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Ensembles and Societies

Within the Faculty of Music, performance opportunities range from the Collegium Musicum (a period-instrument ensemble) to the New Music Group and the gamelan orchestra. In addition to many professional concerts throughout the year, we host a number of associate ensembles which not only perform regularly but also offer masterclasses and workshops for students.

Instrumental music is well served: CUMS (Cambridge University Musical Society) provides performing opportunities for over 500 Cambridge Musicians every year and works with conductors of the calibre of Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Mark Elder, and Jac van Steen. It offers a rich musical experience through all its ensembles, and through other concerts and competitions. Many additional ensembles exist alongside these, some of them run by students.

At college level, much of the musical activity centres on choirs; these range from world-famous, quasi-professional ensembles directed by conductors with international reputations to less ambitious groups led by students.