Performance plays a central role in Cambridge; in fact, Music students can study performance in all three years of the Music Tripos, and at postgraduate level. Tuition in the principal instrument (including voice) is normally arranged through students’ individual colleges; however, Margaret Faultless, the Music Faculty’s Director of Performance Studies, also arranges master classes and workshops, and students are encouraged to take part in ensembles and other performance activities within the University, Faculty, Colleges and/or the wider community.
In the first year, all students have the option of giving a recital (but, as with assessed performance at other levels, this is not obligatory). In the second year, we run a course on Performance Studies. This allows students to focus on historical performance, analysis and performance, and the psychology of performance. The course aims to give students a broader awareness of the multi-faceted components of the performer’s art and the wide range of issues underpinning it. Students taking this course can choose to perform a recital or write an assessed essay. In the third year, you can opt to give a full recital. Financial support for vocal / instrumental lessons increases from roughly six hours of tuition in the first year to ten hours in the final year; this is equivalent to £700 for finalists.