National Gathering – Cambridge

Fri 09th March 2018: 2:00 pm to
Sun 11th March 2018: 9:00 pm

Next spring’s gathering in Cambridge is likely to be popular with visits to King’s, St John’s, Trinity, Jesus and Selwyn Colleges. The Gathering will commence at 2pm on the Friday and conclude late evening on the Sunday.

Friday focus on King’s College, Choral Evensong and buffet supper in King’s College Hall with guest speaker, our new President Stephen Cleobury.

Saturday visits to Trinity and Jesus Colleges. Tea at St John’s College prior to Lenten Meditation service in the Chapel.
Sunday choice of services, talk by Andrew Nethsingha on the music at St. John’s. Tea, choir rehearsal, Choral Evensong, supper and organ recital at Selwyn College.

Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies Competition

Additionally, on Friday March 9 the first CAOS COMPETITION FOR STUDENT ORGANISTS takes place at Jesus College, Cambridge, from 10am to 4pm.

Nine students from Cambridge University, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music and Royal Birmingham Conservatory will compete for a prize of £500 and a lunchtime recital at St John’s Smith Square.

MASTERCLASSES with the jury take place at Sidney Sussex College on Saturday March 10 from 10.30am – 2.30pm.

Six students will take part in classes with the distinguished adjudicators David Titterington and Bine Bryndorf.

These events are open to the public :  £10 to attend the competition, £15 to attend the masterclass, paying either at the door or by cash/cheque payable to Cambridge Academy of Organ Studies and sent to 140 Oxford Road, Cambridge CB4 3PL.

For full information see: www.cambridgeorganacademy.org

Downloads for the Gathering:

Booking Form

Here are some suggestions for hotels within walking distance of the colleges:

Arundel House Hotel on Chesterton Road has single rooms for £85, doubles for £125 and twins for £145 a night – this hotel comes well recommended. Tel: 01223 367701.
The Lensfield Hotel near the Fitzwilliam Museum has singles for £77 and doubles for £118 – tel: 01223 355017
The Royal Cambridge Hotel on Trumpington Street is holding some rooms for FCM members from 9th to 12th March at a rate of £120 (single) and £140 (double)
Please quote FCM or ask for Agnieszka Michalska – tel: 0330 102 7236

Some colleges have guest rooms but these can only be booked three months in advance. Use one of these two links.

Visit Cambridge (tel: 01223 791500) is the official tourist information office and is very helpful.

There is also a useful website which aims to offer you a good choice of venues. You just fill in an online form and they get hotels etc to contact you direct.

Click here for more details

An alternative…..

Peter Williams notes……….

In view of the apparent shortage of rooms on these nights, (not to mention the high prices), members might also like to consider the Youth Hostel, where private rooms for up to 2 people are currently available for £65 (Fri. Sat) ; £59 (Thurs, Sun.) with upgrades to en-suite (not Thurs). Add a hearty breakfast for £6.25. It is ideally placed for train travellers and I will stick my neck out and personally recommend it (from previous stays) as good budget accommodation.

On the minus side, it is a pain if you bring a car. Still, one option might be to look for overnight parking on the outskirts of the city close to the bus routes along Regent St, which is close to the hostel, and then bus in and out of the city. View the facilities on yha.org.uk and you may be pleasantly surprised!


Location: Cambridge