The Cambridge University Musical Society Supporters’ Circle was formally relaunched as the Centre for Music Performance (CMP) Supporters’ Circle at a reception at St. John’s College Master’s Lodge on 7 March preceding a landmark performance of Bach’s St John Passion. 

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Deborah Prentice, chats with guests

Co-hosted by Simon Fairclough, CMP Director, and Heather Hancock, Master of St John’s College and Chair of the University Musical Society, the event was attended by CMP supporters and other well-wishers from Cambridge, London and beyond, and by the Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Prentice, Pro-Vice Chancellor for Education Professor Bhaskar Vira, Chair of the Centre for Music Performance Sonita Alleyne and other senior representatives of the University.  

Sonita Alleyne OBE, Chair of the Centre for Music Performance, with guests

Supporters’ Circle members provide crucial financial support, augmenting the CMP’s core funding from the University and enabling the Centre to offer students transformative educational and artistic opportunities which would not otherwise be possible. 

Members of the Supporters’ Circle enjoy a close relationship with the CMP with access to special events, regular e-newsletters with details of forthcoming events, priority booking for high-profile concerts, and public recognition of their support.  

Simon Fairclough, CMP Director, commented ‘We are hugely grateful to all those who are already supporting the Centre’s work so generously as members of the Supporters’ Circle. Their support is invaluable in enabling our most talented students to participate in projects aspiring to the highest levels of artistic ambition, and also in enabling the Centre to offer a broad and inclusive range of musical opportunities enabling everyone studying at Cambridge to make music a part of their lives if they wish to do so. We look forward to welcoming more supporters as time goes by.’ 

To find out more about supporting the work of the CMP, please read more on our website here 

A speech from Heather Hancock, Chair of the Cambridge University Musical Society