Cambridge University Symphony Chorus (CUSC)

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.

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, CU 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 2019-20 auditions. If you have any queries, our  is happy to help. We are particularly keen to welcome TENORS!

2019-2020 highlights:

  • 30th November 2019: A rare performance of Elgar The Kingdom, with Leeds Philharmonic Choir and Faust Chamber Orchestra, conducted by David Hill (Ely Cathedral). Arguably the best of Elgar’s oratorios (of consistently higher quality than The Dream of Gerontius, according to the late great Sir Adrian Boult), this will be a blockbuster performance with over 200 singers, top-notch soloists and a professional orchestra in one of the finest concert venues in the country – not to be missed!
  • 5th to 8th December 2019: Tour to Aachen for a joint concert of a cappella music with our fellow choir Cappella Aquensis. Think of Christmas markets and a lovely end-of-term trip to this beautiful medieval town where Germany, The Netherlands and Belgium meet.
  • 8th March 2020: French late C19th and early C20th music including new arrangements by Robin Holloway, Joy Lisney and Toby Hession, with Seraphin Project,  conducted by Richard Wilberforce (West Road Concert Hall).
  • 13th June 2020: Mozart’s ever-popular Requiem, with East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Wilberforce (King’s College Chapel).

Chorus Committee 2019-20

Chorus Treasurer

Martin Richardson

Chorus General Manager

Paul Fray

Chorus President

Lawrence Wragg

Chorus Programming Manager

Pedro Bento

Chorus Registrar

Kate Derkach

Chorus Registrar

Jessica Lim

Chorus Student President

Gianmarco Raddi

Chorus Development Manager

Lea Hibou

Chorus Publicity Officer

Andrea Kocsis

Review: June 2019: CUMS May Week Concert at King’s College Chapel. Read here.

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
Artistic Advisor
Sian Edwards
Director, Cambridge University Symphony Chorus
Richard Wilberforce
Director, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
Martin Ennis
Associate Directors, Cambridge University Chamber Choir
David Lowe, Nicholas Mulroy