Christmas in Cambridge

I love this time of year.  Cambridge looks more beautiful than ever with the Christmas lights twinkling as dusk falls and I still get that child-like rush of excitement in the run up to the big day.  And I firmly believe that you’re never too old for a pantomime.  One of my fondest childhood memories is my granny treating us to the panto each year … putting on my best dress, meeting up with my cousins, munching a choc ice in the interval.

Snow White Cambridge Junction
Image credit:  Claire Haigh/WeThreeClub

I’m sure the ice cream selection, if not the jokes, will be a bit more sophisticated at the two pantomimes running in the city this year.  Cambridge Junction brings us Snow White, an original take on the Brothers Grimm fairy tale, with magic, music and a very shiny red apple.  Over at Cambridge Arts Theatre, Aladdin is a classic panto with dazzling costumes and spectacular dance routines.  Both productions offer a British Sign Language interpreted performance and a Relaxed performance.

www.junction.co.uk

www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

 

BALLET CENTRAL _NUCRACKER,Stratford Circus Arts Centre
Image credit:  Bill Cooper

Ballet Central are bringing their adaptation of The Nutcracker to the ADC Theatre from 13 – 15 December with performances at 2.30pm, 4.30pm and 6.30pm.  At 45 minutes long, it’s the perfect way to introduce children to this Christmas ballet with its iconic Tchaikovsky score.  Enjoy the fantasy and sparkle as Clara’s dreams come alive and she journeys to the Kingdom of Sweets, meeting her Nutcracker Prince and the Sugar Plum Fairy along the way.

www.adctheatre.com

The North Pole ice skating

The North Pole Ice Rink returns to Parker’s Piece for the festive season, with food and drinks available at the cosy undercover Alpine Bar.  I hung up my skates long ago after an unfortunate ice rink incident which resulted in a very bruised coccyx but you’ll find me nursing a hot chocolate, maybe a mulled wine, as I watch my family twirl on the ice.  Or perhaps I’ll sneak off to have a go on the fairground rides!

www.thenorthpolecambridge.co.uk

King's College Cambridge

For me, it wouldn’t be Christmas without some yuletide singing.  Carol services in the city include Carols at Michaelhouse at 3pm and 4pm on 15 December and a traditional Carols by Candlelight at Great St Mary’s on 23 December at 6.30pm.  Possibly the most famous Christmas service of all, The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King’s College Chapel, is broadcast to millions around the world on Christmas Eve.  To get your hands on a ticket, go to the College early on Christmas Eve morning with photo ID.  Ticket distribution starts at 7am.  Or grab a mince pie, put your feet up and tune in to BBC Radio 4 for the live transmission at 3pm.

www.kings.cam.ac.uk

This post is part of my “New in Cambridge” column in the December issue of Velvet Magazine.  Read more on http://www.velvetmag.co.uk

 

What’s on in Cambridge – December 2018

There’s so much wonderful stuff going on in the city this month.  On this listing, you’ll find carol concerts, Christmas music, ballet, pantomime, Dickens and more!  Please get in touch if you know of other events that I can include here.

Holly wreath

1 – 9th    10 – 4pm  Anglian Pottery Christmas Selling Exhibition.  All Saints’ Church, Jesus Lane.  Free entry.  http://www.anglianpotters.org.uk

1st    10.30 – 4.30pm  Mill Road Winter Fair.  Facebook: Mill Road Winter Fair 2018  Read more about last year’s Mill Road Winter Fair here

1st    Cambridge Made Christmas Fair.  St Andrew’s Street Baptist Church, CB2.  Facebook: Cambridge Made Christmas Fair 2018  Read more about Cambridge Made and last year’s Christmas Fair here

1st    7.30pm  Christmas Oratorio, JS Bach.  Clare College Choir and The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.  Trinity College Chapel.  http://www.adcticketing.com

1st    7.30pm  Messiah.  Handel.  St John’s Voices and Cambridge Baroque Camerata.  St John’s College Chapel.  http://www.adcticketing.com

1st Dec – 6 Jan    Aladdin.  Cambridge Arts Theatre.  http://www.cambridgeartstheatre.com

2nd    5.30pm  Candlelit Service of music and readings for Advent.  Great St Mary’s Church  http://www.gsm.cam.ac.uk

4th    7.30pm  “The Story of a Disappearance and an Appearance.”  Cambridge ghost stories for Christmas with Robert Lloyd Parry of Nunkie Productions.  Cambridge Museum of Technology, Cheddars Lane, CB5.  http://www.museumoftechnology.com  http://www.nunkie.co.uk

