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Music Society

In common with all other activities, the various music groups within the College are organised by undergraduates. There is a wide range of student-run musical activities at St John's. The Music Society Committee is responsible for many of the musical events and opportunities open to members of the college.

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The Music Society issues cards at the beginning of each year allowing you to use the four practice rooms in the Fisher Building, each equipped with a piano. Rehearsals can take place in the New Music Room (NMR) in First Court and, depending on your standard, you are able to play the Steinway piano in the NMR.

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Events for Members

Michaelmas Term 2017 Termcard

Saturday 7 October
Freshers’ Concert & drinks, 8pm, NMR
Come and play/hear this year’s Freshers in concert and join us for a drink afterwards.

Friday 13 October
Lieder Recital & drinks, 9pm, Divinity School
A short recital of Romantic and contemporary songs followed by refreshments.

Friday 20 October
Open Mic Night. 9pm, Bar
This is your chance to perform more popular music in an informal setting.

Saturday 21 October
Cantata Evensong, 6.30pm, Chapel
Liturgical performances of Bach’s Cantata 80 and Durante Magnificat sung by the College Choir, with professional period instrumentalists led by Margaret Faultless.

Friday 27 October
Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, 8pm, Chapel
This term’s major concert conducted by Stephanie Childress (SJCMS President).
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Thursday 2 November
Lunchtime Recital, 1.10 – 1.50pm, NMR
Our inaugural informal lunchtime recital given by Freshers. Sandwiches available.
Requiem Eucharist, 6.30pm, Chapel
A liturgical performance of Duruflé’s Requiem for All Souls’ Day sung by the Chapel Choir.

Sunday 5 November
Musical Theatre Evening, 8pm, NMR
SJCMS presents a relaxed evening of musical theatre.

Wednesday 8 November
Contemporary Evening, 9pm, Divinity School
A short recital featuring the music of Boulez, Partch and Cambridge-based composers followed by refreshments.

Thursday 16 November
Lunchtime Recital, 1.10 – 1.50pm, NMR
Informal lunchtime recital. Sandwiches available.

Thursday 23 November
Song writing workshop/Open Mic night, NMR/Bar
Join us for a song-writing workshop with Keith Ayling culminating in a performance.
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Monday 27 November
Christmas Carol Service St John’s Voices, 6pm, Chapel

Tuesday 28 November
St John’s Voices Concert, 8.15pm, Chapel

Thursday 30 November
Renaissance Late, 8pm
Serene Renaissance vocal music.

Other interesting events

Clare College Chamber Music Composition Competition 2018

Tom Poster Piano Masterclass

Practising with Robert Cohen

Women Conductors

Nicholas Mulroy Vocal Workshop

Sir Mark Elder Conducting Masterclass

Get Involved!

If you would like to see something musical in college that isn't yet happening, or if you would like to set up a new college ensemble, please get in touch with us.

If you would like more information on music-making in College, please contact the President (sec87@cam.ac.uk) or Sophie Kirk (music@joh.cam.ac.uk).

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