The University is proud to host four resident ensembles at West Road Concert Hall, Faculty of Music. Each ensemble gives a series of concerts here every year, as well as being involved in various music faculty projects, workshops and masterclasses.
Academy of Ancient Music
For more than 40 years the Academy of Ancient Music has enriched the lives of thousands the world over with historically-informed performances of baroque and classical music. Founded in 1973 by the late Christopher Hogwood, the orchestra has since performed live on six continents and recorded over 300 CDs. Under Music Director Richard Egarr the AAM continues this tradition today, and has been Orchestra-in-Residence at the University of Cambridge since 2004.
Britten Sinfonia, which features a collection of the country’s most talented and creative musicians, is widely recognised as one of the most innovative chamber ensembles in Europe. It regularly collaborates with internationally acclaimed artists, including Angela Hewitt, Evelyn Glennie, Ian Bostridge and Joanna MacGregor. Britten Sinfonia has been ensemble in residence at the Faculty of Music since 2002.
Endellion String Quartet
The mutual benefit of linking a quartet of international standing with a distinguished University so that each can benefit from the association has been well established in the USA and elsewhere for many years. In October 1992 the Endellion String Quartet took up the invitation of Professor Alexander Goehr at Cambridge University to be ‘in residence’ for the foreseeable future.
The Ligeti Quartet is the newest resident ensemble to join the Faculty of Music and is the first holder of the Cambridge Chamber Music Residency. The quartet works in particular with graduate composers but it also performs, coaches and creates events for performers. They will be working closely with Richard Causton, Reader in Composition; John Hopkins, composer and Director of Studies at Homerton College; and Maggie Faultless, Director of Performance at the Faculty of Music.