Sounds and Spaces

Sounds and Spaces

Cambridgeshire will be alive to the sound of music from Saturday at the Cambridge Music Festival 2000.

Over 60 musical events will be held in a variety of venues from the traditional, like King's College Chapel, to the more unusual, like Parkside Swimming Pool. The Festival has also grown beyond the city boundaries with a number of events taking place in surrounding towns and villages.

The theme of this year's Festival is music and architecture. Music is being taken into extraordinary situations, where you might not expect to encounter it or where you might be encouraged to go along because the buildings, where the events are taking place, are so beautiful.

The aim of the Festival is to provide music for, and by, anyone who lives, works, studies or shops in Cambridge. The programme features internationally famous percussionist, Evelyn Glennie, as well as local choirs and orchestras. Students perform some of the concerts, including the free lunchtime proms at Fitzwilliam Museum. As part of the highly praised University Festival Chorus, there will be a 100th anniversary performance of Elgar's "Dream of Gerontius" in Ely Cathedral.

The Faculty of Music has organised a series of public letures and several College music societies are taking part in a special late night series of "Bach at Night" performed in their chapels.

On Sunday 19 November get on your bike and join in a performance of Kagel's work for 111 cyclists!

During the Festival musicians are taking their music into hospitals and homes for the elderly. Fifteen schools are working together with visiting musicians and Festival composer, Stephen Montague.

Themed music festivals started in Cambridge on a regular basis in 1985 with a celebration of European Music Year when 10 concerts were held. Its popularity has grown into the event we see today.

The Festival is funded by local businesses, local authority grants and charitable trusts. This year's Festival has been awarded a grant of £45,000 from the Millennium Commission Festival Fund.

The Cambridge Music Festival 2000 runs from 11 to 29 November 2000 in venues across Cambridge and the surrounding districts. For more details on the programme and for booking information telephone 01223 350544, email or look at the Cambridge Music Festival 2000 web site

To book tickets contact the Cambridge Corn Exchange on 357851.

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