Centre for
Music Performance


Music unites us. It has the power to inspire, comfort and transcend the every day. It provides a window into other cultures, and an outlet for self-expression.

It is life-affirming.

Music has long been integral to Cambridge.

Many celebrated composers, performers and conductors have honed their craft here and Collegiate University music groups and societies have found international acclaim – reaching and touching audiences around the world. Yet the COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on the performing arts and highlighted the urgent need for greater investment in the sector.

The time is ripe for those who value the arts to show their support – and the Centre for Music Performance underlines the University of Cambridge's commitment to the advancement of musical performance. The Centre aims to increase the visibility, scale, ambition and reach of musical performance at Cambridge, positioning it among the very best centres of musical performance internationally.

Centre for Music Performance

The Centre for Music Performance, led by its Director of Music Performance, Simon Fairclough, is working to reinvigorate and broaden the musical offer at Cambridge.

Its mission: to support music performance at all levels, in all genres, and for students of all subjects, placing musical engagement at the heart of the higher education experience that makes Cambridge unique.

Its vision: to create a dynamic and inclusive crucible for music performance, which contributes to the wellbeing of students and, through nurturing musical excellence, enriches society at large.

  • The Centre offers an unprecedented array of new opportunities for students to engage in music making of all styles and standards, from complete beginner to the very highest levels of excellence.
  • Its programmes are designed to ensure music at Cambridge is inclusive and reaches across subjects and Colleges. The Centre engages strategically and practically with the Faculty of Music and the College music performance network.
  • The Centre works with schools in an outreach capacity to bring music-making to prospective students from all backgrounds so that Cambridge is the University of choice for a diverse range of aspiring musicians.

By supporting a broad range of musical genres, and creating an environment in which innovative musical endeavours can gain traction, the Centre aims to enrich the musical life of the Cambridge community and beyond, and reinforce the University’s reputation as a seedbed for generations of prominent professional performers.

"At a time of unprecedented stress for the performing arts, I am proud that Cambridge has created a Centre for Music Performance. A step-change in the visibility, breadth, reach and role of music performance, it will nurture the highest aspirations of the very best performers, besides offering a wonderful array of opportunities to those with previously limited experience. In the long run, the Centre will be a stimulus for interdisciplinarity, excellence and all-round personal development."

Professor Stephen Toope, Vice-Chancellor

decorative

Support us

By supporting the Centre for Music Performance, you will help us to provide exceptional artistic and educational activities at Cambridge that would not otherwise be possible.

decorative

Join the Supporters' Circle

Supporting exceptional artistic and educational activities at Cambridge that would not otherwise be possible.

decorative

Support an event

Help provide an unforgettable evening for everyone who loves music and is connected with Cambridge.

decorative

Support the Symphony Chorus

Help to ensure that this large symphonic choir continues to provide world-class musical performances.

Contact

To find out more about how you can support music performance at Cambridge, please contact:

Derek Wilson, Senior Associate Director, Sports, Clubs & Societies
Email: derek.wilson@admin.cam.ac.uk
Phone: +44 (0)1223 330015

"Acting as assistant conductor to Jac Van Steen for Verdi's monumental Requiem was extremely rewarding. After the concert, the whole orchestra and choir were reeling with excitement — I think we all wanted to repeat the experience right away!"

Naomi Woo, Musical Society Conducting Scholar 2017–18

decorative
Item 1 of 2

Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra, April 2020, performing Knower's 'Gotta Be Another Way' (arranged, mixed and directed by James Cozens).

Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra, April 2020, performing Knower's 'Gotta Be Another Way' (arranged, mixed and directed by James Cozens).

Tess Jackson, CUMS Conducting Scholar 2019-20, conducting Cambridge University Orchestra

Tess Jackson, CUMS Conducting Scholar 2019-20, conducting Cambridge University Orchestra

Item 1 of 3
The Choir of King's College, Cambridge

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge

The Choir of King's College, Cambridge

Arc Quartet, Instrumental Awards Scheme for Chamber Music

Arc Quartet, Instrumental Awards Scheme for Chamber Music

Arc Quartet, Instrumental Awards Scheme for Chamber Music

Sir Mark Elder conducting Cambridge University Orchestra

Sir Mark Elder conducting Cambridge University Orchestra

Sir Mark Elder conducting Cambridge University Orchestra

Image credits

  • Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra, photographer Hideaway Streatham.
  • Cambridge University Chamber Choir, photographer Emma Warner.
  • Naomi Woo and Stephanie Childress, photographer Tom Porteous.
  • Arc Quartet, Instrumental Awards Scheme for Chamber Music, photographer Nick Rutter.
  • Sir Mark Elder conducting Cambridge University Orchestra, photographer Tristan Selden.
  • Images of Sir Mark Elder and The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, reproduced with kind permission from the Provost and scholars of King’s College, Cambridge.