University of Cambridge
  • Info on Application
  • 3 Years
  • Undergraduate
  • Cambridgeshire

Over recent decades many of the most significant figures in British music have studied or taught at Cambridge: composers such as Judith Weir, Errollyn Wallen, Thomas Adès and Academy Award-winning film composer, Steven Price; performers like Joanna MacGregor and Mark Padmore; conductors including John Eliot Gardiner and Nicholas Collon; writers and broadcasters, including Sara Mohr-Pietsch (Radio 3) and crossover artists such as Delia Derbyshire and Clean Bandit.

Our undergraduate course has a strong academic component, particularly focusing on history, analysis, composition (including screen and media composition) and performance, but also offering a range of other topics (see the course outline).

Facilities and resources
As well as providing a location for lectures, seminars and research activities, the modern Faculty building also houses:

a professional concert hall (seating 500)
an extensive library of music, books, periodicals and recordings
a purpose-built studio
music computing laboratories
Students can borrow period instruments and make use of the Faculty’s Javanese gamelan. The Faculty organises a weekly Composers’ Workshop, and regular Practising Performance Masterclasses that are open to all students.

In addition, the Faculty hosts several resident ensembles (the New Music Ensemble, Collegium Musicum, Britten Sinfonia, The Academy of Ancient Music, and VOCES8), which perform regularly and offer masterclasses, coaching and further composition workshops for students.

These facilities and resources are complemented by the University Library and by the libraries, practice rooms and computer suites available in Colleges. College funds are available for instrumental or vocal lessons for those taking a performance course – support varies between Colleges so request details from individual Colleges.

University of Cambridge

University of Cambridge,

The Old Schools,

Trinity Lane,


CB2 1TN,

Tel: 01223 337 733