Instrument Hire

Please note that instrument hire from CUMS will not be available until at least 13 June 2020, owing to the closure of West Road Concert Hall in light of the evolving health situation.

The TIMPANI system for hiring CUMS instruments is located here (offsite).

For urgent issues with the CUMS Percussion, please contact Phil Howie, CUMS Instrument Manager on 07790 682675.
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Instruments may be collected and returned when the building is open, usually 0900-1700 Mon-Fri excluding public holidays.

From 1 August to 14 September we have an altered access system for hired instruments. Please contact us by phone at 01223 335180 or email well in advance to arrange collection and return.

Access at other times may be possible if there is an event taking place, but please call 01223 335180 to check this in advance with the Custodians. (Please also be prepared to wait when you get here until there is a suitable break in the proceedings to prevent any awkward clashes in the foyer!)

Access is not possible from 0930-1300 on Sundays.

Please ensure that instruments are returned to the correct place in the cupboard after the concert. There is a diagram on the inside door of the cupboard which shows where each item belongs. Thank you.


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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