About Us

The Cambridge Concert Orchestra has been making music, and making it fun, since 1967. We have a reputation for being one of the friendliest orchestras in Cambridge and enjoy playing a wide repertoire of music.

The orchestra is very privileged in having its own extensive library of sheet music, much of it donated to the orchestra by Charles Shadwell (formerly of the BBC Variety Orchestra). We are also proud to have commissioned new pieces by contemporary composers. This means that every concert is different and there is always something for everyone. While the orchestra’s emphasis is on enjoyment, our concerts also serve to raise money for local, national and international charities. Please contact us if you think that the orchestra could collaborate with you for a fundraising event.

As well as performing in large venues (e.g. West Road Concert Hall in Cambridge or The Apex in Bury St Edmunds), we really enjoy taking our music directly into the community by playing to smaller audiences in churches, community centres, fêtes etc. in and around Cambridge, as it is important to us that as many people as possible have the opportunity to hear live music.

In past concerts we have performed music from a wide range of genres including (with examples):

  • light music (Anderson, Binge, Coates)
  • popular classical (Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Tchaikovsky)
  • film scores (Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, Mission Impossible)
  • TV and radio themes (Blackadder, Blue Peter, Desert Island Discs)
  • selections from shows (Bernstein, Rodgers, Loewe)
  • recent and contemporary music (George Gershwin, Malcolm Arnold, Laura Rossi)

Guest soloists have performed in our concerts over the years, including the opera singer Ian Wallace, for many years the orchestra’s President.


About our Musical Director

The Cambridge Concert Orchestra has been fortunate in having Suzanne Dexter-Mills as Musical Director since 2002. Suzanne lives and teaches in Suffolk, where she directs ensembles in schools and for the Suffolk County Music Service. Suzanne was formerly conductor of the Suffolk Concert Band and the South Suffolk Youth Orchestra and regularly coaches the woodwind section of the National Children’s Orchestra. In addition, she finds time to play as Principal Clarinettist in the Wolsey Orchestra, the Churchgate Sinfonia and the Churchgate Wind Octet.