Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO)



A word from Ellen Berry, CUWO President 2017-2018:

CUWO is entering its 30th year, and is now a well-established, top-level university ensemble. We enjoy a challenging array of repertoire, including wind band staples, orchestral transcriptions, contemporary music, and film scores.
Throughout the year we perform on five occasions, including two Varsity concerts with Oxford and Bristol, and an annual schools’ concert. Rehearsals are every Tuesday evening during term, making it possible for our players to commit to other CUMS ensembles as well. CUWO has a very friendly atmosphere that extends past our practices, with after-rehearsal pub trips, termly formals, and our renowned post-concert socials. This culminates in a summer tour, which has recently taken us to Belgium and Germany. This is a great way to celebrate the end of the year and send off our departing players in style!

This year looks to be particularly exciting as we commemorate CUWO’s 30th anniversary. We will be celebrating the occasion by performing the world premiere of a specially commissioned piece by Jonathon Woolgar. In addition, we are looking forward to the opportunity to work with famed British composer Nigel Hess in a coaching session next Easter. 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 .

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.

To view the 2017-18 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 2017-2018

  • Bristol and Cambridge Wind Orchestras Varsity Concert
    18 November, 6.00pm (Tyndale Baptists Church, Bristol)
    Conducted by William Barnes-McCallum
    Programme to include
    Richard Saucedo Persistence
    Martin Ellerby Paris Sketches
    Bristol’s programme TBC


  • Michaelmas Term Concert
    28 November, 8pm (West Road Concert Hall)
    Conducted by William Barnes-McCallum
    Richard Saucedo Persistence
    Copland, arr. Robert Longfield Variations on a Shaker Melody (from Appalachian Spring)
    Ponchielli Trumpet Concerto, with soloist Nick Smith
    Copland An Outdoor Adventure
    Adam Gorb Midnight in Buenos Aires
    Martin Ellerby Paris Sketches


  • Oxford and Cambridge Wind Orchestras Varsity Concert
    24 February, 4.30pm (Trinity College Chapel)
    Conducted by William Barnes-McCallum
    Eric Whitacre Ghost Train
    Paul Hart Cartoon
    Arturo Marques, arr. Oliver Nickel Danzon
    Murray Gold, arr. Matthew Kemp Music from Doctor Who
    Michael Giacchino, arr. Jay Bocook Music from ‘The Incredibles’
    Oxford’s programme TBC


  • Schools’ Concert
    7 March, 1pm (West Road Concert Hall)
    Conducted by William Barnes-McCallum

    Eric Whitacre Ghost Train
    Paul Hart Cartoon
    Arturo Marques, arr. Oliver Nickel Danzon
    Murray Gold, arr. Matthew Kemp Music from Doctor Who
    Michael Giacchino, arr. Jay Bocook Music from ‘The Incredibles’


  • Anniversary Concert
    11 May, 8pm (West Road Concert Hall)
    Conducted by William Barnes-McCallum
    Nigel Hess Lochnager Suite
    Jonathan Woolgar New Work
    Hindemith Symphony in B flat
    Vaughan Williams English Folk Song Suite
    Grainger Irish Tune and Shepherd’s Hey


CUWO Rehearsal Schedule 2017-2018

For those interested in joining CUWO, please see below a provisional rehearsal schedule for the year. Please be aware that this is not the final version of the schedule and rehearsal details are subject to change.

2017-18 Rehearsal Schedule

CUWO Committee 2017-2018

  • President: Ellen Berry –
  • Treasurer: Mark Thornton –
  • Social Secretary: Charlotte Hallam –
  • Social Secretary: Kathryn van der Byl –
  • Concert Manager: Oliver Philcox –
  • Anniversary Manager: Joseph Curran –
  • Membership Secretary: Christina Alishaw –
  • Librarian: Rebecca Hopper –
  • Librarian/Stash Officer: Emily Neve –
  • Instrumental Manager: Agnes Fung –
  • Webmaster: Aiden Chan –
  • Schools Officer: Laura Dunkling –
  • Publicity Officer: Jonathan Lewis-Brown –

Click on the links below to see our sites!

CUWO Tour 2018 | Montreal and New York

In July 2018, to mark the 30th anniversary of CUWO, we are embarking on the most ambitious CUMS tour ever. The tour will consist of a seven night stay in Montreal with concerts there and in the nearby cities of Ottawa and Quebec, followed by two days of sightseeing in New York City. We will be performing in a wide range of venues, from a cathedral to a more informal concert in a water park. The tour will also include a North American premiere of a piece by Jonathan Woolgar.

We hope to make this tour the most exciting tour yet for CUWO, so if you would like to find out more, or if you live near any of the places listed above, and could help us to organise concerts, or with publicity and fundraising, then please do not hesitate to contact us .



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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