Welcome to the 2017–18 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, the Emmanuel United Reformed Church and Ely Cathedral.
Our season begins in October with Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle, a deliberately misnamed work if ever there was one, being neither petite nor particularly solemn either. November’s programme features Dvořák’s turbulent Seventh Symphony and Rachmaninov’s magnificently dark tone poem, The Isle of the Dead which together frame a performance of Britten’s stunning violin concerto. Our soloist, Matthew Trusler, always a hugely popular guest, is a noted exponent of the work and has performed and recorded it to great acclaim.
Our annual opera-in-concert this year takes us to the heart of romantic Russia, for Tchaikovsky’s masterpiece, Eugene Onegin. The stunning cast includes many Philharmonic friends – including Matthew Hargreaves (Pistol, Falstaff), Mark Wilde (Cat, Pinocchio) and Yvonne Howard (Auntie, Peter Grimes) – and several artists whom we welcome for the first time, including the award-winning Julien Van Mellaerts and Katherine Broderick.
The Cambridge Phil family concerts in January are a highpoint of our season and this year I’m delighted that we’ll be working once again with my brother, the presenter and broadcaster, Tom Redmond. Paris has always held great appeal to composers from all over the world and for our concert in March we bring together works by some of the 20th century’s masters who lived and worked there.
Timothy Ridout is one of the most exciting young musicians of his generation and I’m thrilled that he will be joining us in May to play Walton’s viola concerto. That concert also features Elgar’s ever-popular Enigma Variations and we take the opportunity to celebrate Leonard Bernstein’s centenary with a performance of the symphonic suite from On the Waterfront.
The season ends with Mahler’s stunning Eighth Symphony – a work ideally suited for the grandeur and rich acoustic of Ely Cathedral. We look forward to seeing you at a concert – and thank you for supporting the Cambridge Philharmonic.