Classical Music for All the Family

Published: 17 November 2010 at 16:15

Anglia Chamber Orchestra and Chorus get set to perform Christmas concert

Anglia Chamber Orchestra and Chorus get set to perform Christmas concert

Thursday 9 December, 7.30pm

West Road Concert Hall, West Road, Cambridge

Anglia Ruskin University’s Anglia Chamber Orchestra and Chorus will be staging its annual Christmas concert at West Road Concert Hall on Thursday 9 December.

This year’s programme is extremely exciting and diverse and suited to a wide range of audiences from the seasoned concert-goer to those who are just developing a taste for classical music. 

As Marketing Manager Sarah Jones explains:

"The Anglia Orchestra and Chorus concert this year caters for a wide range of music tastes. The programme, which can be enjoyed by all the family, introduces a variety of different classical musical genres. The world of classical music can be slightly daunting so this is a great place to start for those who are new to it."

The concert opens with the unusual Mexican and Native American Indian Folk Music collected by the pioneering ethnomusicologist Natalie Curtis and is followed by Renaissance dances orchestrated in the Mediterranean colours of the Italian composer Ottorino Repighi.  The programme also features Saint-Saens’ Carnival of the Animals; a great introduction to classical music for children.

Paul Rhys, Senior Lecturer in Music and concert conductor expounds:

"Saint-Saens’ much-loved Carnival of the Animals is subtitled ‘A Grand Zoological Fantasy’ and includes Kangaroos, Tortoises and Characters with Long Ears amongst its fourteen short movements. Former student Katarina Majcen will join the orchestra to play the famous cello solo ‘The Swan’ alongside the virtuoso piano duo of Paul Jackson and Maurice Hodges."

After the interval the Anglia Ruskin Orchestra will be joined by Anglia Chorus in a performance of Haydn's Nelson Mass conducted by Senior Music Lecturer, Alan Rochford who says of the piece:

"The so called "Nelson" Mass is the most triumphant of Haydn's six late masses. With its rousing fanfares and joyful choruses it is a spectacular celebration of Lord Nelson's famous victories and a testament to Haydn's remarkable skill as a choral composer."

Anglia Ruskin Orchestra and Chorus are just two of the many music ensembles in which the students of the Department of Music and Performing Arts take part. Anglia Ruskin offers a wide range of music degrees. For more information about this and other Music and Performing Arts events please visit:


Natalie Curtis (arr. Grainger): Sangre de Cristo, Matachina

Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No.1

Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals

Haydn: Missa in Angustiis (“Nelson”)

Tickets:  £10 (£7 concessions; £5 students)

Available from the Mumford Theatre Box Office:

Call: 01223 352932

For more information please contact Sarah on: 0845 196 2981,

Images © Katja Medic