West Road Concert Hall
Sat 26 October
Cambridge University Musical Society

Season Launch Concert Festival of Ideas: Beethoven's 'Eroica'

Cambridge University Orchestra

Tickets are no longer on sale online but can be bought on the door.

Judith Weir Heroic Strokes of the Bow
Rossini Bassoon Concerto
Beethoven Symphony No.3 ‘Eroica’

Cambridge University Orchestra
Jonathan Bloxham conductor
Francis Bushell bassoon

Jonathan Bloxham has been described, by Paavo Järvi no less, as a conductor of “accomplished technique, innate musicianship, natural rapport with orchestras and a deep knowledge and understanding of the symphonic repertoire” and he brings all this, and more, to bear on a truly epic programme.

Beethoven’s ‘Eroica’ marks a paradigm shift, ushering in the Romantic period with its unparalleled heights of emotion and compositional virtuosity.

In her Heroic Strokes of the Bow Master of the Queen’s Music Dame Judith Weir has penned, not only a response to Beethoven’s masterwork, but a musical rendering of Paul Klee’s picture of the same name. She explains: “My piece is not principally meant as a depiction of the picture, but rather as a literal response to the title, with its suggestions of excessive physical energy applied to a small piece of wood. Accordingly, energetic violins predominate.”

Allegedly one of Rossini’s final compositions, his (or perhaps not his) bassoon concerto, performed by CUMS concerto prize winner and BBC Young Musician of the Year woodwind finalist, Francis Bushell, completes the programme with exuberance.

Click here to book tickets for the free pre-concert talk, part of the Cambridge Festival of Ideas.



105 minutes


West Road Concert Hall


£20, £14, £10 Concessions: £18, £12, £8 Students and under-18s: £5

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.



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