Accompanying Person Programme

Sunday. Opening event in the cloisters of Trinity College, famous for being the place where Isaac Newton determined the speed of sound. As well as food and drink, and the pleasure of meeting old friends, there will be a world premiere of a new work by Cecilia McDowall to celebrate IAML (UK & Ireland)’s 70th anniversary.

Tuesday. A visit to Cambridge’s Botanic Gardens. The University’s Botanic Gardens were created in 1762 to supply plants as teaching materials to the University. Open on its present site since 1846, they are a green oasis at a busy end of the city. Experience a diverse selection of plants, enjoy the beauty of the gardens, and meet a member of the Botanic gardens staff.

Tuesday evening. A chamber music concert at the Concert Hall in West Road, which includes some items from the Music Department at Cambridge University Library’s own collections, and will feature the works of William Alwyn, Doreen Carwithen, Frederick Delius, David Matthews, Frank Bridge, and Claude Debussy. The Rosetti Ensemble is known for its innovative programming and is an established group on classical music festival circuits.

Wednesday afternoon social excursion. To find out more go to our Social events and tours page.

Friday. A stunning final dinner in the Gothic splendour of King’s College Dining Hall. A 3 course meal will be preceded by drinks overlooking the iconic Backs. With no less than two minstrels galleries in the Dining Hall, there will, of course, be music, which will include a final small musical premiere to open the meal and close the Congress.

Additional concerts. At least one additional concert will be included in the cost of the Full Week Accompanying person’s programme. (Both are subject to availability).

Accompanying people can choose from:

Monday. The Flauguissimo Duo in Pembroke College Chapel. A flute and guitar/lute duo performing music from late Baroque to early nineteenth century music. Programme to be confirmed.


Thursday. The Living Songs Series performing in the unusual setting of the Old Divinity School, part of St. John’s College. A song recital featuring songs from the late 20th century onwards, there will be a variety of music from the avant garde to the more mainstream reflecting the breadth of music available to modern audiences.