Cambridge Music Festival
When Justin Lee took the helm as director of Cambridge Music Festival in 2012, his mission was to bring musicians of the highest calibre to the city and explore the refreshingly unusual. Not only has he excelled in this, but through innovative programming – embracing the eclectic and the extraordinary – he has shaken off the traditional image of ‘classical music’ and sparked the interest of a younger audience.
For Justin, who has worked with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of Ancient Music and the Southbank Sinfonia, live music has an unmatchable exhilarating quality. And thanks to CMF’s new model, audiences can savour more live music, with ‘seasons’ of concerts replacing the static two-week November festival.
Leaving the concert hall and bringing the festival to a wider audience, there’s an innovative VR Orchestra experience coming to the heart of Cambridge’s shopping district in Spring 2024. Participants will experience what it’s like to perform as part of a symphony orchestra, without leaving the high street.
Artists appearing in venues across Cambridge in 2023-24 include: the Takács Quartet, the Choir of King’s College with the Choir of New College Oxford and the Philharmonia, the BBC Singers with cellist Natalie Clein, pianist and Bach specialist Anglea Hewitt, Maya Youssef (the ‘Queen of the Qanun’), 12 Ensemble, Tenebrae, pianist Stephen Hough, the Bugallo-Williams piano duo and sitar-player Jasdeep Singh Degun.