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A vast number of student led-musical groups thrive across Cambridge.  Some of those focussed on classical music are listed below, and it’s also worth checking out opportunities on offer via your college music society.  If you run a student ensemble and would like us to list information about it here, please fill in this form.

Information about any opportunities listed on this website is provided for informational purposes only. The CMP does not endorse, and is not responsible for, any of the external opportunities listed. Any queries or concerns regarding any such opportunities should be directed to the provider of the opportunity in question. Persons engaging with external organisations do so at their own discretion and at their own risk.

Cambridge Graduate Orchestra

A fairly high standard but casual orchestra for graduate students at Orchestras. Wind/Brass are sometimes auditioned, strings are just expected to be of a high enough standard (a min of around grade 7). We rehearse once a week on Sunday, and perform at West Road each term. Website is here: Or the committee email is:

Cambridge University Ceilidh Band

The Cambridge University Ceilidh Band is a thriving non-audition society of energetic musicians brought together by our inexhaustible enthusiasm for folk music. While the society's origins are in folk tunes from the British Isles, our interests have expanded and we now perform a wider variety of folk music.

We are always available for ceilidhs, May Balls, weddings, birthday parties, or any other events which might benefit from our talent and energy. With a rotating lineup, we play at over 70 events a year, mainly around Cambridge. Since we are so active, we, and our associated callers, have a wealth of experience to offer in creating the perfect atmosphere for an fantastic evening's dancing, or perhaps simply livening up a social occasion. If this sounds interesting, we look forward to hearing from you!

On the other hand, if you like the idea of getting involved in the band and would be interested in joining us, then you are warmly encouraged to browse the information on the site, join our mailing list and come along to a rehearsal!


Cambridge University Sinfonia

Cambridge University Sinfonia is a high-quality symphony orchestra, drawn from top student instrumentalists in Cambridge. The Sinfonia rehearses once a week, on a Thursday, in a relaxed and sociable environment, and performs a wide range of repertoire under its student Conducting Scholar, Max Todes.  With each project, CUS members receive coaching from professional orchestral musicians and benefit from professional marketing and orchestral management.

This year’s highlights include Mozart’s Requiem in King’s College Chapel and Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, Sibelius’ Symphony No.1 and Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No.1.

See more information about CUS here.

If you are offered a place in Cambridge University Sinfonia you will need to become a member of the Cambridge University Musical Society. Membership rates are £20 per year for students.

Cambridge University Sinfonia is run with support from the Centre for Music Performance in partnership with the Cambridge University Musical Society

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO) is a friendly, high standard ensemble that performs a wide variety of pieces, including concert band standards, popular film music and orchestral transcriptions. CUWO enjoys diverse repertoire with fun, weekly rehearsals and termly concerts.

See more information about CUWO here.

If you are offered a place in Cambridge University Wind Orchestra you will need to become a member of the Cambridge University Musical Society. Membership rates are £20 per year for students.

Cambridge University Wind Orchestra is run with support from the Centre for Music Performance in partnership with the Cambridge University Musical Society

Cambridge University Opera Society (CUOS)

The Cambridge University Opera Society (CUOS) is one of the largest and most prestigious student opera groups in the UK, with a busy calendar of events taking place throughout the year. 

CUOS is run by a Junior Committee typically consisting of students of music as well as a variety of other subjects, aided by a Senior Committee of Fellows and academics. 

CUOS exists chiefly to facilitate student operatic productions in Cambridge. Every year CUOS stages a wide variety of operas in a number of different venues around Cambridge, putting on productions at least once a term.

See more information about CUOS here.

Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra (CUSO)

Cambride University Symphony Orchestra (CUSO) is a student-run symphony orchestra. It was created in 1990 to give students a chance to conduct a high quality orchestra, and to give players the opportunity to make good music in a friendly atmosphere. We like to think we achieve this, and have had some notable successes in the past few years, including our silver anniversary concert a few years ago, and a number of very successful tours.

Our repertoire mostly consists of various symphonic works, usually along with a shorter piece to round out the concert. We hold a concerto competition each year which provides the opportunity for students at the university to perform as soloists with the orchestra. Some concertos performed in recent years include Grieg's Piano Concerto and Chopin's Piano Concerto No. 2.

See more information about CUSO here.

Orchestra on the Hill
The Orchestra on the Hill is the combined orchestra of Cambridge's 'hill' colleges - Churchill, Fitzwilliam, Murray Edwards, Magdalene, Girton, Robinson, St Edmund’s and Lucy Cavendish colleges.
Student-run, the orchestra exists to promote good musicianship among members of Churchill, Fitzwilliam, Murray Edwards, Magdalene, Girton, Robinson, St Edmund’s and Lucy Cavendish Colleges and the wider University who are interested in performing orchestral music. We also aim to support the University’s core values by promoting the cultural life of the University in the wider academic and local community.
See more information about The Orchestra on the Hill here.


Trumpington Street Orchestra
The Trumpington Street Orchestra, is a casual, non-audition orchestra which was originally founded as the Downing, Pembroke, Peterhouse, and St Catharine's joint orchestra. TSO welcomes instrumentalists of all abilities, and aims to give everyone a chance at experiencing low-pressure orchestral playing.
This Michaelmas, our programme will include Vaughan Williams' English Folk Songs Suite, and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor's Hiawatha Overture. We are currently deciding the third piece.
Rehearsals for term-time concerts are Tuesdays 19:30-21:30, starting on the 11th of October, and these typically take place at Downing. The concert this term is on the evening of the Saturday 26th of November, Howard Theatre, Downing. 
If you are interested in applying to be part of the TSO, click here to sign up.
Cambridge University Brass Band (CUBB)

Cambridge University Brass Band are looking for new members to join our relaxed and friendly student run ensemble. There are no auditions and anyone studying in or around Cambridge is welcome.

Rehearsals are held every Thursday, 8-10pm, and we perform at least one concert each term, as well as smaller group events such as busking, Christmas dinners, and Oktoberfest.

For more information visit our website.

Magdalene Music Society Concert
The Magdalene Music Society is presenting a concert on Friday 17 February at 7.30pm at St Giles Church and seeks additional players. 
The repertoire is:
Samuel Barber - Violin Concerto (first movement) with soloist Priya Berks 
Chaminade - Flute Concertino with soloist Dani Walker
Hummel - Trumpet Concerto, third movement, with soloist Bethan Spragg
Dvorak - Symphony No.8
Rehearsals are planned for Friday 10 February (8pm - 10pm), Tuesday 14 February (7.20pm - 10.20pm), Thursday 16 February (7.20pm - 10.20pm) and a dress rehearsal on Friday 17 February (4pm - 6.30pm)
Contact conductor Tim Tian for more information: 
St Johns College Open Orchestra (SJCOO)
The St Johns College Open Orchestra (SJCOO) meets fortnightly on a Monday evening during term time. The orchestra is always happy to have more musicians who want to meet for relaxed and fun rehearsals, and sight read through some fun numbers from a wide variety of genres from classical to film. Brass and string players are particularly needed.
Open to all University members (Grade 4/5 minimum, no auditions required). Time and location to be confirmed upon registration.
Further details and to register or email the SJCOO Director, Daniel Livermore.