Cambridge Independent review of CCSO’s October concert

“This season’s concert schedule could not have had a more auspicious start. The CCSO’s first-rate performances consistently deliver on their imaginative programmes.”

Read Cambridge Independent’s review of our first concert of the 2018/19 season.

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2018/19 season announced

Welcome to the City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-19 season. Once again we are offering six concerts containing a mix of well-loved favourites and lesser-known repertoire deserving further exposure.

Some concerts have connections to particular themes, for example, all four works in Concert 2 evoke the sounds and emotions of the sea, Concert 3 is an all-English programme while Concert 6 is all-American. Most adventurous is Concert 5, which comprises a single work: Mahler’s Symphony No. 3, a monumental masterpiece reflecting on elements of creation that will challenge the orchestra and audience alike.

Full details available in the 2018-19 brochure.

Cambridge Independent: “No one wanted it to end”

Saturday night’s thoroughly enjoyable concert revealed only a fraction of the ever-expanding industry that continues to enrich our musical legacy, and the CCSO’s performance did that legacy proud.

Read Cambridge Independent’s review of last Saturday’s Movies concerts.

Behind the Scenes: Full interview with Jan Hendrickse

If you have sometimes wondered how film music is created, rehearsed and recorded, now is your chance to learn. The CCSO has conducted an exclusive interview with the remarkable flute player, composer and improviser, Jan Hendrickse (JH). Jan has provided music for the Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, Chocolat, The Passion of Christ, Apocalypto, Beloved, Narnia and many other films besides. Continue reading “Behind the Scenes: Full interview with Jan Hendrickse”

Young Conductor Competition 2017/18


The City of Cambridge Symphony Orchestra (CCSO) performs six concerts a year in Cambridge’s leading concert hall, the West Road University Concert Hall, under the baton of its Musical Director, Robert Hodge. The orchestra has always worked with young soloists at the start of their careers and has recently made a commitment to include partnerships with young composers and conductors as well.

The first CCSO Young Conductors’ Competition took place in 2015/16. The winner of the first CCSO Young Conductors’ Competition was Sean Dunn, who was guided through the rehearsal process by Robert Hodge before conducting the Academic Festival Overture by Brahms in the autumn of 2016.

In 2017 we held our second competition. The winner, Tess Jackson, conducted a performance of Weber’s Euryanthe Overture in the orchestra’s 5th concert of the season in May 2018.