CUMS Appoints 2017-18 Student President

Cambridge University Musical Society is delighted to announce that Edward Reeve has been appointed CUMS Student President for our 2017-18 Season.

Edward Reeve is twenty-one years old and is now in his third year reading Music at Queens’ College, Cambridge, as Senior Organ Scholar. Edward has been playing the piano since the age of seven, completing his Diploma of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music when he was fourteen. He gained the Licentiate of the Royal Schools of Music at the end of 2011 with distinction, achieving the same qualification on the organ in July 2014. Edward has been fortunate to have had the opportunity to perform piano and organ concertos with a number of orchestras, including Mozart’s 23rd, 24th and 27th Piano Concertos, Beethoven’s 1st, 2nd and 3rd Piano Concertos and Choral Fantasia, Mendelssohn’s First Piano Concerto, Brahms’ First and Second Piano Concertos, Poulenc’s Piano Concerto and Bach’s complete Brandenburg Concertos (on period instruments with Cambridge University Collegium Musicum).

Recent conducting experience includes conducting Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Lobgesang, Mozart’s Così fan tutte, Die Zauberflöte and the ‘Great’ Mass in C minor, Handel’s Jephtha, Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem, Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater and La Serva Padrona, Parry’s Songs of Farewell, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, Blow’s Venus and Adonis, Offenbach’s Daphnis and Chloe, Howells’ Requiem and Salieri’s Prima la musica e poi le parole. Edward was recently appointed as the Associate Conductor for the Brandenburg Choral Festival of London, for which he has conducted Mozart’s Requiem and Haydn’s The Creation at St. Martin-in-the-Fields. In April 2017, Edward directed his own festival – the Cambridge Brahms Festival – featuring a series of concerts across the city, with visiting speakers and over a hundred performers, featuring both popular works and rarities, and finishing with a performance of the Second Piano Concerto.

Edward spent his gap year as Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, where he recorded sixteen discs of organ music on the Cathedral organ. In addition to his keyboard playing and conducting, Edward plays ‘cello, natural horn and sings.

Edward said of his appointment:

I am very excited to be the new Student President of CUMS, and to have the chance to bring together my experiences from various areas of the musical life in Cambridge, whether opera, the choral scene, orchestral playing, conducting, piano, historically-informed performance or concert/festival management. The coming year is a very important one for the Society, with the restructuring of its ensembles and various large concerts with prominent conductors, and it will be a thrilling time to be part of the running and growth of the Society. I look forward to being able to work with students, visiting musicians and Trustees alike, and – cello auditions permitting – to playing in some of the concerts!



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