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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)

Award-winning Dutch puppeteering company Theater Gnaffel comes to London for the first time.

They present a double-bill adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’, set to music by Paul Patterson and starring life-sized puppets. Prepare to be amazed and entertained as they take us into the woods for a hilarious musical adventure.

Theater Gnaffel has been drawing children and adults alike into its idiosyncratic world of imagination and wonder for over 25 years, performing in theatres and schools across Europe. The company’s puppets are completely equal partners with the actors and together they create a magical and captivating theatrical experience.

Composer Paul Patterson’s settings for ‘Little Red Riding Hood’ and ‘The Three Little Pigs’ have delighted audiences around the world with their witty orchestration and faultless musical storytelling. This performance sees his work combined with that of Theater Gnaffel, each amplifying the enchanting effects of the other.


Tickets: £10 (adult), £5 (child) from Southbank Centre
 
Saturday 5th March 2016 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
ARVO PÄRT: Te Deum
DURUFLÉ: Requiem
Soloists: Bethan Langford (Mezzo soprano), Josep-Ramon Olivé (Baritone)

Arvo Pärt and Maurice Duruflé were both profoundly inspired by the evocative sound of Gregorian plainchant. In the case of Duruflé, his whole life was infused with the music of the church: first as a chorister and then as one of France’s foremost organists. The Requiem, his most celebrated work, was written as a memorial to his father and, like Fauré’s Requiem, on which it is based, offers tranquillity, comfort and peace to the listener.

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt began his career as a modernist, but a radical reappraisal of his style came about when he discovered the austere beauty of early church music. Now one of the most successful of all living composers, he has inspired countless others from Keith Jarrett to Björk. From his extraordinary and mystical sound world emerges music that is at the same time ancient and modern, sacred and secular.

“The human voice is the most perfect instrument of all.” Arvo Pärt

Tickets: £12, £16, £20, £25 (Students and under-18s £10 on the door) available online here:
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Saturday 21st May 2016 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
JANÁČEK: Žárlivost (Jealousy)
RACHMANINOV: Spring
BARTÓK: Bluebeard’s Castle
Soloists: Christopher Cull (Spring, Baritone), Katarzyna Balejko (Judith, Mezzo soprano), Milan Siljanov (Bluebeard, Bass baritone)

Based on the Perrault fairy tale Bluebeard, Bartók’s one-act opera is a sinister and gripping psychological thriller. Judith, newly married to Bluebeard, arrives at her husband’s castle for the first time. Finding seven locked doors she insists, against Bluebeard’s wishes, that they be opened to let light into the gloomy and forbidding interior. “Are you afraid?”, asks Bluebeard as one by one, six of his dark secrets are revealed. Judith insists that despite the rumours about him, her love for her husband outweighs the fear she feels. But then comes the seventh door…

Rachmaninov’s cantata Spring was written immediately after the Second Piano Concerto. Its lush romantic sound world underscores a tale of jealousy, a cuckolded husband’s wish for murderous revenge and the redemptive power of spring.

“A nation creates music – the composer only arranges it.” Belá Bartók


Tickets: £12, £16, £20, £25 (Students and under-18s £10 on the door) available online here:
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Saturday 9th July 2016 − 7.30pm Ely Cathedral
WALTON: Coronation Te Deum
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending − Soloist: Steve Bingham (violin)
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: A Sea Symphony
Soloists: Eleanor Dennis (Soprano), Mark Stone (Baritone)

The season ends with the great choral masterpiece, A Sea Symphony. Setting poetry by Walt Whitman, Vaughan Williams paints a symphonic picture on a vast Turneresque canvas. His orchestration, inspired by lessons with Ravel, bursts with colour and invention and his writing for voices is rooted in the English choral tradition from which he was so proud to spring.

Vaughan Williams’ violin concerto in miniature, The Lark Ascending – regularly voted to be the nation’s favourite piece of music by Classic FM listeners – evokes tranquility, natural beauty and nostalgia for a world that no longer exists. The soloist is Steve Bingham, distinguished leader of the Cambridge Philharmonic and Artistic Director of the Ely Sinfonia.

“Parry once said to me: ‘Write choral music as befits an Englishman and a democrat.’ We pupils of Parry have, if we have been wise, inherited from him the great English choral tradition... He has passed on the torch to us and is our duty to keep it alight.” Vaughan Williams

“Steve Bingham – this extraordinary performer.” The Independent


Tickets: reserved: £15 £20 £25, unreserved: £10 (students and under-18s £10 on the door) from Ely Cathedral Box Office
 
Saturday 22nd October 2016
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Saturday 12th November 2016
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Saturday 10th December 2016
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Saturday 21st January 2017
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Saturday 11th March 2017
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Saturday 20th May 2017
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Saturday 8th July 2017
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Box Office Details

Tickets are usually available 6 weeks before each concert.
Cambridge Live Tickets
2 Wheeler Street, Cambridge, CB2 3QB
Tel: 01223 357851 or Email
https://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk/tickets
(Please state clearly which venue you are booking tickets for. This box office charges a 12.5% booking fee.)
Ely Cathedral Box Office
The Chapter House, The College, Ely Cathedral, CB7 4DL
Tel: 01353 660349 or Email
https://tickets.elycathedral.org/
(NB: Online payments attract a £1.50 booking fee per transaction, shown at the end.)
Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Tel: 0844 875 0073 or Email
http://www.southbankcentre.co.uk/
Tickets are also available from members of the Society.