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City Music Foundation Artists Connaught Brass and the Echéa Quartet will join a fabulous line-up of performers at this year’s Cambridge Summer Music festival. Running between 15th and 31st of July across the city, Cambridge Summer Music festival features two CMF artists alongside concerts from Guy Johnston & Tom Poster, Imogen Cooper, and a performance of Mozart’s Così Fan Tutte.

On Saturday 16 July at 7:30pm, the Echéa Quartet join Robert Murray tenor, Martin Roscoe pianist, Benjamin Baker violinist and Adam Wynter double-bassist in Robinson College Chapel
for an all English programme of Elgar, Gurney, and Vaughan Williams. Find out more about Echéa Quartet here.

Later on that week on Thursday 21 July at 13:00, Connaught Brass are giving one of their trademark eclectic programmes at Queens’ College Chapel, with music ranging from Pergolesi to Florence Price. To learn more about Connaught Brass, visit here.

For all details of these two concerts, and to view the programme for the full festival, take a look here.

Saturday 20 August 2022 19:00

2021 City Music Foundation artists Ensemble Hesperi are teaming up with soprano Rowan Pierce and fortepianist Nathaniel Mander for an immersive royal experience this summer, recreating one of Queen Charlotte’s famous musical evenings in the 1760s, with period-appropriate tea, cake, and card games! To find out more about Ensemble Hesperi, visit here.

Famed for their innovative programmes and recipients of a prestigious Continuo Foundation grant, Ensemble Hesperi will give a concert-like-no-other at 19:00 on Saturday 20th August in a remarkable Georgian house at Six, Fitzroy Square. Settle in for an informal evening of the sort Queen Charlotte loved to organise for her family and friends. A narrator will dramatise snippets from Charlotte’s own diaries, and the memoirs of her lady-in-waiting, Charlotte Papendiek.

With a programme including music from J.S. Bach, G.F. Handel and Thomas Arne, tickets are £15 and available here.

City Music Foundation is delighted to announce that the online auction for our Fundraising Gala is now live! With an exceptional selection of ten exclusive lots to choose from, all proceeds from the auction go towards supporting City Music Foundation’s fabulous artists.

Generously donated by friends of City Music Foundation, the auction prizes include a once in a lifetime overnight stay with dinner and breakfast at the Mansion House (image above), a luxurious Grand Tier Box at the 2022 BBC Proms in the Royal Albert Hall, as well as an etching by Norman Ackroyd CBE RA. The auction is part of our Fundraising Gala in memory of Sir Roger Gifford, held at Wigmore Hall at 19:00 on the 5th of July 2022.

Also featured in the auction is a dinner for four in London with the Wigmore Hall’s
John Gilhooly CBE, a personal tour of BBC Broadcasting House and dinner in London with Radio 3’s Donald Macleod, and a walk with Milo the dog and Iain Burnside. You can access the auction online until 9am on the 7th of July 2022.

You could be in the chance of winning a photoshoot with photographer-extraordinaire Ben Ealovega, a 3 litre jeroboam of Château La Croix de Grézard Lussac-Saint-Émilion 2010 from the wine cellar of Sir Roger Gifford, or a week’s stay for two at the magical Slackwood Barn on the Lancashire/Cumbria Border.

Rounding off the auction lots is dinner for eight in the iconic St Pancras Clocktower. Click here for the auction (, or to find out more about City Music Foundation’s Gala, click here (

2018 CMF artist Helen Charlston’s brand new CD with Toby Carr, ‘Battle Cry: She Speaks’, features music of the seventeenth century alongside a City Music Foundation commission from composer Owain Park. Released on Delphian Records, this world premiere recording of Owain Park’s song-cycle has been described in the Guardian as an “outstanding disc”, praising “Charlston’s distinctive, expressive lower register, and […] clarity of every word”.

Acclaimed for her musical interpretation, presence and “warmly distinctive tone” (The Telegraph), Helen Charlston has quickly cemented herself as a key performer in the next generation of British singers. Helen won first prize in the 2018 Handel Singing Competition and was a finalist in the Hurn Court Opera Competition, and the Grange Festival International Singing Competition. She was a ‘Rising Star’ of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 2017-2019. Find out more about Helen here:

To buy or stream ‘Battle Cry’, visit here.

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