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Music Society

The 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 College Members

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Thursday 10 October

Freshers’ drinks 8-9pm, bar

Come and meet members of the Committee and find out more about the Society. Join us for a welcome drink in the College bar.


Thursday 17 October

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, ODS

James Anderson-Besant (piano)

Brahms Intermezzo no.2 op.118


Sam Rudd-Jones (piano)

Ravel Menuet sur le nom d'Haydn

Debussy Hommage à Haydn

Sam Rudd-Jones Debussy

Ravel Sonatine


Thursday 24 October

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, ODS

Alice Webster (voice) and Matthew Gibson (piano)

Handel As with rosy steps the dawn from Theodora

Duparc Chanson triste

Schubert Impromptu in C minor no. 1 op. 90 D899 Mozart Ah scotati, Smanie implacabilei from Cosi fan tutte

Handel  Doppo notte from Ariodante

Howells King David


Thursday 31 October

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Daniel Quigley (piano)

Quigley Two Wedding Marches

Kabalevsky Rondo op. 59


Chloe Gamlin (flute) and Eleonore Poli (piano)

R. Schumann Three Romances op.94

F. Borne Fantasy on themes from Carmen


Thursday 7 November

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Anna Ryan (flute) and Hugh Rowlands (piano)

Sancan Sonatine


Benjamin Owen (clarinet), Eleanor Medcalf (cello) and Lucy Walker (piano)

Beethoven Trio op. 11



Thursday 14 November

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Maxim Meshkvichev (voice), Jacob Partington (voice)

Blow Ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell

Tuesday 19 November

Folk & popular music around the world, 8.30pm, NMR

Fatima Lahham (recorder)

Fairuz song arrangements


Lawrence Bissel (bagpipes)



Alex Semple (violin) & Irina Andrievsky (piano)

Falla Spanish folk song suite

Vladigerov Bulgarian Rhapsody


Wednesday 20 November

Mysticism in music, 8.30pm, NMR

Alex Semple (violin) & Irina Andrievsky (piano)

Vitali Chaconne


Fatima Lahham (recorder)

Riohei Hirose Meditations (1975)


Maxim Meshkvichev (voice), Jacob Partington (voice)

Blow Ode on the death of Mr Henry Purcell

Thursday 21 November

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Alex Semple (violin) and Irina Andrievsky (piano)

De Falla Spanish Folk songs suite

Kabalevsky Improvisation

Vladigerov Bulgarian Rhapsody



Friday 22 November

The music of Vienna, 8.30pm, NMR

Daniel Quigley (piano)

Schumann Faschingsschwank aus Wien


Benjamin Owen (clarinet)

Mozart Clarinet Quintet K581


Thursday 28 November

Lunchtime Recital, 1.10–1.50pm, NMR


Each participant can play a short piece.

Everyone welcome.


Tuesday 3 December

Jazz Band 7.30-8.30pm, ODS

Jazz Band perform some of their latest repertoire, and will be joined by Aquila for a couple of numbers. All welcome!


Thursday 5 December

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Aquila performs a range of pieces from their repertoire.

Joanna Forbes L’Estrange (director)

Live Music in the Bar!

Friday 18 October



Saturday 9 November

Rob Jones - guitar


Saturday 16 November

Common Ground Band


Saturday 23 November

Members of the Jazz Band

Key to rooms

NMR – New Music Room (1st Court)

ODS – Main Lecture Theatre, Old Divinity School

CR – Combination Room (2nd Court)

The Committee

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 (

2019-20 Committee

Junior Members

President                  James Anderson-Besant

Vice-President         Nacho Mañá Mesas

Secretary                  Laurence Trowsdale-Stannard

Membership Secretary &

Junior Treasurer     Beatrix Swanson-Scott

Publicity &                Benedek Kruchio

Webmaster             & Scarlett Clemmow

Recitals Managers  Aida Lahlou, Tom Butler & Leo Appel

Jazz Band Rep         Nick Maini

Senior Members

Senior Treasurer    Dr Robin Glasscock 

Administrator         Mrs Sophie Kirk

Director of Music    Mr Andrew Nethsingha