Cambridge University Musical Society
The Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS) is a federation of the university's main orchestral and choral ensembles, which cumulatively put on a substantial concert season during the university term.
Students wishing to join an orchestra are required to audition at the beginning of the academic year (unless they are string players already in CUMS II and not seeking promotion), on the basis of which they are allocated to a position and orchestra. Competition for places is variable depending on instrument. Selection is purely on merit, and irrespective of age, standing in the university, or subject being read.
Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra
A small orchestra, consisting of the university's elite instrumental musicians, most of whom either hold university instrumental awards or have been involved in nationally-significant music making, particularly the National Youth Orchestra.
The flagship symphony orchestra, giving five concerts in the academic year, often involving renowned conductors, particularly the principal conductor Martin Yates.
The second symphony orchestra, conducted by students.
Cambridge University Wind Orchestra
The wind orchestra, conducted by students.
A large choir, conducted by Stephen Cleobury, which often performs with the orchestras.
Music has a long history at Cambridge. In 1464 the world’s first firmly-authenticated Bachelor of Music degree was awarded at Cambridge to one Henry Abyngdon, Master of the Children of the Chapel Royal to Edward IV. Over the intervening centuries celebrated musicians such as William Boyce, William Sterndale Bennett, Charles Villiers Stanford, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Arthur Bliss, Alexander Goehr, Robin Holloway and Thomas Adès have studied or taught at Cambridge.
In 1843 the Cambridge University Musical Society (CUMS) was established, and gradually built a splendid tradition of concert-giving. The founders of CUMS included John Bacchus Dykes, William Thomson and John A. L. Airey.
Conductors of CUMS
Many respected musical figures have directed the Cambridge University Musical Society, including the following:
- Charles Villiers Stanford
- Cyril Rootham
- Colin Davis
- David Willcocks
- Philip Ledger
- Stephen Cleobury
- Robin Ticciati
- Richard Armstrong (conductor)
- Mark Elder
- Peter Stark
- David Hill (choral director)
- Roger Norrington
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