Image of the Endellion String Quartet by Eric Richmond
Edition rounds up the new season at West Road Concert Hall
January 2016 sees a host of world class performers ushering in the new year with a range of outstanding music at West Road Concert Hall.
On 19 January, celebrated and pioneering ensemble the Britten Sinfonia follows with a lunchtime sojourn from baroque to contemporary music, the programme includes two arias from Bach and the world premiere of This Lunar Beauty by Grammy-nominated composer Anna Clyne.
Timothy Redmond commences his tenth season as principal conductor and artistic director for the Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra on 23 January, which will be performing two family concerts at 2pm and 4pm as part of the UK’s Roald Dahl 100 celebrations. On 24 January the Sampson Orchestra presents Romance and Revolution at 7.30pm. The concert will feature Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, Sibelius’ Violin Concerto and Shostakovich’s Symphony No.5.
The month is set to end on a high note with the Endellion String Quartet, now in its 36th year, described by the new Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians (2000) as ‘arguably the finest quartet in Britain’. On 27 January at 7.30pm, Watkinson, de Souza, Jackson and Waterman will be performing music by Haydn, Beethoven and Dvořák. There will also be a guest appearance by the pianist Gülsin Onay.
Since 1464 and the presentation of one of the world’s first firmly authenticated Bachelor of music degrees to Henry Abyngdon, Cambridge has had a prestigious and lively relationship with music. In 2016 at West Road this history is set both to continue and thrive.