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Concert Reviews

Our concerts are usually reviewed in the local press, and we also frequently receive comments from members of the audience.

Recent concerts where we have a review or response are shown here.


Saturday 11th March 2017 − 8pm King’s College Chapel, Cambridge
JANÁČEK: Sinfonietta
BRAHMS: A German Requiem
Soloists: Linda Richardson (Soprano), Nicholas Garrett (Baritone)
Related links: Poster (PDF 503 kB); Poster (JPEG 364 kB); Programme (PDF 796 kB); Cambridge News Review
 
Saturday 10th December 2016 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
VERDI: Falstaff
Soloists: Keel Watson (Falstaff), Mark Stone (Ford), Michelle Walton (Alice), Elgan Llyr Thomas (Fenton), Margo Arsane (Nannetta), Bianca Andrew (Meg Page), Joanna Gamble (Mistress Quickly), Philip Sheffield (Caius), Peter Van Hulle (Bardolfo), Matthew Hargreaves (Pistole),
Related links: Poster (PDF 315 kB); Poster (JPEG 376 kB); Programme (PDF 1 MB); Local Secrets Review
 
Saturday 22nd October 2016 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Symphonic Dances
MAHLER: Totenfeier
SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1 − Soloist: Matthew Trusler
RACHMANINOV: Symphonic Dances
Related links: Programme (PDF 788 kB); Review (Cambridge News)
 
Saturday 8th October 2016 − 8pm St John’s College Chapel
Choral Concert: Mozart and Haydn
BEETHOVEN: Sonata in C
HAYDN: Insanae et Vanae Curae
MOZART: Church Sonata in F
MOZART: Laudate Dominum
MOZART: Church Sonata in D
MOZART: Ave Verum Corpus
MOZART: Church Sonata in B♭
HAYDN: Mass in B♭ ‘Little Organ Mass’
Soloists: Eleanor Broomfield (Soprano), Harry Sever (Organ), Steve Bingham (Violin)
Related links: Poster (PDF 298 kB); Programme (PDF 714 kB); Review (Cambridge News)
 
Saturday 9th July 2016 − 7.30pm Ely Cathedral
WILLIAM WALTON: Coronation Te Deum
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending − Soloist: Steve Bingham (violin)
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: A Sea Symphony
Soloists: Eleanor Dennis (Soprano), Mark Stone (Baritone)
Related links: Poster (PDF 626 kB); Programme (PDF 1 MB); Cambridge 105FM Podcast with Tim and Jan Moore, Review (Cambridge News)
 
Saturday 21st May 2016 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
LEOŠ JANÁČEK: Žárlivost (Jealousy)
SERGEI RACHMANINOV: Spring
BELÁ BARTÓK: Bluebeard’s Castle
Soloists: Christopher Cull (Spring, Baritone), Jade Moffat (Judith, Mezzo soprano), Milan Siljanov (Bluebeard, Bass baritone)
Related links: Poster (PDF 85 kB); Programme (PDF 1 MB); Review (Cambridge News)
 
Saturday 5th March 2016 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
DAVID WILLCOCKS: Ceremony of Psalms: Psalm 98 (O Sing Unto the Lord a New Song), Psalm 130 (Out of the deep) and Psalm 65 (Thou, O God, Art Praised in Sion)
ARVO PÄRT: Te Deum
MAURICE DURUFLÉ: Requiem
Soloists: Bethan Langford (Mezzo soprano), Josep-Ramon Olivé (Baritone)
Related links: Programme (PDF 526 kB); Review (Cambridge News)
 
Saturday 20th February 2016 − 3pm Royal Festival Hall, London SE1
Little Red Riding Hood and The Three Little Pigs
(This concert is a repeat of our January family concert)
Related links: Programme (PDF 354 kB); TimeOut preview
 
Saturday 19th December 20156.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
JONATHAN DOVE: The Adventures of Pinocchio
Soloists: Victoria Simmonds (Pinocchio), Jonathan Summers (Geppetto), Rebecca Bottone (Cricket), Stephen Richardson (Fire-eater), Mary Plazas (Blue Fairy), Mark Wilde (Cat)
Related links: Press release; Poster (PDF 128 kB); Programme (PDF 1 MB); Review (Cambridge News)
 
Sunday 25th October 2015 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
SIBELIUS: En Saga
GRIEG: Piano Concerto − Soloist: Alexandra Dariescu
MAGNUS LINDBERG: Chorale
SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2
Related links: Poster (PDF 148 kB); Programme (PDF 427 kB); Review (Cambridge News)
 
