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Faculty of Music

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Cambridge supports a uniquely rich musical environment, embracing College music groups, student societies, the Faculty of Music and the wider cultural life of the City of Cambridge, including a student-led live music scene and student-run radio show.

The Centre for Music Performance sits at the heart of this vibrant music scene, increasing connectivity, establishing new affiliations and networks within the university. It curates and promotes an inspiring and ambitious programme of concerts and events, spearheading initiatives and programmes to generate an environment in which innovative and specialist musical endeavours can flourish.

There is a range of professionally-led instrumental and choral ensembles including the Cambridge University Orchestra, Symphony Chorus, Collegium Musicum and New Music Group. Student-led ensembles include the Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Brass Ensemble and a range of music groups from Jazz, Opera, Hip-Hop, Rock as well as ensembles performing the music of ethnic cultures worldwide which include the Gamelan Orchestra and Chinese Orchestra. 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. In addition to the student societies and groups there are workshops and masterclasses for musicians, Conducting, Concerto and Composition Competitions, Choral Awards and an Instrumental Awards Scheme for Chamber music. For information on all these activities and societies please visit the Centre for Music Performance.

In addition to many professional concerts throughout the year, our associate ensembles perform regularly and also offer masterclasses and workshops for students.

For further information please contact the CMP team at