most years at the Aldeburgh festival during the 1960s and early 1970s. Ralph Vaughan Williams was a member, and The Society has premiered works by Rutter, Holloway and Saxton in recent years as well as premiering at least one new undergraduate composition each year.

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