Cambridge University Sinfonia is a high-quality symphony orchestra, drawn from top student instrumentalists in Cambridge. The Sinfonia rehearses once a week, on a Thursday, in a relaxed and sociable environment, and performs a wide range of repertoire under its student Conducting Scholar.  With each project, CUS members receive coaching from professional orchestral musicians and benefit from professional marketing and orchestral management.

Cambridge University Sinfonia perform three concerts per year: one in Michaelmas term, one in Lent term and one in Easter term at the end of the year. CUS have also enjoyed highly successful joint tours with CUO over previous years, most recently travelling to Krakow, Poland in July 2019.

For more information about the Sinfonia please contact Jess Hoskins. 



President: Alma Vink

Treasurer: Daniel Livermore

Librarian: Daniel Livermore

Social Secretaries: Emma Scott, Emily Bretz and Emma Paterson

Welfare Officers: Saul Packer and Emma Scott

Stage Manager: Stephanie Cho

Publicity: Camille Saunders

Recent soloists and coaches


Peter Donohoe, piano; Oliver Coates, cello; Kristine Balanas, violin; Sergey Levitin, violin; Virginie Robilliard violin; Fiachra Garvey, piano

Charles Mutter, leader of the BBC Concert Orchestra
Simon Channing, head of woodwind at Royal College of Music
David McCallum, trumpeter in BBC Concert Orchestra
Keith Bragg, head of woodwind at Royal Academy of Music


We are very pleased to announce that we will be performing concerts this year. See below for this year’s programme, including past events. 


Michaelmas 2021 Programme


Friday 3 December, 7:30pm



Eleanor Alberga Overture: ‘Jupiter’s Fairground’

Gershwin arr. Farrington ‘I Got Rhythm’ Variations

Mendelssohn Symphony No.3, ‘Scottish’

Jess Hoskins conductor

William Hu piano


Lent 2022 Programme


Saturday 12 March, 7:30pm




Apostolis Koutsogiannis Healing (world premiere)

Ravel Piano Concerto in G major

Price Symphony No.1 in E minor

 Jess Hoskins conductor

 Ellis Thomas piano


 Tickets: £18, £14, £10; Concessions: £16, £12, £8; Students and under-18s: £5

 Tickets available here.



Under the esteemed direction of Toby Hession and featuring soloist Jacqui Martens (violin) Cambridge University Orchestra presented the following programme:

Lutosławski – Little Suite
Mozart – Violin Concerto No.5
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No.6

In the following venues:

Thursday 25 July, 7pm
St Catherine’s Church, Kraków

Friday 26 July, 7pm
Sacred heart of Jesus Church, Kęty

Saturday 27 July, 4pm
The Amphitheatre, Rabka

Tour 2016: The Rhineland
In July 2016, CUMS Symphony Orchestra set off for Germany, where they gave three outstanding concerts under the baton of Joel Sandelson. The orchestra performed an all-Russian programme including Tchaikovsky’s The Tempest and Rachmaninov’s Symphony No.2 to large audiences in Cologne, Andernach and Bonn. Performing in the impressive Bonn University Hall was a particular highlight. Outside of the busy concert schedule, there was time for a number of leisure activities: climbing up Cologne Cathedral, watching the famous Andernach cold water geyser, visiting Beethoven’s birthplace in Bonn and, of course, sampling the German beer!

Helen McKeown, Tour Manager 2016

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Tour 2015: Amsterdam
CUMS SO spent five days in Amsterdam, where they performed Elgar’s ‘In the South’ and Tchaikovsky’s Sixth Symphony, conducted by Joel Sandelson. One of the concerts was broadcast live on local television.

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Tour 2014: Ghent
CUMS SO performed Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Elgar’s Enigma Variations and Ginastera’s Estancia Suite in Ghent, as part of the Gentse Feesten.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I perform with Cambridge University Sinfonia?
If you wish to be considered for a place in CUS, you must audition. CUMS Auditions take place at the start of each academic year, during Freshers’ Week. All members of the previous year’s orchestra must re-audition along with the new players. For more information about auditions, including how to sign up, please see here.

How are CUS places allocated?

Following your CUMS audition, if successful, you will most likely be offered one or both of the following options:
1. A place in all CUS concerts for the year (December 2019, March 2020, May 2020).
2. Some members will be given the chance to play along side members of CUO and CUWO in the big concert in January 2020 in King’s College Chapel.

Please note that there may be exceptions to thiss for some instruments, depending on orchestration. Your concert commitments for the year will be made very clear following your audition.