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The Caius Music Society

The Caius Musical Society is a student-led organisation, receiving a generous annual budget. It runs a variety of events, but the principal venture each term is the College Concert, conducted by one or more undergraduates, which is usually a large-scale choral and orchestral concert. A recent concert consisted of the Swan Lake Suite by Tchaikovsky, the Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings by Richard Strauss, the Welcome Ode by Britten and the Gloria by Vivaldi. The summer term concert, known as the May Week Concert, normally contains a more light-hearted programme or takes the form of a Show, such as The Threepenny Opera, or Guys and Dolls, with champagne and strawberries served in the interval. The Musical Society also organises many other musical events, most notably a regular series of lunchtime concerts on Saturdays and also a series of full-length concerts on Sunday evenings. All these concerts offer a useful platform for the best instrumentalists in College, and often feature some of the finest musicians from other Colleges. Other concerts take place in venues outside college, such as a selection of music by Ibert, Satie, Poulenc, Martinu and Milhaud recently performed at Emmanuel Church, entitled 'Divertissement'. In contrast to these serious events there are also informal concerts arranged from time to time, known as the Scales Club Concerts (founded in the late 19th century).