Musical Society (CUMS)

Musical Society (CUMS)

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Cambridge University Musical Society is one of the oldest and most distinguished university music societies in the world. It offers a world-class musical education for members of the University and local residents, nurturing the great musicians of the future and providing performing opportunities for over 500 Cambridge musicians every year.

Since it was founded in 1843, CUMS has provided unique and inspiring opportunities for successive generations of Cambridge musicians. Each year, 500 students — reading everything from Music and Maths to Medicine and Modern Languages — take part in up to 40 concerts, as conductors, instrumentalists, singers, and composers. CUMS offers these students opportunities to work with world-class conductors and soloists, tackle ambitious repertoire, and develop as musicians. The Society has immeasurably enriched the cultural life of the University and city, and, having launched many of the biggest careers in classical music, it has played a pivotal role in the musical world beyond.

CUMS receives no core funding from the University, and income from ticket sales does not meet the full cost of delivering a world-class musical education. Gifts from our generous donors play a vital role in helping to raise the £35,000 needed each year to sustain CUMS’ programme of ambitious projects, orchestral coaching from members of the major London orchestras, and the opportunity to work with professional conductors and soloists. All those who value Cambridge’s splendid musical heritage, and who want the University to provide opportunities for the finest young musicians of the twenty-first century, are invited to donate to CUMS.

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The Society continues to provide opportunities for the University’s finest student soloists and conductors by awarding conducting scholarships and concerto prizes, and it actively encourages new music by running a composition competition and premiering at least one new work each year. You can help contribute to these funds by making a recurring, or one-off gift online or to discuss other philanthropic opportunities, please contact Derek Wilson.

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Derek Wilson

Senior Associate Director — Sports, Clubs and Societies

+44 (0)1223 330015 or mobile: +44 (0)7710 376604


All gifts made through the website are treated as being made to the University of Cambridge with an expression of wishes that the funds be allocated to the registered University club or society which you have indicated as the desired recipient of your generous gift. Whilst the University retains the discretion to allocate the funds for a broader purpose, it fully intends to apply the funds in accordance with your wishes wherever possible. An expression of wishes shall not give rise to a trust or other legally-binding obligation. The University maintains a catalogue of Registered Clubs and Societies (including Sports Clubs). The University of Cambridge is an exempt charity subject to regulation by the Office for Students (OfS) under the Charities Act 2011, and therefore does not have a Charity registration number.

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From music to drama and dance — the performing arts have a long history at Cambridge and play an important role in enriching the lives of students and the wider University community.