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Collegium Musicum

Patrons: Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Sir Roger Norrington
Artistic Director: Margaret Faultless
Associate Director: Martin Ennis
Student President: Luke Fitzgerald

The Cambridge University Collegium Musicum is a vibrant ensemble that invites students to experience historical performance, giving them the rare opportunity to perform on period instruments and learn historical performance techniques.

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The ensemble was launched in 2006, when the Faculty of Music commissioned copies of baroque instruments from leading makers in this country and abroad with a vision to ignite a passion for early music in the next generations of musicians and thinkers. These instruments are made available to interested students, who then receive coaching in historical performance techniques and perform regularly under the direction of Margaret Faultless, an internationally-renowned Baroque violinist, and head of Historical Performance at the Royal Academy of Music.

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Collegium Musicum aims to push the boundaries of performance expectations, giving daring and energetic performances in some of Cambridge’s best performance spaces. Recent projects have included a semi-staged performance of Handel's Acis and Galatea, John Blow's Venus and Adonis and a complete Brandenburg Concerto Cycle in the Round Church, a conductor-less performance of Bach’s St John Passion with Nicholas Mulroy and the University Chamber Choir in St John’s College Chapel and Girton College Hall, and a performance of Bach’s Christmas Oratorio in King’s College Chapel. The group also regularly collaborates with other professional groups and musicians, including His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts and an annual side-by-side workshop with the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Richard Egarr.

Our 2019–2020 season began with a concert of Baroque Suites on 13 November in Senate House. We are very grateful to the University of Cambridge for allowing us to perform in this historic building. In this concert, CUCM were joined by CUMS Concerto Competition prize-winner, Sophie Westbrooke, played Vivaldi Recorder Concerto in C major.

In February we returned to St John's Divinity School for our popular annual performance in the Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert Series.

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