Cambridge University Musical Society

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West Road Concert Hall, 11 West Road, Cambridge, Cambs, CB3 9DP
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Rachel Becker

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Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS) has played a pivotal role in British musical life for almost 170 years. The main focus of the society is to facilitate passionate and enthusiastic music-making wherever possible. The society is made up of ten ensembles which offer a wide variety of experiences for members of the University and local residents. The ensembles range from the internationally renowned chamber orchestra and symphony orchestra, to the concert orchestra and wind orchestra who focus on offering performance opportunities for young people. As well as orchestral ensembles, CUMS also includes a chorus and a chamber choir, providing opportunities for singers outside of the Cambridge chapel choir environment.

CUMS aims to bring together the passionate musicians of Cambridge and provide them with a variety of unique opportunities such as the chance to work with professional soloists and conductors, to perform in venues like King’s College Chapel, Ely Cathedral and West Road Concert Hall, to enter conducting, concerto and composition competitions and to tour internationally. Recent highlights have included Wagner’s Parsifal (Act III) conducted by Sir Mark Elder, a recording of Haydn and Mozart symphonies with Sir Roger Norrington, and a recording of The Epic of Everest’s original score for the British Film Institute.




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West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road


  • Wheelchair accessible

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Last Updated: 16 August 2018

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