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Shackleton's Cat Opera

Shackleton's Cat - Children's Opera

Shackleton's Cat returns in 2018, as part of English Touring Opera's award-winning strand of operas for young people. The opera tells the story of the voyage and destruction of the Endurance 100 years ago, and the subsequent tale of survival against all odds. The opera lasts just over an hour and is created for children aged 7-11 and their families.

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Bach's The Art of Fugue

Fri 27 April

West Road Concert Hall

Bach's rarely performed masterpiece, The Art of Fugue, touches both heart and mind.

Bach did not specify on which instruments it should be played and it has in fact been played by innumerable different combinations of instruments. This performance includes a flute part, played by the renowned English flautist William Bennet.

William Bennett (flute) is one of the foremost musical artists performing today. He has been principal flute in the London Symphony Orchestra, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and the English Chamber Orchestra. Among his numerous solo recordings, are CD’s with Yehudi Menuhin, and I Musici. In addition to recording the standard repertoire not only has he made pioneering recordings of many neglected 19th century works but has also recorded with Jimi Hendrix and Wynton Marsalis.

"That Prince among flautists" [Daily Mail]

London Octave was founded in 1998 by cellist Dietrich Bethge and performs music mainly from the classical and baroque era. The number of players varies according to repertoire, which often includes music for chamber orchestra by Mozart, Bach, Vivaldi, etc. The aim is to perform music which benefits from being played by a small and intimate group of friends who perform not only for the audience’s but also for their own enjoyment. They perform regularly at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London. Engagements for the ensemble have included concerts in Istanbul and various CD recordings including a CD of The Art of Fugue. The players in tonight’s concert originally met while working in the English Chamber Orchestra.

"Quite excellent... outstandingly musical and lively" [Manchester Evening News]
"Superb delivery of Bach and Handel" [The Independent]

William Bennett flute
Clare Hofman viola
Dietrich Bethge cello
Sara Pacey cello

Cost: £22, £16, £8 Students (other concessions available)

Ages: All ages

Enquiries and booking

Booking is recommended for this event.

Enquiries: Cambridge Live Website Email: tickets@cambridgelivetrust.co.uk Telephone: 01223 357851


All times

Fri 27 April 7:30PM - 9:00PM


Address: West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road
Email: westroad@mus.cam.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 335184