Gonville & Caius Music Society

GCMS 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. Past concerts have included the Swan Lake Suite by Tchaikovsky, Metamorphosen for 23 solo strings by Richard Strauss, the Welcome Ode by Britten and Vivaldi's Gloria. 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 Music Society also organises many other musical events, most notably a regular series of lunchtime concerts on Saturdays. In contrast, there are also informal concerts arranged from time to time, known as the Scales Club Concerts (founded in the late 19th century).