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November 2019

String quartets: A, opus 18, no 5; G, opus 18, no 2; A minor, opus 132

20th November 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Endellion String Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the University of Cambridge

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tickets: £6 – £28 from Cambridge Live Tickets, Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB.

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January 2020

String quartets: B flat, opus 18, no 6; F, opus 135; E flat, opus 74 (“Harp”)

January 29 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Endellion String Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the University of Cambridge

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tickets: £6 – £28 from Cambridge Live Tickets, Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB.

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February 2020

Piano trio and overture

February 4 @ 1:10 pm - 1:55 pm

Collegium Musicum. Director: Luke Fitzgerald

St John’s Old Divinity School, All Saints Passage

Free admission

Part of the CUMS Lunchtime Concert Series

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Elegiac Song opus 118; Overtures ‘Egmont’ opus 84 and ‘Coriolan’ opus 62; Haydn: Insanae et vanae curae; Reger: Variations on a theme of Beethoven opus 86

February 9 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

King’s Voices and King’s College Symphony. Director: Ben Parry

King’s College Dining Hall, King’s Parade, CB2 1ST

Ticket information to be announced

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Masterclass: Beethoven’s chamber music, followed by recital: piano sonatas opus 109, 110 and 111

February 18 @ 4:30 pm - 7:15 pm

Note: masterclass is 4.30pm – 5.30pm; recital is 6pm – 7.15pm

Ronan O’Hara (piano). Head of Keyboard Studies and Head of Advanced Performance Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London

Yusuf Hamied Theatre, Christ’s College CB2 3BU

Tickets: £5 and £8, call 01223 334 900

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Beethoven String Quartet in B flat, opus 130 (arr Azkoul), Schubert: Quartettsatz D703 (arr Azkoul)

February 20 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Note: this programme is repeated on the same date, at 9pm

United Strings of Europe. Julian Azkoul (Director)

The Provost’s Lodge, King’s College, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Tickets: £40 (to include pre-concert drink in the Provost’s Study) from http://www.kings.cam.ac.uk/concerts, or 01223 769 342

A small exhibition of Beethoven first editions will also be available for viewing in the Lodge before the concert

“An ebullient ensemble . . . led by the fine violinist Julian Azkoul, the nine young players were drawn from eight countries, and their repertoire is similarly wide-ranging.” (Richard Morrison, The Times, 3 February).

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Julian Azkoul has given us some insights into the way he approaches the transcription process:

“The power and drama of Schubert’s Quartettsatz and his String Quintet in the same key struck me in my early years as a violinist and music student. I became convinced that the inherent contrasts in the work with its almost whiplash shifts of emotion and character could be heightened to great effect by a larger ensemble and the addition of the double bass. This was the first quartet transcription I wrote for the United Stringsof Europe and it will be the opening track of our debut album Something to Tell You which we are recording next month with a release set for later this year.

I have been no less transfixed by Beethoven’s Late String Quartets, taking a course on them while an undergraduate at King’s College. The contrasting elements in the String Quartet in B flat Op 130 are arguably more extreme than those in Schubert’s Quartettsatz: contrasts of key, tempo, thematic material and texture ensure the work remains one of Beethoven’s most compelling. My approach was similar to the one employed in my transcription of Quartettsatz: emphasising textural changes in the original composition by alternating between the original quartet texture and that of the larger ensemble. Although it is perhaps more common these days to hear the quartet performed with the original Grosse fuge as an ending, the enigmatic movement can by its very nature and scale detract from what precedes it (both for the performer and the listener). As such, for the premiere of my transcription of the quartet, we have opted for Beethoven’s alternative finale. Nevertheless, do not be surprised if you see us programme the Grosse fuge as a stand-alone work sometime soon.”

String quartets: F minor, opus 95 (“Serioso”); C minor, opus 18, no 4; F, opus 59 no 1 (“Razumovsky”)

February 26 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Endellion String Quartet, Quartet in Residence at the University of Cambridge

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tickets: £6 – £28 from Cambridge Live Tickets, Wheeler St, Cambridge CB2 3QB.

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Violin concerto in D, opus 61, arrangement with string quartet

February 28 @ 1:10 pm - 2:00 pm

Leora Cohen, violin. String quartet: Yao Chih Kuo, Charlotte Howdle, Louisa Clogston, Lily Rafalin (Instrumental Award Scheme holders)

Great St Mary’s (The University Church), Senate House Hill, Cambridge CB2 3PQ

Retiring collection at end of concert

 

Beethoven piano concertos 1 to 3

February 29 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Robinson College Community Orchestra. Piano: Aristo Sham. Director (concerto number 3): James Hendy

Robinson College Chapel, Robinson College, CB3 9AN

Tickets:£15, £10 (concessions), £5 (students), free for Robinson members

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March 2020

Beethoven piano concertos 4 and 5

March 1 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Robinson College Community Orchestra. Piano: Aristo Sham. Director (concerto number 5): Francis Bushell

Robinson College Chapel, Robinson College, CB3 9AN

Tickets:£15, £10 (concessions), £5 (students), free for Robinson members

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Violin concerto in D opus 61; symphony no 4, opus 60

March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

2020 Chamber Orchestra (a new orchestra composed entirely of Cambridge freshers). Conductor: Oliver Cope. Violin: Leora Cohen

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tickets: £15, £12 and £5 (under-16s free) from www.adcticketing.com

This is a charity concert with all the profits being donated to the Samaritans and Camp Kef

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Beethoven Plus, part one. Violin sonatas no 1 in D, opus 12/1; no 2 in A, opus 12/2; no 9 in A opus 47 “Kreutzer”

March 8 @ 8:15 pm - 10:00 pm

Performance of all Beethoven’s violin sonatas by Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano).

