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Recital: 24 May 2021 – Cambridge Crossing Borders Recital

Diasporic songs of Belonging: Judeo-Spanish women’s songs
Dr Vanessa Paloma Elbaz

Women's songs in the vernacular have served for centuries as spaces of intergenerational communication and for the sonic meeting of oral and written knowledge. Paloma Elbaz is one of the world's experts in Judeo-Spanish women's songs and is recognized internationally as a performer of this repertoire.

Recital: 17 May 2021 

Estonian music for violin and piano. Violin – Ella Fraser; Piano – Julia De Luca

Frates Arvo Pärt
The Cock’s Dance Eduard Tubin


Recital: 10 May 2021 

Second-year Music student, Emily Porter, presents a flute recital of pieces inspired by nature, including Messiaen's challenging 'Le Merle Noir'. With Jill Morton on piano.

Night Soliloquy Kent Kennan
Honami Will Offermans
Le Merle Noir Olivier Messiaen

Recital: 8 March 2021 – Cambridge Crossing Borders Recital

Xi Zhang – guzheng
Pieter Magusin – Slovakian folk music: an introduction with accordion

For more details about Slovakian folk dance and instruments please look at the Folk Dance Federation of California, South website.

Recital: 2 November – Emily Porter (flute) with Noah Jay (piano)

2nd Year music student, Emily, presents a programme of 20th century flute works.

Kokopeli  Katherine Hoover
Eight Pieces Paul Hindemith
Homani  Wil Offermans 
Suite Paysanne Hongroise Béla Bartök




Recital: 9 November – Ella Fraser (violin) with Julia DeLuca (piano)

Violin Sonata in G major Johannes Brahms
Prelude No. 1 George Gershwin
Vocalise    Sergei Rachmaninoff
Banjo & Fiddle William Kroll




Recital: 30 November – Cambridge Crossing Borders Recital

This is the inaugural recital in what hopes to be a series of concerts featuring music and instruments from around the globe. Some performances could not happen due to lockdown, but we are pleased to present these two:

  • Anna Ryan (shakuhachi) – Sokkan
  • Dr Lucy Delap (uilleann pipes) & Clive Lawson (bouzouki & fiddle) – Irish Reels & Jigs


Inter Alios videos

Music & Words: 16 May 2021 – Women's leadership

No Coward Soul is mine By Emily Brontë
Hymne to Christ Imogen Holst, words by John Donne
Cryogenic By Sridala Swami
To my daughter in a red coat  By Anne Stevenson
The Call Gail Randall
Women’s Leadership Dr Jill Armstrong
Progress By Rupi Kaur
We shall walk through the valley Undine Smith-Moore


Music & Words: 8 November – In honour of Black History Month

We wear the mask Paul Lawrence Dunbar
Steal Away  Traditional, attr. Wallace Willis, arr. Edward Eicker
Slaughters of Silence Dani Ladipo (PhD student)
I know why the caged bird sings Maya Angelou
Summer is Gone  Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Remembering, Re-membering Patricia Glinton-Meicholas
Deep River    Traditional, attr. Wallace Willis
The British    Benjamin Zephaniah
Lean on Me  Bill Withers, arr. Ewan Campbel

Music & Words: 22 November – Music, when soft voices die 

Music, when soft voices die Percy Bysshe Shelley
Music, when soft voices die Rebecca Clarke
I am in need of music Elisabeth Bishop
To be sung on the Water Louise Bogan 
To be sung on the Water  Samuel Barber
Music A. S. J. Tessimond
The Sunny Side of the Street Dorothy Fields
Peace I leave with you Amy Beach