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2018 Festivals

Cambridge Summer Music Festival 2018

For 40 years Cambridge Summer Music Ltd (CSM) has promoted live performances of classical music of the highest calibre in Cambridge and the surrounding villages.

The annual Cambridge Summer Music Festival presents outstanding soloists, chamber ensembles and orchestras as well as supporting talented young artists at the beginning of their careers. It provides a platform for both living composers and more familiar repertoire, all performed in beautiful historic settings in and around our great city. The 2018 Festival is directed by leading choral conductor David Hill and will take place from 5-21 July.

Founded in 1979 as an organ recital series, CSM’s activity has grown to encompass vocal and instrumental music of diverse genres, ranging from the most intimate solo and chamber repertoire to works for massed choir and orchestra.

In 2018 CSM is promoting nearly 40 concerts as part of the annual Cambridge Summer Music Festival in July as well as additional events throughout the year. Through its activities CSM reaches more than 15,000 local, national and international concertgoers, enriching lives with music-making of distinction and maintaining the region’s vibrant classical music tradition.

Leamington Music Festival

The origins of the Leamington Music Festival Weekend, which runs 4 – 8 May 2018, go back to 1990, when Warwick Arts Society put on a Schubert Weekend which took place in both Warwick and Leamington. Since 1999, the Festival Weekend, which happens over the first of the May Bank Holiday weekends has been in the Assembly Hall at the Royal Pump Rooms in Leamington.

The Festival Weekend has always had a strong theme, being devoted to a composer or composers, periods of music like Classical and Romantic or national music like French and Austrian. Czech music has been the most featured subject, reflecting the connection with the Czech Free Army, stationed in Leamington 1940-42. The Army Choir, under Vilem Tausky, used to rehearse in the Assembly Hall of the Royal Pump Rooms.

The starting point for 2018 is the centenary of the founding of Czechoslovakia which happened two weeks before the Armistice of 11 November.  Concerts of Czech music, feature in particular Bedřich Smetana, the father of the national school and Erwin Schulhoff, who fought in the Great War only to be killed in the second World War in a concentration camp, but also Dvořák , Janáček, Suk and Martinů.  These are followed by concerts that include music by British composers affected by the Great War and having performed three songs by British composers killed in the War, Roderick Williams in the final concert on 8 May, completes his Schubert Project with Schwanengesang.

The 2018 IAO Music Festival 29 July – 2 August

The 2018 IAO Music Festival will be held in Peterborough.  A well-connected and attractive city, Peterborough’s iconic Norman cathedral, with its recently re-pitched Hill organ, is the venue for many of the events.

There is a day trip to Cambridge, where festival-goers will be able to enjoy hearing a number of instruments, including a concert at King’s College, Cambridge.  A particularly exciting development is the inclusion of an organ competition jointly promoted by the IAO and Royal College of Organists (see link at the foot of this page).

This will be a wonderful opportunity to hear gifted players in the early stages of their careers in two Cambridge semi-final rounds, and a final to be held in Peterborough Cathedral. There will also be an improvisation masterclass, given by Martin Baker.

The Festival programme will incorporate two important anniversaries: the Centenary of the First World War will be reflected in the song recital, and in the evening concert to be given by Schola Cantorum of Oxford, Oxford University’s première chamber choir.  The 350th anniversary of the birth of François Couperin will be celebrated in Edward Higginbottom’s Harpsichord Recital, and in the repertoire for the organ competition. 

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