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Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra (CUSO)

CUSO is Cambridge’s premier student-run symphony orchestra. Founded in 1990 to give the best student conductors a high-quality ensemble of student musicians (entry is by audition only), the orchestra has gone from strength to strength and earned itself a strong reputation in the competitive Cambridge environment. The orchestra is run entirely by a student committee drawn from the players.  Find out more about the Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra.

Cambridge University Opera Society (CUOS)

The Cambridge University Opera Society (CUOS) is one of the largest and most prestigious student opera groups in the UK, with a busy calendar of events taking place throughout the year. Every year CUOS stages a wide variety of operas in a number of different venues around Cambridge. It is the hard work of determined students that enable CUOS to thrive.

CUOS provides a platform for young performers, having nurtured the first collaborations of David Pountney and Mark Elder, and launched the careers of David Atherton, Michael Chance, Andrew Kennedy and Alan Clayton. A recent offshoot of the Society’s activities has been the development of education programmes (The Marriage of Figaro and Hansel and Gretel took opera into 19 local schools).  Find out more about the Cambridge University Opera Society.

Cambridge Gamelan

Cambridge Gamelan is an ensemble that plays traditional and contemporary Javanese gamelan music. It meets regularly at the Faculty of Music and gives performances in and around Cambridge. The Music Director is Robert Campion, a member of Southbank Gamelan Players, Ensemble-in-Residence at Southbank Centre, London.  Find out more about the Cambridge Gamelan.


One of the glories of Cambridge’s musical environment is the enormous wealth of societies catering for all levels and almost all musical tastes. Information can be found on the Cambridge University Students’ Union site.