Saturday 20th December 2014 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
BIZET: Carmen (Concert performance)
Soloists: Sarah Castle (Carmen), Nicholas Ransley (Don José), Simon Thorpe (Escamillo), Prudence Sanders (Michaëla), John Molloy (Zuniga), Kristy Swift (Frasquita), Christina Haldane (Mercédès), Leandros Taliotis (Dancaïro/Moralès), Ted Schmitz (Remendado)
Related links: Poster (PDF 108 kB); Programme (PDF 724 kB); Review; Local Secrets Review
 
Saturday 18th October 2014 − 6.00pm Palmerston Room, St John’s College, Cambridge
Choral Concert
VIVALDI: Magnificat
VIVALDI: The Four Seasons: Autumn
VIVALDI: Gloria
Soloists: Harriet Eyley (Soprano), Alys Roberts (Soprano), Anna Harvey (Mezzo-soprano)
Related links: Poster (PDF 159 kB); Programme (PDF 1 MB); Review
 
Saturday 5th July 2014 − 7.30pm Ely Cathedral
BERLIOZ: Grande Messe des Morts
Soloist: Bonaventura Bottone (Tenor)
With the Cambridge and Norwich Philharmonic Choruses
Related links: Press release; Poster (PDF 735 kB); Programme (PDF 1 MB); Local Secrets Review
 
Saturday 15th March 2014 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
MAHLER: Symphony No. 3
Soloist: Sarah Castle (Mezzo Soprano)
with St Catharine’s Girls Choir and King’s Junior Voices
Related links: Poster (PDF 194 kB); Programme (PDF 721 kB); Review; Local Secrets Review
 
Sunday 15th December 2013 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
BRITTEN: Peter Grimes
Soloists: Daniel Norman (Peter Grimes), Elisabeth Meister (Ellen Orford), Mark Holland (Captain Balstrode), Yvonne Howard (Auntie), Kristy Swift (First Niece), Christina Haldane (Second Niece), Jeffrey Stewart (Bob Boles), John Molloy (Swallow), Jean Rigby (Mrs Sedley), Ted Schmitz (Rev. Horace Adams), Oliver Dunn (Ned Keene), Simon Wilding (Hobson)
Related links: Press release; Poster (PDF 277 kB); Poster (JPEG 29 kB); Programme (PDF 1 MB); Local Secrets Review
 
Sunday 20th October 2013 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
BRITTEN: Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes
PROKOFIEV: Violin Concerto No. 2 − Soloist: Matthew Trusler
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5
Related links: Programme (PDF 1 MB); Local Secrets Review
 
Saturday 13th July 2013 − 7.30pm Ely Cathedral
DOVE: A Song of Joys
BRITTEN: Ballad of Heroes
TIPPETT: A Child of Our Time
Soloists: Kimberley Myers (Soprano), Yvonne Howard (Mezzo soprano), Christopher Lemmings (Tenor), Nicholas Garrett (Baritone)
Related links: Programme (PDF 704 kB); Review (Cambridge News)
 
Saturday 20th April 2013 − 8pm King’s College Chapel, Cambridge
Elgar: The Kingdom
ELGAR: The Kingdom
Conductor: Timothy Redmond
Soloists: Yvonne Howard (Soprano), Heather Shipp (Mezzo soprano), Nicky Spence (Tenor), Dean Robinson (Bass)
Related links: Programme (PDF 1 MB); Review (Cambridge News)
 
Saturday 30th June 2012 − 8pm[Picture: Bonaventura Bottone] King’s College Chapel, Cambridge
PARRY: I Was Glad
PARRY: Blest Pair of Sirens
PUCCINI: I Crisantemi
ELGAR: In the South
PUCCINI: Messa di Gloria − Soloists: Bonaventura Bottone (Tenor), Dean Robinson (Bass)
Related links: Programme (PDF 1 MB); Review (Local Secrets)
 
Saturday 21st January 2012 − 2pm and 4pm[Picture: Chris Jarvis] West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
Family Concert − “We’re Going on a Bear Hunt”
With special guest Chris Jarvis
OFFENBACH: Can Can
MANCINI: The Pink Panther
SAINT-SAËNS: The Carnival of the Animals: The Tortoise and The Elephant
PROKOFIEV: Music from Peter and the Wolf
IAN STEPHENS: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
SHERMAN & SHERMAN: Music from The Jungle Book
Related links: Programme (PDF 403 kB); Preview (Cambridge News)
 
Sunday 13th November 2011 − 7.30pm[Picture: Heather Shipp] West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
BORODIN: Polovtsian Dances
PROKOFIEV: Alexander Nevsky − Soloist: Heather Shipp (Mezzo soprano)
STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring
Related links: Press release; Programme (PDF 488 kB); Audience comments; Review