5th    5 – 8pm  Rowan Winter Warmer.  http://www.rowanhumberstone.co.uk  Read more about Rowan, their Winter Warmer and the upcoming “Cambridge Seen” art exhibition here

5 – 31st   Snow White.  Cambridge Junction.  http://www.junction.co.uk

7 – 8th    7.30pm  A Christmas Carol.  Adapted and performed by Martin Prest.  The Leper Chapel, Newmarket Road, CB5.  http://www.adcticketing.com

8th    3pm  In Dulci Jubilo.  Erasmus Chamber Choir and Ensemble.  Bach, Buxtehude and Bellis.  Choral preludes, motets and carols for Advent and Christmas.  St Columba’s Church, Downing Street.  Free entry.

8th    7pm  Messiah by candlelight.  Handel.  Eboracum Baroque.  Great St Mary’s Church.  In aid of Cancer Research. http://www.eboracumbaroque.co.uk

8th    7.30pm  Bernstein on Broadway.  Cambridge Philharmonic.  West Road Concert Hall  http://www.cambridgephilharmonic.com

8th    8pm   Music for Advent and Christmas.  Music by Parsons, Darke and Dove and carols for audience participation.  Fairhaven Singers.  Trinity College Chapel.  http://www.fairhavensingers.org.uk

10th    7.30pm  Mr Charles Dickens presents A Christmas Carol.  Mumford Theatre, Anglia Ruskin University, East Road.  http://www.anglia.ac.uk/mumfordtheatre

11th    7.30pm  O Holy Night.  Seasonal music, festive favourites and Christmas carols.  Choir of Jesus College.  Jesus College Chapel.  http://www.adcticketing.com

11th    7.45pm  The Soldier by Rachel Wagstaff.  A play based on the life of Rupert Brooke. In support of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.  Orchard Tea Garden, Grantchester.  http://www.meshtheatre.com/tickets.html

12th    5 – 8pm  Fairtrade Christmas gift shopping evening.  Cafe Abantu, Hobson Street.  Ethical shopping with complimentary mulled wine and mince pies.  Read more about Cafe Abantu here

12th    8pm  A Ceremony of Carols.  Seasonal music for choir and harp.  Britten, Rutter, Warlock and others.  Traditional carols and contemporary settings.  Granta Chorale.  Corpus Christi College Chapel.  Raising money for Jimmy’s Night Shelter.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

13 – 15th    The Nutcracker.  Ballet Central.  Adapted 45 minute performance.  ADC Theatre  http://www.adctheatre.com  Read more about this production of The Nutcracker here

15th    11am – 12 noon  Jingle All The Way.  Christmas carols, songs and fun for all the family.  Cambridge Chorale.  Great St Mary’s Church.  Tickets from http://www.adcticketing.com or on the door.

15th    3pm and 4pm  Carol Services at Michaelhouse, Trinity Street.  http://www.gsm.cam.ac.uk

15th    5pm  Welcome All Wonders.  Cantata for choir, organ and trumpet, celebrating the Christmas story.  Cambridge Chorale.  Great St Mary’s Church.  Tickets from http://www.adcticketing.com or on the door.

15th    7.30pm  Amahl and the Night Visitors (Menotti) and A Ceremony of Carols (Britten).  New Cambridge Singers.  Church of St John the Evangelist, Hills Road. http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

16th    3.30pm and 5.30pm  Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.   Prime Brass with Junior Prime Brass and choirs.  West Road Concert Hall.  http://www.adcticketing.com

18 – 22nd    Peter Pan.  Cambridge Theatre Company.  Great Hall at The Leys, CB2.  http://www.cambridgelivetrust/tickets

18 – 23rd    3pm  Nine Lessons and Images.  A Christmas Tour of the Fitzwilliam Museum.  http://www.eventbrite.co.uk (tickets at 9 Images) or email roblloydparry@hotmail.com.  50% of all ticket sales goes to Wintercomfort.

20th    6.30pm  Chesterton Community Carols.  Carols with brass band, refreshments and High Wired Circus performing a festive show.  St Andrew’s Church, Chesterton.  Free entry, collection for Wintercomfort.

