Cambridge Gig Guide: Classical Music in March


Joachim Trio

Thurs 1 March | 7.30pm | Kettle’s Yard | £6–£16

Purveyors of the Classical and Romantic eras, Joachim trio, will be gracing the newly-refurbished Kettle’s Yard. Comprising violin, viola and cello, the trio will perform with gut strings and historical bows to add expressivity and textural subtlety. They will perform: Purcell: Three FantasiasBeethoven: String Trio in C minor, Op.9 No.3Schubert: String Trio in B at major, D581 Sibelius: Suite in A major for string trio.

David Ferris Septet Ft Maria Väli

Thurs 1 March | 19.30pm |Unitarian Church | £11

Birmingham-based pianist and composer David Ferris has brought together some of the Midlands’ finest musicians for an evening at Unitarian Church. Joined by special guest singer Maria Väli, who appeared on the band’s debut recording, the new music will include settings of poems by WB Yeats, Seamus Heaney, WH Auden and Ted Hughes.

Apocalyptica Plays ‘Metallica By Four Cellos’

Fri 2 March | 7pm | Corn Exchange |£22.50–£29.50

Finnish rockers, Apocalyptica, are continuing to change the landscape of rock with their cello-driven rock opus. Returning with the remastered version of their 1996 release ‘Metallica By Four Cellos’, the quartet will be equipped with bonus tracks.

Listen! Presents Elliot Galvin Trio

Fri 2 March | 7.30pm | Unitarian Church | £11

Hailed as a young Django Bates, Elliot Galvin’s reputation precedes him. The supremely gifted composer and pianist earned his stripes through combining wild imagination with a careful curation of disparate influences. The trio will be performing material from their new album ‘The Influencing Machine’, an exhilarating commentary on the human mind, technology and the post-truth age.

Chris Cheek Quintet

Wed 7 March | 7:30pm | Gonville & Caius College | £5

This quintet reunites US tenor hero Chris Cheek with transatlantic collaborator and UK bass stalwart, Simon Woolf. The quintet is completed by celebrated pianist Jim Watson (Incognito, Meshell Ndegeocello), rising star saxophonist Alex Hitchcock, and firebrand drummer Marc Michel, b st known for his work with French trio EYM. 

Alessandro Taverna

Thurs 8 March | 7:30pm | Kettle’s Yard | £6–£16

Award-winning pianist Alessandro Taverna will re-affirming his place as a worldwide treasure at Kettle’s Yard in March. Having performed throughout the world for the most renowned seasons and concert halls, the Italian artist is in high demand. Take this opportunity to witness the formidable talent in action.

Linos Trio

Thurs 15 March | 7:30pm | Kettle’s Yard | £6

Since rising to prominence in the Tunnell Trust Showcase for Young Musicians ten years ago, the Linos Trio have been collected prestigious awards en masse. Their trophy cabinet boasts Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s annual Ivan Sutton award for chamber music, first prize and audience prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition, and Royal Philharmonic Society’s Albert and Eugenie Frost Prize for an outstanding young ensemble to name a few.

Choral Festival: Trinity College Choir

Fri 16 March| 7pm |St Mary’s Church, Fen Ditton | £10–£17

Stephen Layton will be directing Trinity College Choir at the annual Choral Festival. Performing a programme of music including works by Byrd, Tallis, Pärt, Howells and Tavener, this charity night will be a treat for those of the classical persuasion.

Morning, Noon, and Night

Sat 17 March | 7:30pm | Church of the Good Shepherd | £10

Hear music on the topic of the times of the day at Cambridge Concert Orchestra’s Spring Concert.  This charity gig for The Red Hen Project will feature music from: Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna, Night on the Bare Mountain, excerpts from Phantom of the Opera, excerpts from Oklahoma! and more.

Life and Music in Extreme Environments

Sun 18 March | 7:30pm | West Road Concert Hall | £6–£15

Cambridge Graduate Orchestra will be providing a musical soundtrack to Dr Andrew Murrays teachings around some of our planet’s most extreme environments. The first half will see the orchestra perform Grieg’s Hall of the Mountain King and Mussorgsky’s Night on a Bare Mountain, before Holst’s the Planet Suite and finally, a world premiere of Chiron: the Teacher of Heroes by Rhiannon Randle, Cambridge Graduate Orchestra’s composer in association 2017/18.

Beethoven Series

Sun 25 March |7:30pm | Trinity College Chapel | £15

UK-based American conductor and violinist Dorian Komanoff Bandy brings his drama and depth to performances of 17th and 18th-century music.  He’ll be joined by ‘the master of the modern piano’, Christina Kobb, for an evening of Beethoven.