Interview: CUMSSO Social Secretary Jeremy Judge

January concert 2014 (c) Johannes Hjorth

Hello! I am Jeremy, I am a postgrad mathematician who wants to travel around the world teaching maths in crazy ways. Right now though I play horn in CUMSSO and try and make everyone be friends with everyone.

What does your role involve and how have you found being part of the committee?

I, along with my lovely colleagues Hannah and Alice, organise the socials for the orchestra. We drag everyone to restaurants and pubs, but, most importantly, we ensure that the whole orchestra get together after each concert and party till the early hours of the morning, celebrating making beautiful music. If you see an orchestra as a group of friends rather than merely strangers playing different instruments then you play so much better, listening and communicating well. So socials are musically important too!

What have been your musical highlights from this year’s concerts so far?

When Sophie Bevan soared across Kings Chapel in the few bars before Steal Away I think I almost went to heaven (and only just remembered to play in the right place in the following bars.) CUCO, CUMSSO and a handful of chapel choirs joining forces with great soloists to perform Tippett’s Child of our Time was a great experience for me, what a piece!

What does the rest of the 2013/14 season have in store for CUMSSO?

I cannot wait for this Saturday’s concert [Sibelius and Stravinsky with guest conductor Carlos Izcaray], for two reasons. Firstly, the music is great! From the lyrical Verdi to the mechanical precision of the Stravinsky, all the pieces are fun and interesting to play. Secondly, it is really special to be able to play in an orchestra led by Carlos, he seems to have a deep understanding of the music, and trying to bring to life his vision is a great challenge. Come hear us this weekend!

Every day from now until July also means one less day until TOUR, when the orchestra descends on Ghent. Tours are great chances to really produce polished performances, given how much practice you get at playing together. And, week-long parties are no bad thing either, just so long as the whole orchestra doesn’t get merry on local liqueurs an hour before the concert, which definitely did NOT happen with my previous orchestra.



Tickets for this Saturday‘s CUMS Symphony Orchestra concert can be booked online here. CUMSSO will also be performing a fantastic May Week programme on Saturday 14 June to round off the 2013-14 season in style. More information here.


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