Conducting Scholarships

CUMS has two conducting scholarships that are offered to students each academic year. The CUMS Conducting Scholar conducts the Cambridge University Sinfonia (CUS) and is also offered the chance to assist some of the guest conductors of the Cambridge University Orchestra (CUO). Additionally, we have the Assistant Student Conductor position. This assistant has the privilege of conducting Cambridge University Wind Orchestra (CUWO) and they also prepare for and assist guest conductors for the Cambridge University Orchestra (CUO). CUMS contributes towards conducting lessons for both positions and also provides scores for their concerts.

Following the final of the CUMS Conducting Competition 2021 on Thursday 24 June, we are delighted to announce that the CUMS Conducting Scholar for 2021-22 is Jess Hoskins. We are also delighted to announce that Will Rose will be continuing this year as the Assistant Conductor.

We would like to extend our gratitude to Sian Edwards for judging our first round, and to Natalia Luis-Bassa for coming to Cambridge to judge our final round. Thank you also to our outgoing Conducting Scholar Tess Jackson for her help and dedication over the last two years. We wish her all the best in her next endeavours.

Applications for next years competition will open in Lent Term 2022. All details will be published on this page. 

Applicants must be in statu pupillari at Cambridge University at the time of the auditioning and for the duration of the scholarship. 

Previous CUMS Conducting Scholars

2020-21   Tess Jackson
2019-20   Tess Jackson
2018-19   Toby Hession
2017-18    Naomi Woo
2016-17    John Tothill
2015-16    Joel Sandelson
2014-15    Joel Sandelson
2013-14    Ben Glassberg
2012-13    William Cole
2011-12    Harry Ogg
2010-11    Harry Ogg