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Easter Term 2017

Come & Sing: WA Mozart - Requiem

10:30am, Saturday 22nd April 2017


After last year’s successful St John Passion CU Symphony Chorus invites you to join us in a Choral Discovery Day based on Mozart’s Requiem on Saturday 22nd April at Emmanuel United Reformed Church in Central Cambridge.
Not keen on singing? Come and listen!

£20 (£15 CUMS members), £10 students, £5 audience

Join members of CU Symphony Chorus and conductor Mark Austin to spend a rewarding day working on Mozart’s sublime Requiem. The day offers a chance to improve your choral singing while exploring the extraordinary story behind this music, probably the most performed unfinished work ever.

Mozart’s pupil Sussmayr completed the score after Mozart’s death, allowing the Requiem to become one of the best-known choral works across Europe. Alongside rehearsal of Mozart’s Requiem we will sing and compare Sussmayr’s and Mozart’s settings of ‘Ave verum corpus’ side-by-side. This rare opportunity gives a fascinating insight into Mozart’s genius and Sussmayr’s attempt to match it.

Rising star conductor Mark Austin is Artistic Director of Faust Chamber Orchestra, with whom he performs regularly in venues including Kings Place and LSO St Luke’s. He works regularly with The Bach Choir and in the opera pit, and was awarded an International Opera Awards Bursary in 2017.

“Austin introduced the piece from the podium, and his affection for it was evident in the eloquent intensity of his conducting” (The Guardian)

The Bärenreiter edition will be available on the day. It is important that everyone uses this score. Please add it to the cart if you need one (included in the price).

CU Symphony Chorus: Come & Sing
Voice Part:
Music hire – yes or no?

And for those who are curious about the day, here is a timetable:

10.30                   Arrival, registration, tea and coffee
11.00                   Warm-up
11.15 – 12.45       Rehearsal
12.45 – 13.45      Lunch 
(bring your own or in town)
13.45 – 15.45      Rehearsal
15.45 – 16.15      Break (tea and coffee refreshments)
16.15 – 17.15      Performance

For further information, please contact Penny –

Emmanuel United Reformed Church: Trumpington St, Cambridge CB2 1RR


Lunchtime Concert: Salieri's Prima la musica e poi le parole

1:10am, Tuesday 2nd May 2017
Edward Reeve

Edward Reeve

Tuesday 2 May
West Road Concert Hall

Salieri Prima la musica e poi le parole
(opera in one act, concert performance)

The Empyrean Ensemble
Edward Reeve director

Free admission, with a retiring collection


Lunchtime Concert: Leo Popplewell & Stephanie Childress

1:10pm, Tuesday 9th May 2017
Leo Popplewell

Leo Popplewell

Stephanie Childress








Tuesday 9 May
West Road Concert Hall

This year’s lunchtime concert series draws to a close with recitals from two outstanding young musicians: 2016 CUMS Concerto Competition Prize-Winners, Leo Popplewell (cello) and Stephanie Childress (violin). Free entry, with a retiring collection.


Beethoven: Pastoral Symphony

8:00pm, Saturday 13th May 2017

Thomas Gould

Thomas Gould

Saturday 13 May
West Road Concert Hall

Joy Lisney Thread of the Infinite (World Première)
Tippett Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli
Beethoven Symphony No.6, ‘The Pastoral’

Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Gould violin/director

For their final concert of the 2016-17 Season, CUCO are joined by guest leader Thomas Gould, who will direct the orchestra from the violin. Gould is one of the most exciting British violinists of the younger generation, described as an artist who “refuses to be defined by a single genre” (The Guardian). He is the leader of Britten Sinfonia, a pioneering unconducted ensemble.

A balance between old and new lies at the heart of this programme. The concert opens with the world première of Thread of the Infinite by Joy Lisney (CUMS Composer in Residence 2016-17). This is followed by Tippett’s Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli, a modern chamber work for strings which draws upon Baroque Concerto Grosso structures. The wind and brass will then rejoin the orchestra to perform Beethoven’s ‘Pastoral’ Symphony, a vivid and groundbreaking celebration of the great outdoors.

Tickets: £20, £14, £10
Concessions: £18, £12, £8
Students: £5
Book your tickets online here


CUMS Concert Orchestra and Cambridge University Wind Orchestra

8:00pm, Thursday 18th May 2017
Toby Hession

Toby Hession

Jack Bazalgette

Jack Bazalgette











Thursday 18 May
West Road Concert Hall

Adam Gorb Yiddish Dances
Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
Ravel Pavane pour une infante défunte
Sibelius Karelia Suite

CUMS Concert Orchestra
Cambridge University Wind Orchestra
Jack Bazalgette, Toby Hession conductors

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra and CUMS Concert Orchestra join forces for their final concert of the 2016-17 season.

Tickets: £10
Concessions: £8
Students: £3
Book your tickets online here


Sir Roger Norrington conducts Bach's Mass in B minor

8:00pm, Saturday 17th June 2017
Sir Roger Norrington

Sir Roger Norrington

Saturday 17 June
King’s College Chapel

J.S. Bach Mass in B minor

CUMS Symphony Orchestra
CUMS Symphony Chorus

Sir Roger Norrington conductor
Elin Manahan Thomas soprano
Ciara Hendrick mezzo
Nicholas Scott tenor
Tristan Hambleton bass
Joseph Fort chorus master

Tickets: £35, £30, £20, £10, £6
Students £31, £26, £16, £6, £3 or £5 on the door, subject to availability

Book your tickets online here

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
Principal Guest Conductor Cambridge University Chamber Orchestra
Peter Stark
Director CU Chamber Choir
Martin Ennis