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.

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. Details about this year can be found in the Chorus Calendar.

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 2017-18 auditions. If you have any queries, our  is happy to help. We are particularly keen to welcome TENORS and BASSES!

2017-2018 highlights:

  • 25th November 2017 Handel – Israel in Egypt, with East Anglia Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Richard Wilberforce (Saffron Hall).
  • 17th March 2018 Rachmaninov – movements from All Night Vigil and Liturgy of St John Chrysostom; Frank Martin – Mass for Double Choir conducted by Edward Higginbottom (St Paul’s Church, Hills Road).
  • 16th June 2018 Brahms – Ein deutsches Requiem, with CU Sinfonia, conducted by Jeremy Jackman (King’s College Chapel).


Section Representatives


Chorus Committee 2017-18

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 Development Manager

Alex Hayes

Chorus Publicity Officer

Anne Presanis

Chorus Programming Manager

Pedro Bento

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