One of the outstanding features of Cambridge is the richness and diversity of its music-making at all levels. We host three world-class resident ensembles: The Endellion String Quartet, the Britten Sinfonia, and the Academy of Ancient Music. Not only do they perform regularly in the Faculty; they also offer masterclasses and composition workshops for students. Within the Faculty, performance opportunities range from the Cambridge University New Music Ensemble to the Collegium Musicum (our period-instrument ensemble). The span of activities is extremely rich and stimulating. In January 2014, for example, members of the Collegium worked alongside the Academy of Ancient Music (AAM) under their Music Director Richard Egarr, exploring Handel’s concerti grossi.
At College level, much of the musical activity centres on the Chapel choirs, many of which record and broadcast on a regular basis. Instrumental Music is also well served. CUMS (Cambridge University Musical Society) has recently worked with conductors of the calibre of Sir Roger Norrington and Sir Mark Elder. We also support an Instrumental Awards Scheme, which exists to enable gifted players to reach a high standard of performance in chamber music; students in the scheme are coached throughout the year by some of the very best chamber musicians including James Boyd, Celia Nicklin, Andrew West, and members of The Endellion String Quartet. Most of all, it is the sheer wealth of student-led music-making that makes Cambridge so special. There are more than 30 university music societies to join!