Players wanted

Vacancies for B-flat Bass and Percussion
We are a non-contesting band which rehearses in Cambridge on Monday evenings. Even if you are already in a band, you might be interested in joining us for a different sort of repertoire, with a focus on original works written for brass band. In the 2024-25 season we will be playing the following works in concert:

P Drury — Prelude on Old 100th
R Vaughan Williams — Prelude on Three Welsh Hymn Tunes
I Holst — The Unfortunate Traveller
R Newton — Tripartita; Pictures from Yosemite
J Bingham — Four Minute Mile
E Gregson — Concerto Grosso
J Rutter arr. Somerset — Magnificat (with choir)
G Verdi arr. Snell —Te Deum (with choir)
A Bliss — Homage to Shakespeare
C Jenkins — Coriolanus
G Bantock — King Lear
R Vaughan Williams — Henry the Fifth
W Alwyn — The Moor of Venice
J Horovitz — Concertino Classico

If you are interested in joining us, please contact us at

A summer of brass

Saturday 6th July is the start of Brass Bands Week and we are delighted to be performing in the beautiful market town of Saffron Walden. Come hear us in Jubilee Garden (by Waitrose) between 12 and 2pm, or head over next week to listen to our friends at Hadstock Silver Band perform.

CSD Easter Exchange

Cambridge has been twinned with Heidelberg, a university city in the German state of Baden-Württemberg, since 1957. For over twenty years, CSD has been linked with a Heidelberg wind band, the Orchesterverein Handschuhsheim. The coronavirus pandemic put our exchanges on hold but we were delighted this Easter to once again host our German friends in Cambridge. We look forward to visiting Heidelberg in 2025.

Seit 1957 unterhält Cambridge eine Städtepartnerschaft mit der baden-württembergischen Universitätsstadt Heidelberg. Seit über zwanzig Jahren ist der CSD mit einem Heidelberger Blasorchester, dem Orchesterverein Handschuhsheim, verbunden. Die Coronavirus-Pandemie hat unseren Austausch auf Eis gelegt, aber wir freuten uns, dieses Ostern erneut unsere deutschen Freunde in Cambridge begrüßen zu dürfen. Wir freuen uns auf einen Besuch in Heidelberg im Jahr 2025.

Spring Concert

A new year for CSD brings the promise of many exciting things – firstly, our next concert of major works for brass band on Sunday 24th March, at 3pm at St Luke’s Church, Victoria Road, Cambridge. We are particularly excited to be working on the great Edward Elgar’s composition for the 1930 National Brass Band Championships, the Severn Suite. Tickets available here. We hope to see you there!

Happy New Year

We are looking forward to a brilliant 2024, with major concerts in March, November and December as well as a programme of lighter music in the summer and at Christmas.

Now is a great time to join us! We have vacancies for percussion (tuned and kit) and Bb Bass. Prior brass band experience not necessary. We can offer a friendly and welcoming group of fellow musicians, an inclusive ethos and an exciting calendar of concerts and events. Contact to enquire.

Although we don’t have full vacancies in other sections, we would welcome enquiries from other brass players to make connections in case of future changes.

Concert raises the roof

We were delighted to perform last week our gala concert to a full house at St Luke’s Church. We have worked hard and had fun preparing our programme and it was great to hear many appreciative comments from the wonderful audience. We were especially happy to be playing with young soloist Cameron Scott and to see our honorary president, Rodney Newton, again.

Our next concert will be on Sunday 24th March, 2024, at the same venue. We hope to see you there!

Ten of the players in CSD Brass performing during the concert

Concert countdown!

With just five days to go until the concert, we are polishing our parts and perfecting our arpeggios! Don’t forget to come see us at 3pm this Sunday 19th November, at St Luke’s Church, Victoria Road!

Tickets still available here:

Twm Sion Cati – the ‘Welsh Robin Hood’, whose legend inspires one of our pieces!