Big music, big venues, big sound.


The Cambridge University Symphony Chorus is a large symphonic auditioned choir, which performs a wide range of large and exciting music, with a strong focus on major 19th- and 20th-century orchestral choral works.

Currently led by Richard Wilberforce, previous directors have included Sir Stephen Cleobury, Sir Philip Ledger, Sir David Willcocks, and Sir Charles Villiers Stanford, with Sir Roger Norrington and Edward Higginbottom as recent guest conductors. While maintaining strong links with the University, the Chorus’ membership comprises undergraduates, graduates, staff, and alumni of the University, as well as non-university Cambridge residents.  

Recent highlights include an acclaimed performance of Haydn’s The Creation, Verdi’s Messa da Requiem and an intimate rendering of Vaughan Williams’ Mass in G Minor. The Chorus have just returned from Paris, where they joined the Orchestre de Paris under Klaus Mäkelä for Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast with Sir Willard White. 

Want to know more? Read about the chorus, memberships or visit a rehearsal


CUSC seeks a new Musical Director

The Chorus seeks a new Musical Director to start in January 2024 following the appointment of previous conductor Richard Wilberforce as the choral director of the Orchestre de Paris. Further information can be found here:

2022/2023 Season Repertoire:

Michaelmas Term Handel Messiah in West Road Concert Hall
Lent Term Verdi Requiem in Ely Cathedral
Easter Term Mozart Requiem in Kings College Chapel

"The singing was beautifully in tune, tight, balanced, and impressively on the beat" - Tim Brown

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