Colourful piano recital by sought after musician as part of Isle of Ely Arts Festival

Clare Hammond performed a recital in Ely. Picture: Submitted

Clare Hammond performed a recital in Ely. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

One of the UK’s most talented young pianists comes to Ely Cathedral to play a colourful concert in aid of the Isle of Ely Arts Festival.

Clare Hammond is a local musician with a double first class honours in music from Cambridge University.

“When I first heard her play, I was so impressed with Clare Hammond that I was determined to invite her to perform Ely during the Festival season,” says Isle of Ely Festival chair Sheila Friend-Smith.

“We were delighted that not only did she accept our invitation to do so, but is performing to raise money for the Festival.”

She is in great demand both as a soloist and chamber musician and described as an acclaimed pianist of “amazing power and panache” with a “reputation for brilliantly imaginative concert programmes”.


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The concert is on Friday July 6 and is inspired by this year’s Festival theme of Flora and Fauna.

The whimsical programme will include the Presto from Mendelssohn’s The Bee’s Wedding, Rimsky-Korsakov’s The Flight of the Bumble-Bee, and Ewan Campbell’s Flight of the Killer Bee, as well as Four Impromptus by Schubert, Edmund Finnis’s Youth and Stravinsky’s Trois Mouvements de Petroushka.

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• Flora and Fauna will be held in the South Transept of Ely Cathedral at 7.30pm on Friday July 6. Doors and a Pimms Bar will open at 6.45pm. Tickets from Ely Cathedral Box Office and cost £15, or £5 for under 16s. All seats are unreserved. Call 01353 660349 or box.office@elycathedral.org.

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