Greetings, and welcome to the home page of the Cambridge University Recorder Ensemble, or just CURE for short! We're a friendly, enthusiastic and dedicated bunch of recorder players (recorder-ists?) who meet weekly during term time to explore the staggering 900+ years of recorder consort repertoire. Since its inception in 2009, our membership has typically ranged from half-a-dozen to a dozen members at any time, playing all sizes of the instrument from wee garklein through to hefty contrabass. CURE performs regularly throughout the year, at various locations around Cambridge and occasionally beyond. We usually hold one or more concerts each term, and sometimes even during the summer break, depending on general consensus and availability of our members.

As a flexible and open-minded group, we play a huge range of styles from medieval choral music and Baroque chamber works, all the way to modern compositions and arrangements of popular tunes. However, the bulk of our music library is dominated by works from the Baroque era, which is heralded as the 'golden age' of the recorder. All the same, we are always welcome to new additions to our repertoire, so if you have something recorder-y you'd like us to play, whether it be your own composition, arrangement or just a favourite piece, do get in touch and we'll endeavour to do our best with it!

If you love playing the recorder, want to gain consort playing experience and/or the chance to meet fellow recorder enthusiasts, do consider joining us. New members are welcome at any time of the year. Please see our Membership page for further information.

You can also find us on Facebook.

Upcoming events

Come and visit the CURE stall at the CUSU Freshers' Fair (held at Parker's Piece) on Tuesday the 3rd and Wednesday the 4th of October 2017! Chat to our current members and find out if CURE is the right ensemble for you.

Recent events

For the full list of past events, check out our Concerts page.


Congratulations to CURE on a successful concert tour to London, where we performed in the lovely outdoor setting of Lloyd Square Garden. The weather was beautiful. Well done to everyone for their hard work rehearsing and performing, and a big thank you to the Oswalds for organising the whole trip!


Our 2017 Lent concert, "Back to the Future", was held in the McCrum Lecture Theatre, Corpus Christi College. All hail the record CURE size of thirteen performers, and for pulling off Schnabel's monumental work, Feuer und Eis, conductor-free with such a splash! Many thanks to the Bene't Club for hosting us!


Our first non-Cambridge, non-London concert was held at St Neots Parish Church.