What’s hot and happening in the local events calendar

BOLDFIELD ORCHESTRAL SERIES Celebrating 30 years of bringing sublime orchestral performances to the Corn Exchange, Cambridge’s classical concerts series has returned. The timing is perfect, since by all accounts classical music is enjoying a surge in popularity – especially among younger listeners. Last year, streaming giant Deezer reported a 270% rise in the number of subscribers to its most popular classical music playlist, with 43% of those new listeners falling into the ‘millennial’ age bracket. The series features a visit from saxophonist Jess Gillam, a young performer generating

programme of Bartók and Berlioz. Running through until May, the other concerts are the Royal Philharmonic playing Beethoven and Tchaikovsky on 19 February, then the Swedish Philharmonia follow on 10 March, performing Prokofiev and Sibelius. Liszt and Mahler will be performed by the Philharmonia Orchestra on 16 April, and they return on 7 May to play Barber, Copland and Bernstein. Finally, the St Petersburg Symphony perform Brahms, Korngold and Prokofiev on 24 May.

a buzz for putting her instrument back in the classical spotlight. She has presented a programme on Radio 3 and was the first saxophonist to reach the final of the BBC’s Young Musician contest. She brings an eclectic range of music featuring Marcello, Glazunov, Mozart and Haydn to the Corn Exchange on 31 January. On 7 February, the series celebrates its anniversary with a gala concert featuring Scottish violinist Nicola Benedetti alongside the acclaimed City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra performing a spectacular

MIDSUMMER HOUSE X NYETIMBER 1086 DINNER Need something to look forward to after the Christmas comedown? There’s an evening of indulgence planned at Midsummer House, our city’s double Michelin- starred restaurant. Taking place on 30 January, the event is being hosted in celebration of the release of Nyetimber Wines’ 2010 vintage of its Prestige Cuvee 1086, and will feature a sumptuous tasting menu plus perfectly paired flight of sparkling English wines from Nyetimber’s collection. Tickets are £250 per person and include welcome canapes, a seven-course meal, the wine flight and teas and coffees to finish.

TWILIGHT AT THE MUSEUMS A fun, educational adventure for families, Twilight at the Museums returns on 19 February. Offering a chance to see local museums and collections in a whole new light, there will be fossils, cosmic from 4.30pm to 7.30pm and features activities at museums including the Fitzwilliam, the Museum of Zoology and the Polar Museum, among others. illuminations, Arctic adventurers, amazing animals and lots more to explore. It runs

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