Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO)



A word from Rebecca Hopper and Emily Neve, CUWO Presidents 2018-2019:

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO) is a friendly, high-standard ensemble, playing a wide variety of pieces including concert band standards, orchestral transcriptions and popular film music. In recent years CUWO has been going from strength to strength, allowing us to tackle more ambitious repertoire and exciting new projects, and we are eager to continue this trend as joint Presidents this year.

We rehearse weekly on a Tuesday evening, making it possible to be involved with CUWO alongside other societies and CUMS ensembles, and perform five times throughout the year. This academic year features a varsity concert with Bristol University Symphonic Winds in Trinity Chapel, and a visit to Oxford to collaborate with OUWO. The year ends with an exciting joint concert with Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra.

We would both agree that joining CUWO has greatly enhanced our Cambridge experience, and has been a fabulous way to meet like-minded people from different subjects and colleges. Our weekly post-rehearsal college bar trips, termly formals and post-concert socials ensure everyone feels involved and welcome, and mean CUWO can be a great way to escape the pressures of Cambridge term time for a few hours. One of the highlights of our year is our annual tour which in 2018 saw us travel across the pond to North America to celebrate our 30th Anniversary, making us the first Cambridge orchestra to undertake a transatlantic tour.

If you have any questions please do get in touch, and if you are interested in joining CUWO we would love to see you at auditions in October!

If you have any queries, please email or .

The 5 CUWO concerts per year are:

  • Michaelmas Concert – A chance for CUWO to take the spotlight and entertain in our own public concert.
  • Varsity Concerts – Two joint concerts between CUWO and the Oxford University Wind Orchestra (OUWO) and Bristol University Symphonic Winds, with venues alternating each year.
  • Schools’ Concert – Playing to a full house of primary school children in a fantastic lunchtime concert.
  • Easter Concert – Our final concert of the musical year in West Road Concert Hall.

Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings, 19.15 – 22.00, in the Recital Room at the Faculty of Music, West Road.
CUWO have also enjoyed successful summer tours of Europe in 2016 and 2017 and of Canada in 2018.

To view the 2018-19 rehearsal schedule, please click here


(Those available from CUMS marked with *):

Woodwind Saxophones Brass, Bass and Percussion
Piccolo Eb Alto x2 Bb Trumpet/Cornet x5 (mostly trumpet)
Flute x8 Bb Tenor F Horn x4
Oboe x2 Eb Baritone* Tenor Trombone x3
Cor Anglais*   Bass Trombone
Eb Clarinet*   Euphonium x2
Bb Clarinet x10   Tuba x2
Eb Alto Clarinet*   Double Bass
Bb Bass Clarinet*   Percussion x5 (some sticks/mallets required)
Bassoon x2    

CUWO Programme 2018-2019

  • Michaelmas Term Concert
    27 November 2018, 8pm
    West Road Concert Hall
    Conducted by Edward Liebrecht
    with George Speck, saxophone (CUMS Concerto Competition 2018 prize-winner)

    Stravinsky Symphonies of Wind Instruments
    Luis Serrano Alarçon Concertango for Alto Saxophone, Jazz Trio and Symphonic Band
    Nigel Hess East Coast Pictures
    Shostakovich arr. Johan de Meij Jazz Suite No.2

    CUWO will also be performing with Oxford University Wind Orchestra in Oxford on Saturday 24 November


  • Schools’ Concert
    6 March 2019, 1pm
    West Road Concert Hall
    Conducted by Edward Liebrecht

    John Adams arr. Lawrence T Odon Short Ride in a Fast Machine
    Prokofiev arr. James Curnow Peter and the Wolf
    Arr. John Higgins Disney at the Movies
    David Maslanka Golden Light
    Copland arr. Quincy Hilliard Hoe-Down

    Cambridge University Wind Orchestra will also perform a Varsity Concert with Bristol University Wind Orchestra in Trinity College Chapel in Lent Term.


  • Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue
    7 May 2019, 8pm
    West Road Concert Hall
    Conducted by Edward Liebrecht
    with Luke Pitzer piano (CUMS Concerto Competition 2018 prize-winner)
    and Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra

    Programme to include:
    Gershwin arr. Hunsberger Rhapsody in Blue
    David Maslanka Symphony No.4


CUWO Rehearsal Schedule 2018-2019

For those interested in joining CUWO, please see below a rehearsal schedule for the year. Please be aware that rehearsal details will be fully confirmed at the beginning of each project.

CUMS Orchestras Rehearsal Schedules 2018-9

CUWO Committee 2018-2019

  • Presidents: Rebecca Hopper – and Emily Neve –
  • Treasurer: Johnathan Hung –
  • Social Secretaries: Owen Aljabar – and Emma De Salis Young –
  • Concert Manager: Tom Else –
  • Membership Secretary: Aiden Chan –
  • Librarian: Bryony Yates –
  • Schools Officer: Jonathan Lewis-Brown –
  • Publicity Officer: Stephie Asbridge –

  • Click on the links below to see our sites!

    CUWO Tour 2018 | Montreal and New York

    Between 2nd and 11th July 2018, the Cambridge University Wind Orchestra embarked to Canada on our most ambitious tour yet in celebration of our 30th Anniversary. Although based in Montreal, we played five concerts across the cities of Montreal, Ottawa, and Quebec, as well as enjoying free time to explore each of the cities. We were also fortunate that the week of our tour fell during the Montreal International Jazz Festival, which gave us the opportunity to watch free evening concerts which were a ten-minute walk away from our hostel.

    After a day of rehearsals at St Thomas’ Church in Montreal, the orchestra enjoyed a group evening meal at a burger bar before getting on the coach the next morning to travel to Quebec City for our first concert. The concert, which formed part of Chalmers-Wesley Church’s lunchtime concert series, went down extremely well with the audience, and was followed by a free lunch and walking tour generously provided by the church, allowing us the opportunity to get a real feel for the city in the short time we had there.

    The next day was our busiest day of music, with the first of two concerts taking place at a geriatric hospital in Montreal in collaboration with New Horizons Band, an ensemble for local adult beginners. We then travelled the short distance to Mont Royal park for our second concert. A few days before setting off on tour, we had discovered that the concert organisers had moved the location of the concert due to the size of the orchestra, and the new venue gave us incredible views of the sun setting over Montreal as we played to an appreciative audience. Many of the orchestra agreed that this was the most memorable concert location they had ever played at. The concert was ably presented in French by two members of the orchestra to the bilingual crowd.

    Friday was a free day for the orchestra, allowing us time to enjoy the hostel hot tub and split into groups to explore the sights and activities that Montreal had to offer, such as the maple syrup shop and an evening light show at Notre-Dame Basilica. Then on Saturday we travelled to Calypso Waterpark to give two hour-long performances. This gave us the opportunity to bring out some of our lighter, crowd pleasing repertoire. In between our performances, we were given free entry to the waterpark, allowing us to cool off in the heat and sunshine.

    Sunday was our final full day in Canada, and the day of our final concert. This was a joint performance with Ottawa Wind Ensemble, a group made up of professional and semi-professional musicians, as part of the ‘Music and Beyond’ Festival in Ottawa. This was a fabulous opportunity to hear an experienced ensemble play some unfamiliar repertoire, and we also greatly enjoyed collaborating with them for two joint pieces at the end of the concert. That evening, we travelled back to the hostel for a party to celebrate our final night in Canada, and a collection of presents and tour awards were handed out.

    However, this was not the end of the tour! The next morning, we set off early on a coach to New York City, where we had a twenty-four hour stay before our plane flight home. Many people managed to pack an impressive amount of sightseeing into this short period of time, with a real highlight being a pre-planned evening group trip to ‘Top of the Rock’ to watch the sun set over the city.

    Huge thanks must go to Marcel Welsh, Joe Curran and especially to Robin Otter, who not only managed the tour without the help of a tour company, but also drove the percussion van to our concerts all week. The tour was a fitting end to a wonderful 30th year of music making for CUWO.

    Emily Neve, CUWO President 2018-2019



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