Pianist and Sidney Research Fellow Ceri Owen has founded a brand new music festival, the Cambridge Song Festival, which launches in its inaugural year over the long weekend of February 15-17 2019.

Two of the 2019 events will be held at Sidney Sussex: on Saturday 16 February at 2pm, acclaimed pianist Andrew West holds a masterclass with student musicians drawn from across the University. Andrew will later perform in Saturday's evening concert, at St John's College Old Divinity School, alongside renowned tenor Robert Murray. They are joined in their performance of Schubert's Winterreise by the actor and broadcaster Seán Street, who reads extracts from Captain Scott's diaries. 

The second Sidney event is a recital on Sunday 17 February by two Jette Parker Young Artists at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden: soprano Jacquelyn Stucker and baritone Dominic Sedgwick. Together with pianist Ceri Owen they perform the second book of Hugo Wolf's Italian Songbook, along with songs by Butterworth, Berg, Barber, and Debussy. The recital begins at 8.30pm.

The opening night of the Festival -- Friday 15 February at Jesus College Chapel -- features award-winning singers Jess Dandy (contralto), Jennifer Witton (soprano), and James Way (tenor), who present a programme centred around songs by Cambridge composers including Ralph Vaughan Williams, Richard Causton, Robin Holloway, Graham Ross, and Cheryl Frances-Hoad. 

To find out more about all Festival events and to buy tickets, please see the Cambridge Song Festival website.



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