Cambridge University Symphony Chorus

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus is a busy and vibrant choir of approximately 120 members which gives singers the fantastic opportunity to perform some of the most dramatic and passionate choral music ever written. The chance to sing mass works such as Verdi Requiem, Mendelssohn Elijah and Mahler Symphony No.8 and other large-scale repertoire rarely performed in College Choirs, is part of what makes the Symphony Chorus so special.

This year, we celebrate the 175th anniversary of CUMS, with the Chorus as the founding ensemble in 1843. It is also our first full season with recently-appointed Musical Director Richard Wilberforce and we look forward to an exciting time ahead.

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus has truly flourished over the past 30 years, delivering exceptional performances of choral classicsA guest conductor is invited for one term each year. The Chorus also enjoys trips and performances abroad for example Florence, Prague, Tallinn, Paris, Lisbon and, most recently, Rome. If you’re passionate about singing and looking for the chance to perform some of the grandest vocal repertory, CUMS Symphony Chorus is the place for you.

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus rehearses weekly on Thursday nights at 7.30pm during the university term in St Paul’s Church, Hills Road.

AuditionsIf you think Cambridge University Symphony Chorus is the place for you then we would love to hear you audition. See here for more information about 2018-19 auditions. If you have any queries, our  is happy to help. We are particularly keen to welcome TENORS!

2018-2019 highlights:

  • 24th November 2018 Bach – Christmas Oratorio, with East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Wilberforce (Saffron Hall).
  • 9th/10th March 2019 Dvořák – Six Moravian Choruses (arr. Janáček), Stabat Mater (orig. piano version); Suk – Spring; Janáček Elegy; conducted by Richard Wilberforce (9th March: St Mary’s Church, Saffron Walden; 10th March: Emmanuel URC, Cambridge). Information and ticketing links can be found at
  • 15th June 2019 Mussorgsky – Night on a Bald Mountain, semi-staged excerpts from Boris Godunov (Sir John Tomlinson as Boris); Stravinsky – Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch (cond. Toby Hession); Symphony of Psalms with CU Sinfonia, conducted by Ryan Wigglesworth (King’s College Chapel). This performance is Sir John’s chance to say farewell to this role, having performed it hundreds of times at la Scala, The Met, Convent Garden, etc. – not to be missed!


Chorus Committee 2018-19

Chorus Treasurer

Martin Richardson

Chorus General Manager

Paul Fray

Chorus Student President

Alice Clarke

Chorus President

Lawrence Wragg

Chorus Registrar

Mez van Slageren

Chorus Social Secretary

Jo Stansfield

Chorus Publicity Officer

Anne Presanis

Chorus Programming Manager

Pedro Bento

Chorus Development Manager

Ann Bergin

Review: March 2016: Cambridge University Symphony Chorus helps to resurrect Spohr’s ‘The Last Judgement’. Read here.

Review: 16th May 2015, Choral Workshop with David Hill (Wesley Methodist Church).  Click here for a review.

Interview: Jessica Scaife talks about life as a Chorus member and the exciting programmes in the 2013-14 Season. Read here.

Review: Ralph Woodward conducts Handel, Rameau and Bach 23/2/14, Varsity. Read here.


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Cambridge University Musical Society
West Road Concert Hall
11 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DP
Principal Guest Conductor
Sir Roger Norrington CBE
CUMS Conductor Laureate
Stephen Cleobury CBE
Director, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Martin Ennis
Artistic Advisor
Sian Edwards
Associate Directors, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
David Lowe, Nicholas Mulroy