MAHLER: Symphony No 8

7th July 2018

Ely Cathedral

Conductor: Timothy Redmond
Soprano: Judith Howarth
Soprano: Katherine Broderick
Soprano: Paula Sides
Mezzo Soprano: Heather Shipp
Mezzo Soprano: Madeleine Shaw
Tenor: Daniel Norman
Baritone: Michael Druiett
Bass: Richard Wiegold

Cambridge & Norwich Philharmonic Choruses
Cambridge Philharmonic Orchestra

Mahler described his mighty Eighth Symphony as ‘a gift to the whole nation’. Whilst its nickname ‘Symphony of a Thousand’ might be an exaggeration, with eight soloists, several choirs and a truly enormous orchestra, it’s not too far off the mark. In the summer of 1906, Mahler was concerned that his creative powers were failing him. He decided to rest from his usual composing routine, but on his first day of holiday, ‘the Spiritus Creator took hold of me and shook me and drove me on for the next eight weeks until my greatest work was done.’ Based on the Latin hymn ‘Veni Creator Spiritus’ and the final part of Goethe’s Faust, this is a celebration of life, love and the creative spirit.

Tickets: reserved: £15 £25 £30, unreserved: £10 (Students and under-18s £10 on the door) from Ely Cathedral Box Office