Cambridge University Symphony Chorus (CUSC) is a busy and vibrant choir of approximately 120 members that gives singers the fantastic opportunity to perform some of the most dramatic and passionate choral music ever written with a focus on repertoire which is rarely performed by the college choirs. CUSC is made up of undergraduate and postgraduate students, staff, alumni, and members of the wider Cambridge community.

The Chorus’ plans for 2023-24 include Mendelssohn’s Elijah at West Road Concert Hall and a performance of Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius at Ely Cathedral followed by a performance and recording of the same work with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra and conductor Nicholas Collon in Helsinki.

CUSC’s 2022–23 highlights included performances and a broadcast of Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with the Orchestre de Paris, baritone Sir Willard White and conductor Klaus Mäkelä:

If you join Cambridge University Symphony Chorus you will need to become a member of the Cambridge University Musical Society. Membership rates are £20 per year for students and £150 per year for non-students.

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Cambridge University Symphony Chorus is a Centre for Music Performance ensemble run in partnership with the Cambridge University Musical Society.

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About CUSC

Cambridge University Symphony Chorus (CUSC) is a truly flourishing choir, delivering exceptional performances of choral classicsThe Chorus normally rehearses and performs with its Musical Director and a guest conductor is often invited for one concert each year. The Chorus also enjoys trips and performances abroad for example Florence, Prague, Tallinn, Rome, Lisbon and, most recently, Paris. If you’re passionate about singing and looking for the chance to perform some of the grandest vocal repertory, CU Symphony Chorus is the place for you.

Nothing quite compares to singing large-scale symphonic choral repertoire with a hundred others, and if you don’t believe us, why not dust off your vocal chords and give it a try! If you’d like more information, email

CUSC rehearses weekly on Thursday nights from 7.30–9.45pm during the university term at St Giles’ Church on Castle Street.


Entry to CUSC is by a friendly audition. All members of CUSC need to attend an informal audition every 3 years. Auditions are held at the beginning of each academic term (October, January, April) with the CUSC Musical Director. Occasionally, extra auditions are available at other times.

The audition form for Lent term is now available and should be returned by 25 January 2024. Auditions will take place before the Thursday evening rehearsals on 18 and 25 January.

Full information and to apply

Auditions consist of:

  • Auditions will take 10 minutes.
  • You will be asked to perform your voice part for ‘Requiem Aeternum’ from ‘Libera Me’ (No.7) from Verdi’s Messa da Requiem [bb.132–170 in Peters edition available at imslp].
  • You will be asked to perform some sight-reading.
  • You will be given some ear tests and vocal exercises.
  • You may be asked questions about your experience.

If you have any questions please email

Recent highlights and soloists

Watch us in action:

We recently performed Walton‘s Belshazzar’s Feast at the Philharmonie de Paris with the Orchestre de ParisChoeur de l’Orchestre de Paris and Sir Willard White, under the baton of Klaus Mäkelä.

You can watch a recording on the Philharmonie’s website until 30 November 2023:


Ella Taylor soprano, Felicity Buckland mezzo, Monwabisi Lindi tenor, Dan D’Souza baritone, Max Wickham treble
Sophie Bevan MBE soprano, Kate Symonds-Joy mezzo, Andrew Tortise tenor, Ashley Riches bass-baritone
Sir Willard White bass-baritone
Philippa Boyle soprano, Jess Dandy contralto, Peter Auty tenor, Mark Stone bass
Hilary Cronin soprano, Rebecca Leggett mezzo-soprano, James Robinson tenor, Christopher Webb bass-baritone
Dima Bawab soprano, Thomas Elwin tenor, George Humphreys bass


November 2023: Mendelssohn Elijah | West Road Concert Hall | East Anglia Chamber Orchestra | Ella Taylor, Felicity Buckland, Monwabisi Lindi, Dan D’Souza, Max Wickham | conducted by David Young

June 2023: Mozart Requiem | King’s College Chapel | Cambridge University May Week Sinfonia | Sophie Bevan MBE, Kate Symonds-Joy, Andrew Tortise, Ashley Riches | conducted by Richard Wilberforce

May 2023: Walton Belshazzar’s Feast | Philharmonie de Paris | Orchestre de Paris, Choeur de l’Orchestre de Paris | Sir Willard White | conducted by Klaus Mäkelä

March 2023: Verdi Messa da Requiem | Ely Cathedral | East Anglia Chamber Orchestra | Philippa Boyle, Jess Dandy, Peter Auty, Mark Stone | conducted by Richard Wilberforce

November 2022: Handel Messiah | West Road Concert Hall | CU Collegium Musicum | Hilary Cronin, Rebecca Leggett, James Robinson, Christopher Webb | conducted by Richard Wilberforce, led by Maggie Faultless

June 2022: Haydn The Creation (sung in German) | King’s College Chapel | Dima Bawab, Thomas Elwin, George Humphreys | conducted by Richard Wilberforce

November 2019: Elgar The Kingdom | Ely Cathedral | Leeds Philharmonic Choir, Faust Chamber Orchestra | conducted by David Hill

December 2019: Tour to Aachen for a joint concert of a cappella music with our fellow choir Cappella Aquensis


CUSC has a committee who run the ensemble’s rehearsals, concerts and social events. They are supported by a team of industry professionals at the Centre for Music Performance. If you would like to get in touch or have a suggestion, please contact the CUSC President, Alan Woodward.

Musical Director TBC Email:
President Alan Woodward Email:
Student President Liam Self Email:
Chorus Manager
Concert Manager
Stage Manager
Lizzie Hale Email:
Membership Liaison
Mez Dubois-van Slageren Email:
Online Video and Streaming
Chris Ford Email:
Librarian Flora Collingwood Email:
Social Secretary
Tour Organiser
Lea White Email:
Rehearsal Manager
Coaching Manager
Kingsley Reavell Email:
Development Officer
Online Video and Streaming
Info Manager
Liesbeth Blom Email:
Webmaster Bob DeWolf Email:
Social Media Stephen Rouse Email:
Publicity Officer Emily McCarthy Email:
Folder Organiser Stephen Sharp

Fran James

Fundraising TBC Email:
Programming Officer TBC