Cambridge Music Festival is the boutique classical event that attracts some of the very best musicians in the world to the city every November.

In fourteen performances over 10 days, top names in traditional classical repertoire and musicians leading the contemporary music field meet in an explosion of sound of the very highest quality. Some names you know, others you may not (…yet). All are wonderfully talented.

There’s music to cry to, music to dance to, music inspired by war and by love; sacred, profane, jazzed-up and pared-down; new works, old favourites; music for Popes and music for Pieces of Wood (yes, really).

With venues across the city, from the grandeur of the Senate House to the informal University Arms Hotel ballroom, you’ll be sure to find something to move you.

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We asked Colin Currie to explain what audiences can expect from Steve Reich: Drumming on 21 November


The New York Times has called him America’s greatest living composer, but Steve Reich is also a living embodiment of why classical composition remains impossible to define. Inspired by sources as diverse as Bach, Ella Fitzgerald, John Coltrane, Ghanaian and Indonesian music, and his own Jewish heritage; in turn his music has influenced scores of bands, songwriters and composers since, including David Bowie, Radiohead, The Orb and Brian Eno, who have either referenced, remixed or sampled his work.

Performed by the Colin Currie Group at this year’s Festival (21 November), works like Drumming and Music For Pieces Of Wood promise to fill the Corn Exchangewith hypnotic, interwoven sonic patterns and rhythmic layers. Reich himself has described Currie’s performances of his music as “the best I’ve ever heard”. Buy tickets

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