West Road Concert Hall
Fri 15 November
Clare College Music Society

Clare College Music Society Michaelmas Concert

Mozart, Strauss and Mendelssohn

Note: Tickets for this event are no longer available to buy online, but can still be bought on the door with cash.

Mozart The Marriage of Figaro Overture

Richard Strauss Oboe Concerto

Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 “Italian”

Helena Mackie Oboe

Caitlin Obee, Tess Jackson, Jess Hoskins Conductors

Clare College Music Society returns to West Road for their first concert of the new season, presenting a vibrant evening of Mozart, Strauss and Mendelssohn.

Opening the evening is the overture to Mozart’s famous The Marriage of Figaro, the bustling notes growing into an energetic frolicking theme that provides the perfect introduction to the hilarious opera.

Strauss’s oboe concerto, one of the most virtuosic and lyrical pieces written for the oboe, is among the last works written by the German composer. It was inspired by a conversation with John de Lancie, an American soldier who spent his civilian life as a professional oboist, and met Strauss while stationed in Germany in the Second World War. The concerto will be performed by 3rd year student Helena Mackie, principal oboe of the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain 2016-17.

Commonly known as the “Italian”, Mendelssohn’s 4th symphony evokes the beautiful Italian countryside, and creates a vivid image of his travels to Rome and Naples. A buoyant and optimistic mood permeates all four movements, making it one of Mendelssohn’s most popular compositions.



85 minutes


West Road Concert Hall


£15, £12 (concessions), £5 (students)

West Road Concert Hall is one of Cambridge's premier music venues. Ideally situated only minutes' walk from the famous Cambridge Backs and King's College, it is renowned for its superb acoustic qualities.

Please note there is restricted viewing from some of the balcony seating.


Three wheelchair spaces are available in the concert hall with easy access at ground floor level throughout the building.

The main entrance to the venue has a double width door, with a push button for automatic opening.



West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road
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