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Britten - Les Illuminations

Ravel - Pavane pour une Infante Défunte & Ma Mère l’Oye Suite

Lucy Armstrong - new commission

Boulanger - Vielle Prière Bouddhique

Poulenc - Gloria


Ellie Laugharne - soprano

Nicholas Mulroy - tenor

Tom Primrose - conductor

Cambridge Philharmonic Chorus & Orchestra

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"I alone have the key to this savage parade" – surrealist French poet Arthur Rimbaud’s poetry comes to luminous life in Britten’s iconic song cycle, Les Illuminations. Acclaimed tenor and Associate Director of the Dunedin Consort, Nicholas Mulroy, joins the orchestra for this intriguing and mystical work.

Mysticism pervades the rest of this programme, which brings together old and new. Boulanger’s Vielle Prière Bouddhique sets a 5th Century Buddhist prayer in an intoxicating musical language, whilst Ravel’s Pavane and Ma Mère l’Oye demonstrate the French composer’s mastery of orchestration. The concert culminates in Poulenc’s staggering Gloria, which is a technicolour showpiece for chorus and orchestra alike.

We are also delighted to commission a new choral-orchestral work for this concert by talented young composer Lucy Armstrong, with text by Rebecca Hurst.

more about Cambridge Philharmonic

Cambridge Philharmonic is one of the oldest and most distinguished music societies, being founded in 1887, drawing auditioned musicians and a large chorus from in and around the Cambridge area. Under the direction of Music Director, Harry Sever, Cambridge Philharmonic performs a wide range of repertoire as part of its annual concert series, including an opera, family concert, classical and contemporary works. Find out more at cambridgephilharmonic.com