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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 26 April
Lunchtime Recital, 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Hugh Cutting (voice) and Piers Kennedy (piano)
To include music by Kennedy, Purcell and W Denis Browne.

Friday 27 April
Composers’ Concert, 8-9pm, ODS
A concert of pieces by St John’s students including works by Ignacio Mañá Mesas, Samuel Tannenbaum, Charlotte Eves &
Lara Weaver.

Thursday 3 May
Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Sax Appeal Quartet
Rowan Hawitt, Ignacio Mañá Mesas, Laurence Trowsdale-Stannard & Surina Fordington. To include music by Joplin, Bach and Albeniz.

Thursday 3 May
Annual General Meeting, 4-5pm, NMR
If you are interested in joining the Music Society or would like to find out more about what we do please contact Sophie Kirk at: New committee members will be chosen at the A.G.M. Please let Andrew or Sophie know if you’d be interested in helping with the Society.

Friday 4 May
Renaissance Late 8–9pm, Chapel
Byrd Cantiones Sacrae
Gopal Kambo, Daniel Brown, Simon Grant, Piers Kennedy and Louis Watkins.

Thursday 17 May
Lunchtime Recital, 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Jo Ash (singer/songwriter)
Jo will perform a set of her self-penned songs. Sometimes likened to Kate Bush and Siouxsie Sioux, Jo has a unique, captivating style.

Sunday 3 June
Lieder Recital, 4-5pm, NMR
Carys Brown (voice) and Hilary Martin (piano)
To include music by Mozart, Debussy and Wolf.

Monday 11 June
Evening Song Recital, 8-9pm, ODS
James Beddoe (tenor)
Programme to include Schumann op24 Liederkreis.

Thursday 14 June
Lunchtime Recital, 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Daniel Brown (voice)
To include music by Bach, Sondheim and Joni Mitchell.

Thursday 14 June
SJCMS Garden Party, 8pm, Fellows’ Garden

Dates for your Diary

Saturday 6 October
Come and Play!
Palmerston Room, 2.30-5pm

Friday 26 October
Orchestral Concert, 8pm, Chapel




Tuesday 20 November
Aquila and Jazz Band, 8pm, ODS

Saturday 26 January
Come and Sing! Chapel, 2.30-5pm


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 (

2017-18 Committee

Senior Members

Chairman - Mr A Nethsingha (an323)
Senior Treasurer - Dr R Glasscock ([3]38695)
Administrator - Mrs S Kirk (
Webmaster - Dr H Martin (hm570)

Junior Members

President and Junior Treasurer - Stephanie Childress (sec87)
Secretary - Hugh Cutting (hc460)
Membership Secretary - Matthew Gibson (mlg44)
Publicity Officers
Internal College Representatives - William Drake (wkd21) and Charlie Fraser (cpf26)
Webmaster - Dr Hilary Martin (hm570)
Graduate Student Representative - Rachel Becker (rnb28) and Benedek Kruchio (bk390)