Concerto Competition

Stephanie Childress, CUMS Concerto Competition 2017 Winner. 
Photo Cred. Tom Porteous

Stephanie Childress, CUMS Concerto Competition 2017 Winner. Photo Cred. Tom Porteous

Each academic year, CUMS welcomes applications for the opportunity to perform a concerto with one of their ensembles in the following season. The first round of the 2019 Concerto Competition will be held on 23 January 2019 and the second round on 26 February 2019.

Candidates should send their CV, together with a formal letter of application, by email to Rachel Becker, Concerts Assistant, at by 9.00 AM on Monday 21 January 2019. Applications received after this date will not be considered. We anticipate that all applicants will perform in the first round of auditions on 23 January.

Details on how to apply and what to prepare are available HERE.


Cambridge University Musical Society Concerto Competition 2018

After an exciting final on Tuesday 13 February we are delighted to announce the winners

CUMS Concerto Competition Winner 2018: Ignacio Mañá Mesas
Second prize: James Jones


All prize-winners will have performance opportunities with a CUMS ensemble or in the Cambridge University Lunchtime Series next season.

Patrick Bevan
George Speck
Lucy Walker
Andreas Wildner

The judges would also like to congratulate the following performers for their excellent performances in the first round audition:

Michael Ng, piano

Catriona Bourne, flute


Many thanks to this year’s judges Melanie Ragge, Odile Ollagnon, John Rink, Matthew Schellhorn and Charles Mutter.


2018 Finalists

James Jones: violin (Saint-Saëns 3 1st mvt accompanied by Naomi Woo)
George Speck: saxophone (Dubois 1st mvt accompanied by Jamie Conway)
Lucy Walker: piano (Finzi Eclogue accompanied by Lucy Morrell)
Andreas Wildner: piano (Chopin 2 1st mvt accompanied by Nina del Ser)
Ignacio Maña Mesas: saxophone (Tomasi 1st mvt accompanied by Donal McCann)
Patrick Bevan: violin (Mendelssohn 3rd mvt accompanied by Naomi Woo)



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