Festival gets top classical artists

Violinist Joshua Bell, part of the programme for the Cambridge Music Festival 2015. ANL-150630-160156001
Violinist Joshua Bell, part of the programme for the Cambridge Music Festival 2015. ANL-150630-160156001
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Two of the world’s most famous classical musicians are set to open a leading Cambridge festival later this year.

Joshua Bell and Sir András Schiff will open the Cambridge Music Festival, which runs from November 9 to 19.

Tickets for the headline acts went on sale on July 1, with the remaining programme of events to be released and the full box office opened on Tuesday, September 1.

Justin Lee, director of the Cambridge Music Festival, expressed delight that the festival was opening with ‘two of the world’s leading, but very different, soloists’.

Organisers have also announced a new partnership this year with Classic FM, the country’s most popular classical music station, which will be providing national coverage of the festival.

Sam Jackson, Classic FM’s managing editor, said: “We fully support the festival’s extensive programme of events with world-class artists.”

On November 9 the festival opens with a romantic programme by Sir András Schiff and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment including Schumann’s Piano Concerto and Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture.

Violin virtuoso Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields will perform Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Mozart on November 12.

To book tickets, call Cambridge Live on 01223 357851 or see www.cambridgemusicfestival.co.uk.