Christmas with The Bach Choir Voices & David Hill
Friday 15 December, 2023 at 7.30pm
Our Lady and the English Martyrs Catholic Church, Cambridge
Join The Bach Choir Voices conducted by David Hill, for a wonderful evening of carols and festive music in the beautiful setting of Our Lady & the English Martyrs Catholic Church, Cambridge.
The programme includes new settings of The First Nowell (Bob Chilcott), In the Bleak Midwinter (David Hill) and Coventry Carol (Brittney Boykin), as well as a selection of carols old and new by the master of Christmas music, John Rutter and many other favourites. Plus plenty of opportunities for audience participation!
Jesus Christ the Apple Tree
Words from Divine Hymns or Spiritual Songs, compiled by Joshua Smith, music by Elizabeth Poston
O Come all ye Faithful
Words and melody by J F Wade, arranged by David Willcocks
The Shepherd Girl
Words by Louise James, music by Ben Rowarth
Shepherd’s Pipe Carol
Words and music by John Rutter
The Little Road to Bethlehem
Es ist ein Ros entsprungen
Words 16th century German (vv 1,2) and Joel Thompson (v3), music by Joel Thompson
I saw three ships
Trad English carol, arranged by Stuart Nicholson
Unto us is born a Son
Words and melody from Piae Cantiones, arranged by David Willcocks
Words from Piae Cantiones, music trad German, arranged by Gustav Holst
The Three Kings
Words and music by Peter Cornelius, arranged by Ivor Atkins
Ding dong! Merrily on High
Words by G R Woodward, music 16th century French, harmonised by Charles Wood
Chorale: Vom Himmel Hoch, da komm’ ich her
Words and melody by Martin Luther, harmonisation by J S Bach
Organ solo: Toccata on ‘Vom Himmel Hoch, da komm’ ich her’
In the bleak midwinter
Words by Christina Rossetti, music by David Hill
From the Pageant of the Shearmen and Tailors, arranged by B E Boykin
A Ukrainian Alleluia
English words by John Rutter, music trad Ukrainian, arranged by Mykola Leontovych
A Hymn to the Virgin
The truth from above
Traditional English carol, arranged by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Still, still, still
German carol, arranged by Philip Ledger
Words and music by John Rutter
Hark! the herald-angels sing
Words by Charles Wesley, music by Felix Mendelssohn
Cambridge Summer Music Festival 5-29 July 2023
Our 2023 Festival presented world-class music to packed audiences in beautiful venues around the city. Thank you to all those who supported it.
Sounds Green in the Botanic Garden
5, 12, 19, 26 July, 6.15pm
The best in open-air music on Wednesday evenings in Cambridge Botanic Garden – with Prime Brass, Honey & the Bear, Arun Ghosh Quintet and Bones Apart
Donizetti’s Elixir of Love
Friday 14 July, 6.30pm
Our very own mini Glyndebourne in the beautiful setting of Childerley Hall. Donizetti’s opera masterpiece is full of tunes, romance, and mischievous comedy!
Ashley Wass: piano
Saturday 15 July, 1pm
Ashley Wass, Director of the Yehudi Menuhin School, opens our series of lunchtime concerts with a varied programme of Bach, César Franck and Alexey Shor’s arrangement of Mikhail Pletnev’s moving Piano Sonata.
Britten Oboe Quartet
Saturday 15 July, 7.30pm
Nicholas Daniel and colleagues from the award-winning Britten Sinfonia present a delightful programme of works by Elgar, Britten, Mozart and more.
Sunday 16 July, 3pm
We regret that Clara Sherratt can no longer present this concert. Her place will be taken by Patrick Hemmerlé.
Jazz on Sunday
Sunday 16 July, 7.00pm
Virtuosic fusion guitarist John Etheridge and jazz singer Vimela Rowe present our first Jazz on Sunday event in the iconic setting of the Footlight Cellars of the Cambridge Union.
The Gesualdo Six
Tuesday 18 July, 7.30pm
Award-winning ensemble The Gesualdo Six perform a selection of William Byrd’s Latin works: triumphant statements of belief, power and tenderness.
Northern Chords Ensemble
Thursday 20 July, 1pm
Piano trio Northern Chords presents a thrilling lunchtime concert of works by Schubert, Mendelssohn and contemportary composer Matthew Caner.
Britten Sinfonia & The Bach Choir in King’s Chapel
Thursday 20 July, 7.30pm
Duruflé’s powerful Requiem is the centrepiece of a poignant programme that also includes moving tributes to the Aberfan disaster and Covid.
Four Last Songs
Friday 21 July, 1.00pm
A lunchtime concert with Soprano Elinor Rolfe Johnson and pianist Ian Tindale performing Richard Strauss’s Four Last Songs plus works by Gustav and Alma Mahler.
Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha
Friday 21 July, 7.30pm
South African Soprano Masabane Cecilia Rangwanasha, who has taken the operatic world by storm, performs Schubert, Berlioz and Gershwin with pianist Simon Lepper.
Singing Masterclass with Ben Johnson
Saturday 22 July, 1.00pm
Festival Director and acclaimed tenor Ben Johnson gives a masterclass to some of the most promising singers of the next generation.
Martin James Bartlett
Saturday 22 July, 7.30pm
2014 BBC Young Musican of the Year Martin James Bartlett performs a thrillingly varied programme ranging from Rameau and Couperin to Rachmaninoff, Gershwin and Debussy.
Jazz on Sunday
Sunday 23 July, 4.30pm
Join us in the beautiful surroundings of Childerley Hall for an afternoon of classically-inspired jazz with the Art Deco Trio.
Young Composers Workshop
Thursday 27 July, 11am-2.30pm
A chance to hear the work of up and coming young composers – and to gain an insight into a range of composing techniques.
The Consone Quartet
Thursday 27 July, 7.30pm
The Consone perform quartets by Sibelius and Schumann. They are joined by viola player Francesca Gilbert to play Mozart’s last major chamber composition the String Quintet in E-flat major.
Handel’s Coronation Anthems
Friday 28 July, 7.30pm
Vocal and instrumental Baroque ensemble, La Nuova Musica, perform a Coronation-themed programme – a feast of pomp and lyricism to celebrate the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.
Alena Baeva: solo violin
Saturday 29 July, 1.00pm
Violinist Alena Baeva – one of the most exciting, versatile, and alluring soloists active on the world stage today – performs works by Bach, Ysaÿe and Telemann.
Festival Finale: Schubertiade
Celebrating the music of Franz Schubert
Saturday 29 July, 7.30pm
Festival Director Ben Johnson introduces this special evening concert, celebrating the music of Franz Schubert and the end of the 2023 Festival.