Go global for classical series in Cambridge

Influential composer Philip Glass is among the artists performing in the city.

Influential composer Philip Glass is among the artists performing in the city. - Credit: Archant

Cambridge Music Festival will see world-class performers at venues across the city for a set of outstanding recitals.

Those lined-up for the event, which runs from November 12-22, include American composer Philip Glass with his new project, the Berlin Philharmonic String Quintet, and The Borodin Quartet.

Hear some of the best-loved pieces of classical music, or enjoy quirkier performances from acts such as world-famous percussionist and YouTube sensation Manu Delago, who plays the hang. He will perform his thrillingly rhythmical music alongside the Aurora Orchestra.

In addition, virtuoso violinist Victoria Mullova will treat the audience to a rendition of the Beethoven Violin Concerto with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

The festival also undertakes community projects, one of which will involve a MusicLab truck visiting different locations around the city. It aims to give children the chance to play an instrument, mix orchestral sounds, compose on an iPad and record themselves singing along to music.

The festival’s director, Justin Lee, said: “In five years’ time I want Cambridge to be truly on the map as one of the main UK destinations for major artists.”

The Hunts Post has three pairs of tickets to give away to two concerts. Win entrance to Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet by The Borodin Quartet with soloist Michael Collins on Thursday, November 13, at 7.30pm at West Road Concert Hall, or Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and the South Bank’s Philharmonia Orchestra on Sunday, November 16, at 7.30pm, at the same venue. To stand a chance of winning, just tell us Beethoven’s first name.

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Answers on a postcard or sealed envelope to The Hunts Post, 30 High Street, Huntingdon, PE29 3TB.

The closing date for entries is Wednesday, November 12. Archant competition rules apply.

INFORMATION: Visit www.cammusic.co.uk for full details of the events.