Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra (CUSO)

CUSO is Cambridge’s premier student-run, high-level symphony orchestra made up of University of Cambridge students from all colleges and subjects. CUSO was founded in 1991 and the orchestra has gone from strength to strength and earned itself a strong reputation in the competitive Cambridge environment.

The players of CUSO enjoy a wide range of organised and informal social events, including formals, post-concert parties and trips to the pub after rehearsals. CUSO’s high-quality, committed music-making is fostered by a friendly atmosphere rather than a stressful one! CUSO meets once a week at the Faculty of Music on a Monday from 7:20pm until 10:20pm to rehearse for very popular and successful concerts at the end of each term.

2022-23 highlights included concerts of Dvorak’s New World Symphony and Beethoven’s 8th Symphony. We are a very friendly and exciting ensemble to be a part of, and with our wonderful conductors, committee and players all being students, we have full choice over repertoire and how we want to run! We believe this makes us unique amongst other ensembles and allows every member to feel valued and engaged in the orchestra, which is strengthened by our regular socials and strong community feeling.

Audition applications should be received by 5 October, 12 noon. 

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Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra is a student-run ensemble supported by the Centre for Music Performance.