Donations and the Supporters Circle

Giving to CUMS

We are extremely grateful, particularly at this time of uncertainty for everybody, for any support you can offer the Cambridge University Musical Society. Details are available in full below about joining our Supporters’ Circle, and how your support can help CUMS. Additionally, we are pleased to announce that we can now accept gifts directly through the ‘Dear World…Yours, Cambridge.’ Campaign. This can be either a recurring, or one-off gift, which we receive in full.


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Join the CUMS Supporters’ Circle

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. The Supporters’ Circle plays 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 join the CUMS Supporters’ Circle. As well as helping us to fulfil our ambitions, members of the Supporters’ Circle enjoy exclusive benefits, including priority booking, drinks receptions and the opportunity to sit in on rehearsals.

There are six levels of donation:

Donor: £100-£249 per annum

Donors enjoy

  • contributing membership of the Society, entitling them to priority booking for performances
    the opportunity to buy a full season ticket
  • acknowledgement in CUMS concert programmes and on the website
  • an invitation to a drinks reception each term at West Road
  • regular updates on key CUMS projects and events

Benefactor: £250-£499 per annum

Principal Benefactor: £500-£999 per annum

  • All of the above plus opportunities to sit in on selected rehearsals

The Stanford Circle: £1,000-£2,499 per annum

  • All of the above plus the opportunity to be recognised as the supporter of a specific activity each season.

The Vaughan Williams Circle: £2,500-£9,999

The Britten Circle: £10,000+


Become a member

To become a Member of the CUMS Supporters‘  Circle, please complete a membership form and return it to the address shown thereon.

If you pay UK or Capital Gains Tax, CUMS  is able to boost your donation by 25 pence per pound through Gift Aid.

In helping us reach our targets, you will become part of an extraordinary musical tradition.

Thank you.