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Saturday 21st May 2016 − 7.30pm West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge
LEOŠ JANÁČEK: Žárlivost (Jealousy)
BELÁ BARTÓK: Bluebeard’s Castle
Soloists: Christopher Cull (Spring, Baritone), Jade Moffat (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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Tickets are also available from Cambridge Live Tickets
Related link: Poster (PDF 85 kB)
Saturday 9th July 2016 − 7.30pm Ely Cathedral
WILLIAM WALTON: Coronation Te Deum
RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending − Soloist: Steve Bingham (violin)
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
Related link: Poster (PDF 626 kB)
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
(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
(NB: Online payments attract a £1.50 booking fee per transaction, shown at the end.)
Tickets are also available from members of the Society.