Welcome to the 2016–17 season of the Cambridge Philharmonic, one of the UK’s leading music societies. With a full symphony orchestra and a large chorus, the Cambridge Philharmonic presents a series of concerts in West Road Concert Hall, King’s College Chapel, St John’s College Chapel and Ely Cathedral.
Our season starts in October with the unbeatable combination of Mozart and Haydn in the unforgettable setting of St John’s College Chapel. At our first West Road concert of the year, we are delighted to welcome back the violin virtuoso Matthew Trusler for a programme of powerful, romantic orchestral works by Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Mahler.
For this year’s opera, we turn to Verdi and his final Shakespearean masterwork, Falstaff. Glyndebourne and ENO director Daisy Evans creates a bespoke production for us with a fabulous international cast including Mark Stone (ROH), Bianca Andrew (2016 Ferrier prize winner) and Matthew Hargreaves (La Scala, Milan).
Last season the Cambridge Phil family concerts reached a whole new audience when the orchestra made their London debut at a packed Royal Festival Hall as part of the Roald Dahl 100 celebrations. Returning to West Road for our next concert, we ask the question that many people wonder, ‘so what does a conductor do, anyway?’
As the venue for the Cambridge Philharmonic’s debut performance 130 years ago, King’s College Chapel holds a special place for us. We look forward to performing Brahms’s German Requiem there in March, alongside Janáček’s thrilling Sinfonietta, for which we are joined by outstanding young brass players from the Guildhall School.
The Cambridge Philharmonic is proud to champion music by composers of today and in May we give the Cambridge premiers of two exceptional works: John Adams’s exquisitely beautiful musical response to 9/11, On The Transmigration of Souls and Thomas Adès’s dramatic America: A Prophecy. Adès, one of Cambridge’s most phenomenally successful musical alumni, is a composer with whom I have worked very closely for many years, and I am delighted we will be performing his music this year.
The season ends with epic music by Parry, Elgar and Strauss befitting the splendour of Ely Cathedral and its ringing acoustic. We look forward to seeing you at a concert – and thank you for supporting the Cambridge Philharmonic.