CUCOS 10th Anniversary Concert: An Ode to the Mountains 山水吟


For the 10th anniversary of the Cambridge University Chinese Orchestra Society, we are back with our annual concert, An Ode to the Mountains. This year, we have brought together Western and Chinese instruments to feature in the same piece, for a brand new interpretation to a classical Chinese piece. Our repertoire includes:

* Spring Festival Overture (春节序曲)
* Yellow River Piano Concerto (黄河钢琴协奏曲)
* Harvest Festival (丰年祭)
* Amis’ Dance (阿美族舞曲)
* The Great Wall Capriccio (长城随想曲)
… among other pieces by soloists and ensembles around the UK.

Join us for an enjoyable night of contemporary and traditional Oriental music. We are sure that you will have a relaxing experience with our music!

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CUCOS 2017

The end of the Freshers’ Fair marks the beginning of a new year. To all new students, welcome to Cambridge; and to all returning students, welcome back!

This year CUCOS will continue to hold our annual concert. This year our concert will be on Sunday, 5th of March (Week 7 Lent). We will also be performing at some other occasions, like the Chinese New Year Gala, so stay tuned for more updates.

Wish you all a successful year ahead!

Presenting the CUCOS 2016 Annual Concert: 春 (Spring)

O, wind, if winter comes, can spring be far behind?

CUCOS Concert website image

The Cambridge University Chinese Orchestra Society is going to hold its annual concert, 春 (Spring) at the West Road Concert Hall on Sunday, March 13th, at 7.30 pm. This year our Chinese and Western instrument divisions will be bringing you a refreshing repertoire of traditional and contemporary oriental music, including:

  • Spring (春)
  • Gazing into the spring wind (望春风)
  • Starry night (星空)
  • Dae Jang Geum (大长今)
  • Summer
  • Czardas

…and featuring several talented soloists from around the UK!

Join us for a night of relaxing music and enjoy a sweet dream in the fragrance of blossoms and warm spring winds!

Ticket are priced at £6.50 for students, £8.00 for standard, and £12.00 for VIP seats.

Click here to buy your tickets today!

2015 Annual Concerts – Tale of A Wanderer 游子吟

Want to learn more about Chinese culture and music? Tired of lectures and supervisions?  
Here comes our CUCOS Annual Concert, 1st March 2015 at West Road Concert Hall
This year, we are delighted to have Warwick Chinese Orchestra to join us. 
It will be a fantastic night!
 Memory of Childhood (童年的回忆)
 Dream of the Red Chamber (红楼梦)
 Dance of the Yao (瑶族舞曲)
 Song of Midu Mountain (弥渡山歌)

 Princess Mononoke (幽灵公主)by Warwick Chinese Orchestra

Annual Concert 2014:Winding Reminiscence 梦回黄河



Full Moon, Gorgeous Flowers

Capriccio “Taiwan”

Harvest Celebration

Scarborough Fair

Yellow River Concerto

Crouching Tigher Concerto

It is a valuable opportunity for you to learn more about Chinese culture and arts. It will also be a wonderful opportunity for you to relax or find peace coming to the end of the term.

You don’t want to miss it!

New Year Recital, Free Admission

Happy New Year everyone!

CUCOS is going to welcome the new year with a free entry recital at:

Multipurpose Room in Main Building, Clare Hall College

at 7.30pm on 18 Jan 2014

Pieces to be played





Watch out for more details and we hope to see lots of you !



Successful first rehearsal for CID, keep it up!

CUCOS want to thank everyone who came to our first rehearsal today and made it successful. Let’s keep it up!

The Chinese Instrument Division is looking for players of Erhu and Pipa. We have the instruments, we need you to play!  Come and join us by emailing Cassie at to indicate your interest.

The Western Instrument Division hopes to see more musiciants turning up for the rehearsals.




CUCOS 2013-14 is recruiting! First rehearsal schedule is out!

CUCOS is an experienced orchestra that holds concerts, recitals and performances on Cambridge’s major stages. We aim to promote Chinese music, performed using both traditional Chinese instruments as well as standard Western orchestral instruments.We are the only music group that features instruments of contrasting origins on the same stage and even in the same composition –it will be a truly unique and amazing experience with us, no matter what instruments you play!

Last year, we successfully presented a charity recital, three other recitals in coordination with other music groups, wonderful performances on CNY GALA, CNY BALL as well as Robinson May Ball, and a groundbreaking annual concert. This year, more exciting events will come up on stage- there will be plenty performing opportunities with us, from solos to full orchestra performances. Musicians of all skills levels are welcomed and there will be NO auditions.

Our first Rehearsal will be held in:


1. The Old Labs, Newnham College from 13:30 to 16:30 on Sunday 20th October for Chinese instrument players; 

2. Music Room, Robinson College from 16:00 to 19:00 on Sunday 20th October forWestern instrument players.

We look forward to meeting you in our first rehearsals and please bring along your instruments if you have.

For any questions or more information, please don’t hesitate to e-mail Cassie Yang (, music director of CID, or Zhuocong Xiao (, music director of WID. Hope to see you soon!


Intercultural Expressions Concert

CUCOS Chinese Instrument division will be participating in this year’s Intercultural Expressions Concert presented by the Centre for Intercultural Musicology at Churchill College.

6 pm 23rd April (Tuesday)
Recital Room
Churchill College, Cambridge

Concert tickets: £5 / £3, available at the door

CUCOS will be performing in Act III

Czardas by Vittorio Monti
Kok Foong Lee (Erhu – fiddle)
Kok Foong Lee plays an erhu adaptation of Vittorio Monti’s Hungarian dance for violin. The conductor of CUCOS, Kok Foong was a prize winner in the Malaysian National Chinese Orchestra Solo Competition in 2009. He is a PhD student in Chemical Engineering at Queens’ College.

Ming Mountain by Wang Zhongshan
Aylwin Low (Guzheng – zither)
Alwyn, a chemical engineering student at Fitzwilliam College, was one of the top three winners in the Guzheng Solo National Chinese Music Competition organized by the Singapore National Arts Council.

Beautiful Africa by Yu Qingzhu
Chi-Chen Wang (Yangqin – dulcimer)
Chi-Chen Wang is a MA Music Therapy student at Anglia Ruskin University. A skillful yangqin player, Chi-Chen was a special education teacher at a primary school in Taiwan. ‘Beautiful Africa’ portrays the vast wilderness of the savannah and warmth of the African people.
Chrysanthemum Terrace by Jay Chou
CUCOS Ensemble
The CUCOS ENSEMBLE plays the work of Jay Chou, a talented Taiwanese composer who successfully integrates Western musical elements with Chinese literature and musical traditions in his compositions. The piece portrays the chrysanthemum as a metaphor for love.

For more information, contact
Moira Cox
Churchill Music Society
Valerie Ross

For descriptions and playlist, see attached pdf programme.

CIMACC Concert Programme 23 April Churchill College