Two celebrated Kingsmen mark the Chapel 500th

Two King's alumni are starring in concerts that celebrate the 500th anniversary of the completion of the stonework of the Chapel.

Mendelssohn Celebration

Thursday 9 July

Edward Gardner
Edward Gardner

King’s alumnus and award-winning conductor Edward Gardner returns to conduct an all Mendelssohn programme with virtuoso violinist Alina Abragimova and the Academy of Ancient Music.

Mendelssohn found himself 'extraordinarily affected' by a walking tour of Scotland in 1829. The country’s savage beauty haunted him for years, and inspired two of his best-loved works: the Hebrides Overture and Symphony No.3 in A minor.

Alina will perform the famous E minor violin concerto. Tickets are £60, £50, £35, £25 (£5 unsighted).

Bach Celebration

Friday 10 July

John Butt
John Butt

Bach scholar and King’s alumnus John Butt, Director of the Dunedin Consort and Professor of Music at Glasgow University, brings a programme of Bach. The programme contains some of Bach’s most cherished instrumental compositions alongside three cantatas composed in 1715, 200 years after the completion of the Chapel, to celebrate our anniversary year.

Although Bach was only 30 in 1715, the cantatas he was writing in this year were of remarkable imagination and insight, fulfilling every nuance of their respective texts but also developing musical thoughts in compelling ways.

Also from around this time comes Bach’s wonderful violin concerto in E, which in this performance profiles Dunedin’s remarkable concertmaster, the Dutch-Italian violinist Cecilia Bernardini. Here is a work that becomes memorable from its very first bar, taking us through a world of protracted instrumental dialogue, intense lyricism and kaleidoscopic violin figurations.

Bach’s first orchestral suite takes us into a world of real baroque dance, reminding us that Bach’s music is as much about movement and physical joy as it is about intense spiritual and mental contemplation. Tickets are £40, £30, £22, £15 (£5 students, unsighted).

Booking: Tickets for both concerts are available from The Visitor Centre, King's Parade, Cambridge (01223 769340) or the online shop.

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6 July 2015