Cambridge Classical Concert Series

Cambridge Live announces details of the 2016/17 Cambridge Classical Concert Series, a series of outstanding concerts by world class soloists, orchestras and conductors taking place at Cambridge Corn Exchange from October 2016 to June 2017.

The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, which this year celebrates its 70th anniversary, continues as Orchestra in Residence and will perform 3 of the 8 concerts, including an evening dedicated exclusively to the musical genius of John Williams on Saturday 21st Jan 2017.  One of the greatest film composers of all time, his scores have included Star Wars, Indiana Jones, E.T., Harry Potter, Jaws, Jurassic Park, War Horse and many more.

Tugan Sokhiev, Chief Conductor of Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, makes his Corn Exchange début conducting violin virtuoso Alexandra Soumm with the Philharmonia Orchestra and we are delighted to host the electrifying Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero and the acclaimed Zürich Chamber Orchestra on their first time visits too.

The award-winning trumpeter Alison Balsom is named as Artist in Residence and during the series she will explore the richness and variety of music written for the instrument through a mixture of concert performances and workshops. On Wednesday 1st February 2017 she will also perform a beautifully balanced programme of works old and new in recital with pianist Tom Poster and trombonist Peter Moore.

Building on their success in previous years, Cambridgeshire Music and RPO resound, the outreach wing of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, will deliver a dynamic range of music education projects to inspire local music students, working closely with Artist in Residence Alison Balsom.

The education programme, create, is at the heart of the Cambridge Classical Concert Series. Cambridge Live is passionate about offering young aspiring musicians the opportunity to perform alongside and learn from the world class musicians that it brings to Cambridge. It also aims to provide a platform for young people to engage with classical music for the first time.  To find out more about how you can help create the musicians of the future, please visit

Your support will ensure we can grow and develop this programme which in recent years has seen projects with artists such as Freddy Kempf, Julian Lloyd-Webber, Evelyn Glennie and Vladimir Ashkenazy working with young people in a collaborative way that both inspires and offers practical experience for their careers. Our aim is for these projects to culminate in performances at the Corn Exchange with young musicians playing alongside world class orchestras; showcasing their talent and development to our audiences.

Cambridge Live’s Managing Director, Steve Bagnall, said

“The classical series continues to go from strength to strength.  In this, our 30th Anniversary year, we are increasing the number of concerts from 7 to 8.  We are also delighted that Boldfield Computing, who generously supported the Philharmonia Orchestra’s concert last year, have agreed to become Series Sponsors for 2016/17.  Whether you are a seasoned concert goer or a first time booker, we look forward to welcoming you to a truly exceptional season ahead.”

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Classical Series 2016/17 is as follows: 

Fri 28 Oct 2016 – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Tue 15 Nov 2016 – Czech National Symphony Orchestra
Sat 3 Dec 2016 – Zurich Chamber Orchestra
Sat 21 Jan 2017 – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (The Music of John Williams)
Wed 1 Feb 2017 – Alison Balsom Recital
Sat 4 Mar 2017 – Philharmonia Orchestra
Thu 6 Apr 2017 – European Union Chamber Orchestra
Thu 11 May 2017 – Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra
Sat 17 June 2017 – Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

For more information or to book tickets, visit or call 01223 357851.