Four recitals in March (8th and 9th) and May (13th and 14th), featuring all ten violin sonatas alongside ten miniature companion pieces composed in 2015 by Jonathan Dove, Peter Ash, Elspeth Brooke, Judith Bingham, Huw Watkins, Kurt Schwertsik, Philip Ashworth, Jeremy Thurlow, Matthew Taylor and David Matthews

THE KREUTZER: Jonathan Dove – Ludwig Games. Beethoven – Sonata no 1  in D, op 12/1. Peter Ash – A Major Chase. Beethoven – Sonata no 2 in A, op 12/2. Beethoven – Sonata no 9 in A, op 47 “Kreutzer”. Matthew Taylor – Tarantella Furiosa

“Osostowicz and her partner, Daniel Tong offered fiery, precise playing.” The Strad

“Fine performances by Krysia Osostowicz and the pianist Daniel Tong.” Sunday Times

“The pairing of Osostowicz and Tong: silvery nuances and understated agility all contained within a warm, melded sound. Deeply thoughtful music-making.” York Press

King’s College Dining Hall, CB2 1ST. Tickets: £20, £15 and £5 (students) available now from ADC Ticketing. Concerts can be booked separately but there will be discounts if both or all four concerts are booked together

Part of the Beethoven Plus project

Click HERE for a fascinating interview with Krysia about the Beethoven Plus project in Cambridge Edition magazine

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Photo courtesy Sara Lipowitz

Beethoven Plus, part two. Violin sonatas no in A minor, opus 23; no 5 in F, opus 24 “Spring”

March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Performance of all Beethoven’s violin sonatas by Krysia Osostowicz (violin) and Daniel Tong (piano) alongside companion pieces composed in 2015

Four recitals in March (8th and 9th) and May (13th and 14th), featuring all ten violin sonatas alongside ten miniature companion pieces composed in 2015 by Jonathan Dove, Peter Ash, Elspeth Brooke, Judith Bingham, Huw Watkins, Kurt Schwertsik, Philip Ashworth, Jeremy Thurlow, Matthew Taylor and David Matthews.

THE SPRING: Beethoven – Sonata no 4 in A minor, op 23. Judith Bingham – The Neglected Child. Huw Watkins – Spring. Beethoven – Sonata no 5 in F, op 24 “Spring”.

St John’s Old Divinity School Theatre, All Saints Passage. Tickets: £15, £10 and £5 (students) available now from ADC Ticketing. Concerts can be booked separately but there will be discounts if both are booked together.

Part of the Beethoven Plus project

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Photo courtesy Sara Lipowitz

String septet in E flat, opus 20

March 10 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Athena Ensemble, Director Leo Appel

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Free admission

Part of the CUMS Lunchtime Concert Series

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Coriolan overture, opus 62; Piano concerto no 3 in C, opus 37; Symphony no 2 in D major, opus 36

March 12 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm

St John’s College Music Society. Conductor: Matthew Gibson. Piano: Aida Lahlou

St John’s College Chapel, Cambridge CB2 1TP

Tickets: £5 and £10, free for members of the college, available on the door

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Mass in C, opus 86

March 14 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

We have heard that this concert has been cancelled. Many people who were due to come to King’s to take part in the preceding chapel service and to sing in the chorus have decided not to travel so the organisers have reluctantly decided to cancel. If you need a refund please contact King’s, not this website. 

Foundation concert at King’s College

Cambridge University Orchestra. Past and present members of the choir of King’s College.

Soloists: Anna Cavaliero (soprano), Feargal Mostyn-Williams (alto), Ruairi Bowen (tenor), Hugo Herman-Wilson (bass). Conductor: Daniel Hyde

King’s College Chapel, King’s Parade, Cambridge CB2 1ST

Tickets £36, £28, £23, £16 (concessions available) and £5 (students) from King’s College Visitor Centre, King’s Parade

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Photo copyright Martin Bond Photography

Leonora Overture number 3, opus 72b; Choral Fantasia, opus 80; Elegaische Gesang, opus 118; Mozart Piano Concerto K488; Mozart Coronation Mass K317

March 14 @ 7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus. Conductor: Timothy Redmond

Martin James Bartlett (piano), Anne Mengel (soprano), Julia Martinez (mezzo-soprano), Ryan Williams (tenor), Michael Ronan (bass)

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Visit the Cambridge Phil website for tickets

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Missa Solemnis in D, opus 123

March 28 @ 7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Sadly ….. the organisers have decided to cancel this concert, with the possibility of staging it later in the year. Please contact the organisers directly if you need a refund or want further information.

Collegium Laureatum. Director: Ian Cobb

Josephine Goddard (soprano), Annabel Kennedy (alto), Michael Bell (tenor), Theodore Platt (bass)

West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP

Tickets £16, available in February from members of the choir, Corn Exchange Box Office (01223 35 78 51), https://www.wegottickets.com or tickets@collegium.org.uk.

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