23rd    6.30pm  Carols by Candlelight.  Great St Mary’s Church  http://www.gsm.cam.ac.uk

29 – 31st and 1 Jan    The Nutcracker/Swan Lake.  St Petersburg Classic Ballet.  Cambridge Corn Exchange  http://www.cornex.co.uk

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What’s on in March

February is drawing to a close and although there are signs of Spring here in Cambridge, the outdoor temperature is still extremely bracing!  But there’s plenty going on in the city to get us through to the warmer Spring days, so here’s the what’s on listing for March.  It’s an eclectic mix of events that come to my attention so if you know about an event that could be included, please get in touch through my Contact page.  I’ll update this listing through the month, so do check back when you can.

Railings at Michaelhouse
The railings at Michaelhouse

1st    8pm  Joachim Trio.  Purcell, Beethoven, Schubert and Sibelius.  Kettles Yard.  http://www.kettlesyard.co.uk

2nd   5.30pm  Migration 2018: Migration in Science.  Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue http://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/lectures

2/3rd   7pm (and 2pm on 3rd)  Swan Lake.  Cambridge University Ballet Society. West Road Concert Hall  http://www.adcticketing.co.uk

3/4th    10am  Innovations in Ceramic Art.  The Guildhall, Market Square  http://www.onlineceramics.com

3rd    8.15pm  The Kilgour Consort.  Bach Mass in B Minor.  Trinity College Chapel  http://www.tcms.org.uk

4th    9.30am  Cambridge Half Marathon.  Starting and finishing on Midsummer Common

5/12/19th    7pm  Meditation and Emotional Intelligence.  Michaelhouse.  cambridge.cea@gmail.com

5th    7.30pm  Mozart and Mendelssohn.  The St Margaret’s Society of Queens’ with MagSoc Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.  West Road Concert Hall  magsoc.soc.srcf.net/tickets

8th    8pm  Fever: Jo Harrop sings Peggy Lee.  Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane  http://www.cambridgejazz.org

9th    5.30pm  Migration 2018:  Animal Migration.  Lady Mitchell Hall, Sidgwick Avenue  http://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/lectures

10th    The Rising Festival 2018, celebrating International Women’s Day  http://www.therisingnetwork.com

10th    7.30 pm  The Trinity Singers.  Mendelssohn and Dvorak.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door.

10th    8pm  The Orlando Singers. Durufle, Vierne, Bruckner and Poulenc.  Queens’ College Chapel  http://www.OrlandoSingers.org.uk

11th    10.30am  Cambridge Vegan Market.  The Guildhall, Market Square.  http://www.veganmarkets.co.uk and see my blog post

11th    7.30pm  CU Chinese Orchestra Society 11th Anniversary Concert.  West Road Concert Hall  http://www.adcticketing.com

17th    5.30pm  Foundation Concert.  Howells and Brahms.  Choir of King’s College with Cambridge University Orchestra.  King’s College Chapel.  shop@kings.cam.ac.uk

17th    6pm  Unleash the Beauty.  Lucy Cavendish Singers.  Emmanuel United Reform Church  http://www.lucycavendishsingers.org.uk

17th    7.30pm  French Connections.  Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus.  Varese, Stravinsky, Poulenc and Ravel.  West Road Concert Hall.  Free pre-concert talk at 6.45pm.  http://www.cam-phil.org.uk

17th    7.30pm  Fairhaven Singers.  Bernstein and Durufle.  St John’s College Chapel  http://www.fairhavensingers.org.uk

19th    7pm  Choirs of Jesus College and The Corelli Orchestra.  Bach St John Passion.  Jesus College Chapel

22nd    8pm  Freddie Gavita Quartet.  Hidden Rooms, Jesus Lane  http://www.cambridgejazz.org

23rd    6pm  Choir of Clare College.  Buxtehude Membra Jesu Nostri, interspersed with readings of poetry from 1918 and extracts from Birdsong.  Clare College Chapel.  Tickets from Old Court Porters’ Lodge

24th    2.30pm  NCT Nearly New Sale.  Preloved parent and baby goods.  Sports Centre, Cambridge Regional College  http://www.nctcambridge.org

24th    8pm  New Cambridge Singers.  Scarlatti, MacMillan, Lotti, Bax and Casals.  Trinity College Chapel.  Tickets on the door or from http://www.cambridgelivetrust.co.uk

24/25th    Arts and Crafts Show.  Grantchester Village Hall.  Facebook: Grantchester Arts and Craft Show

26-31st    Arts Fest 2018.  Festival of art, performance and creativity.  St Paul’s Cambridge  http://www.stpaulsartsfest.org and see my blog post

Lenten Rose
A beautiful Lenten rose, blooming in my garden