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Cambridge Classical Concert Series 2017-18 is launched

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Cambridge Classical Concert Series Picture: Minna Hatinen - Finnish National Opera and Ballet
Cambridge Classical Concert Series Picture: Minna Hatinen - Finnish National Opera and Ballet

Emerging talent and established artists will be among those taking to the stage as part of the new Cambridge Classical Concert Series.

Cambridge Live announced details of its 2017-18 programme on Tuesday. The highlights include the return of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, which last performed in 2010.

Steve Bagnall, managing director of Cambridge Live, said: “This season showcases some of the amazing young talent emerging on the international classical music stage alongside established artists performing at the very peak of their creative powers.

“In this, our biggest and boldest series to date, we will bring the very best classical music from around the world into the city’s landmark venue.”

Other events not to be missed include a concert by the Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by its principal conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, three concerts by the Corn Exchange’s resident orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic, and visits by a range of world-class European orchestras.

University of Cambridge undergraduate music student Jay Richardson has been named as composer in residence for the second consecutive year, and BBC New Generation Artist violinist Esther Yoo has been named as artist in residence.

Retailer Millers Music is supporting the series’ educational programme, Create, which offers young, aspiring musicians the opportunity to perform alongside, and learn from, the world-class musicians that the series features.

Millers Music managing director Simon Pollard added: “Millers Music is thrilled to be partnering with Cambridge Live on the Create programme. Together we will provide more young people with the opportunity to learn and play classical music and be inspired by world-renowned artists coming to Cambridge.”

The series is sponsored by Boldfield Computing, whose managing director, Andy Irvine, said: “Our sponsorship of the classical series not only ensures Cambridge Live can continue to bring the world’s best orchestras and artists to the city, it also supports the Create educational programme, giving young people the opportunity to become involved in classical music in new and exciting ways.” Tickets are now on sale for people booking six, seven or all eight concerts. Savings of up to £122 can be made by taking out a full series subscription, which also includes a free ticket to the Z.E.N. Trio performance with Esther Yoo on Monday, October 2. Tickets for individual concerts (and multi-buy savings for three, four or five concerts) go on sale on Tuesday, June 13. Box office: 01223 357851 or cornex.co.uk. The Z.E.N. Trio Featuring Corn Exchange artist in residence Esther Yoo with fellow BBC New Generation Artists Zhang Zuo (piano) and Narek Hakhnazaryan (cello). Monday October 2, 7.30pm Royal Philharmonic ‘Meet the Musicians’ 6.45pm–7.50pm, Cambridge Corn Exchange foyer. Wednesday October 11, 7.30pm Russian State Philharmonic Pre-concert talk starting at 6pm at Heffers Bookshop, free of charge to concert ticket holders. Wednesday March 7, 2018, 7.30pm Dresden Philharmonic Pre-concert talk starting at 6pm at Millers Music Shop, free of charge to concert ticket holders. Sunday May 20, 2018, 7.30pm Philharmonia Orchestra Classical Late: post-concert event at Cambridge Union. Free to concert ticket holders. Pre-booking strongly recommended. Sunday June 24, 2018, 7.30pm Box office: 01223 357851 or cornex.com.

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