West Road Concert Hall
Sat 23 October
Cambridge University Orchestra

Jonathan Bloxham conducts Mozart, Stravinsky and Errollyn Wallen

Tickets for this event are no longer available online. Tickets may be able to purchase on the door.

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The Cambridge University Orchestra (CUO), the university’s flagship orchestra, returns to West Road Concert Hall for its first performance since February 2020. The orchestra is joined by British conductor, Jonathan Bloxham, who makes his second appearance with CUO, having last performed with the orchestra in October 2019.

Mighty River, written by Belize-born British composer Errollyn Wallen, explores the history of the British slave trade, with spirituals and gospel music forming the core of this composition. Errollyn has recently been appointed Wort Lecturer at the Faculty of Music, Cambridge, and we are delighted to be working with her on this piece.

Stravinsky’s Pulcinella was originally a one-act ballet based upon an 18th century Italian play. Stravinsky based the music upon what he believed were sketches from Giovanni Pergolesi, though this attribution has since proven to be spurious. In this performance, the orchestra will perform the suite from the original ballet score in its revised version from 1949.

The concert concluded with Mozart’s ‘Great’ G minor Symphony No.40. This symphony, one that epitomises Mozart’s later style, contains the full spectrum of drama and emotion that one might expect from an entire opera, condensed into a four movement masterpiece.

Errollyn Wallen Mighty River

Stravinsky Pulcinella

Brief Intermission - 10 minutes

Mozart Symphony No 40

Cambridge University Orchestra

Conducted by Jonathan Bloxham

Errollyn Wallen will be joining via Zoom for a pre concert interview with conductor Jonathan Bloxham, and Richard Causton from 6.45pm - 7.15pm in the Concert Hall.

The programme for this event is digital and can be found here.



90 minutes


West Road Concert Hall


£22, £16, £12; Concessions £20, £14, £10; Students and under-18s £5

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