Anglia Ruskin Orchestra and Chorus and the Chuckerbutty Ocarina Quartet perform during March

Published: 5 March 2009 at 16:36

Anglia Ruskin Orchestra and Chorus and The Chuckerbutty Ocarina Quartet are lined up to perform in Cambridge during March, as part of Anglia Ruskin University’s Spring arts, music and drama programme.

Anglia Ruskin Orchestra and Chorus, conducted by Paul Rhys and Alan Rochford, will perform at the Emmanuel United Reformed Church, Trumpington Street on 19 March. The programme will include Haydn’s Symphony No 8, the last of a trilogy ‘Le Martin – Le Midi – Le Soir’.  Its final movement portrays the fury of a summer thunder storm. This will be followed by JS Bach’s, Jesu Meine Freude, written in 1723; Jonathan Dove’s The Passing of the Year, a song cycle which sets the poems of William Blake and Emily Dickinson; and Michael Torke’s Change of Address which is an instrumental suite of six movements from King of Hearts, an opera written for television, commissioned by Channel 4 in 1993.

Tickets are £8 and £5 (concessions) from the Mumford Theatre Box Office on 0845 196 2320.

On 20 March, The Chuckerbutty Ocarina Quartet will perform a free concert as part of Anglia Ruskin University’s ever popular Lunchtime Concert Series.

Blissfully unaware of the limitations of an instrument with a range of just over an octave, the Chuckerbutty Ocarina Quartet take their small clay instruments through a dazzling array of improbable pieces, played with wit, musicality and occasional burst of breathtaking speed.

To add variety to the mix, the quartet also play guitar, charango, panpipes, plastic and human percussion, among other pieces. Perhaps wisely, the bass crumhorn, and the acoustic kettle are reserved for the grand finale. 

Their new CD I Love My Ocarina will be released in March to coincide with the Quartet’s first tour of Japan. Their Beethoven Symphony no 1 on four Ocarinas has been heard recently on BBC Radio 3, and the quartet is a favourite on play lists around the world.  

The quartet is affectionately named after the Anglo-Indian composer and organist, Oliphant Chuckerbutty (1884-1960).