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CAMBRIDGE is looking musically lively this summer, with two of July's freshest series carrying on through the first week of August, both with an early-music focus. The Cambridge Summer Recitals are strong on organists; there's also a date with the virtuoso natural trumpeter Crispian Steele-Perkins and the Chandos Baroque Players, and tonight a programme by Sirinu called The Frozen Jewel of Potosi, which makes links between contemporary Andean music and Renaissance Spain. Tickets from the Cambridge Music Shop (0223 351786).

A couple of the recitals clash with the concert series of the Cambridge Early Music Summer Schools, but the choice is a clear- cut one since the latter ones are voice-led. Tonight the Hilliard Ensemble, who have been giving classes for the past week, join the soprano Suzie Le Blanc at Trinity Hall for psalms and madrigals by Schutz and Monteverdi; and they are followed by a Renaissance week with Musica Antiqua of London (details: 0223 354096).

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