In 1995, organist and music teacher Juliet Abrahamson took over the festival. In 1999, it was re-christened the Cambridge Summer Music Festival. Greater emphasis was placed on commissioning new work and presenting children’s concerts and workshops. Also new were concerts in outlying villages, known as ‘Music in Quiet Places’, and a series of lunchtime concerts in the Fitzwilliam Museum. The hugely popular open-air concerts in the Cambridge University Botanic Garden, ‘Sounds Green’, began in 2010 and have continued ever since.
The image shows Juliet Abrahamson alongside a typical audience scene from a ‘Sounds Green’ concert at the Cambridge University Botanic Garden.
The most recent era has seen the festival flourish under the artistic direction of John McMunn, David Hill and Freya Goldmark, with each making their own unique mark on the festival programme. In response to the COVID pandemic, Cambridge Summer Music created a virtual festival of performances by artists who were originally scheduled to appear live. In 2021, the Cambridge Summer Music Festival and the now-traditional Christmas concert will once again feature live performance as pandemic restricitons are lifted.
The image shows Aurora Orchestra and their Principal Conductor Nicholas Collon, who have been frequent guests at CSM since the group was formed in 2004.