Collegium Musicum’s symphony orchestra works on at least two major projects each year – one in autumn and one in spring – and each project ends with two concerts. With a varied repertoire, performances may feature different musical styles from baroque to modern and anything in between. For instance, in recent years we have played the Enigma variations by Elgar, but also Shostakovich’s Tenth Symphony, and An American in Paris by Gershwin. You can find more projects here. Usually a project consists of a large symphonic work for orchestra and a piece where we are accompanied by the main choir.
The orchestra is is currently conducted by the much beloved Jeppe Moulijn. Thanks to his ambition and dedication, we can put on fantastic concerts each semester!
In November of 2022 we will perform Bruckner’s symphony no. 6 and the four sacred works by Verdi also known as the Quattro Pezzi Sacri.
In March of 2023 we will be performing Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony in Amare! This colossal piece features CM’s symphony orchestra as well as the main choir! If you would also like to join us in for this amazing project, send an email to [email protected] to join the orchestra, or to [email protected] to join the choir!
The orchestra rehearses every Monday evening from 19:30 to 22:30. The rehearsals are in the Lipsius building of Leiden University, in room 2.34. You can find us via the contact page. In addition to the normal rehearsals, there is a rehearsal weekend every semester which will occasionally take place at an external location and offer the members to relax with some fun activities in the evening.