When: March 5, 2024 12:30 pm
Where: West Road Concert Hall

Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert | CONCERTO COMPETITION FINAL

Tuesday 5 March at 12.30pm
West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

Witness musical brilliance and some fierce competition as the University’s most exceptional instrumentalists vie for the chance to perform alongside the top University orchestras. This prestigious competition pits the finest talents against each other, showcasing their mastery through captivating concerto performances, all under the keen observation of a panel of esteemed industry professionals.

Please note that this instalment of the Lunchtime Concert series will start at 12.30pm and run until approximately 2.30pm.

The 2023-24 finalists are:

12:30 Hebe Kan (T) harp
Glière Harp Concerto, Op.74, mvt.I Allegro moderato
12:50 Imaan Kashim (JN) violin
Bruch Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26, mvt.I Vorspiel. Allegro Moderato
13:10 Alex Pullen (JN) marimba
Séjourné Concerto for Marimba and String Orchestra, mvt.III
13:30 Lola Frisby Williams (CAI) clarinet
Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.622, mvt.TBC
13:50 Harry Scott-Burt (JN) cello
Shostakovich Cello Concerto No.1 in E flat major, Op.107, mvt.III Cadenza (attacca)
14:10 Flora Clapham (CHR) violin
Korngold Violin Concerto, Op.35, mvt.I Moderato nobile

The judges for the final are as follows:

Margaret Faultless

Violinist Maggie Faultless has had an extremely varied career and is currently a leader of the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. She is Director of Performance at the Faculty of Music in Cambridge, a Bye-Fellow of Girton, Honorary Fellow of Clare and Musician in Residence of St John’s College. She holds the Becket Chair of Historical Performance at the Royal Arcademy of Music and is a Professor of the University of London

Laura van der Heijden

Admired for her captivating sonority and creative programming, Laura van der Heijden has emerged as one of the leading cellists of her generation. Her first album with Chandos Records, Pohádka was released in 2022 to critical acclaim. In 2023, Laura toured the US with the Keleidoscope Chamber Collective, and was also Artist in Focus at King’s Place, London performing in two contrasting chamber music recitals and CPE Bach with the Aurora Orchestra. She also gave solo and chamber recitals at Concertgebouw Amsterdam, Wigmore Hall, Cheltenham Music Festival and at the Bad Kissingen Festival.

Keith Bragg

Keith Bragg was Principal Piccolo of the Philharmonia Orchestra from 1982 until 2020 and was Chairman of the Philharmonia from 1990 to 2005. He is Emeritus Professor of Orchestral Studies at the Royal Academy of Music where he became Professor of Piccolo in 1992 and was Head of Woodwind from 2002-2021. Keith has performed with all the major London orchestras and was a founder member of the Elysian Wind Quintet


The Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert series offers a vibrant stage for students and local performers. Open to the public every Tuesday during the University of Cambridge term, these free concerts are well attended. CULCs are curated by a student committee and supported by the Centre for Music Performance.

Free admission with retiring donations gratefully received.

Cover image artwork by Lea Luka Tiziana Sikau.