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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

Easter 2019 Termcard


Wednesday 24 April

Madrigals, 9pm, Chapel

Italian Madrigals of the Sixteenth Century: from a Noblewoman and a Monk.

A concert exploring the musical world of  sixteenth-century Italy through the contrasting experiences of two little-known composers: Cesarina Ricci de Tingoli, an Italian noblewoman, and Lutio Billi, a Camaldolese monk.

Directed by Fiammetta Fuller Gale, with singers from the choirs of St John's College and Gonville & Caius College.

Free Admission, all welcome!


Thursday 25 April

Lunchtime Recital, 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

A vocal recital given by Tom Butler, Beatrix Swanson Scott and Scarlett Clemmow. To include songs by Berg, Brahms, Hahn, Barber, Copland, Dove, Rodrigo and Michael Head


Thursday 2 May

Lunchtime Recital, 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Aquila, directed by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange and accompanied by Ollie LePage Dean, sings a selection of light close harmony songs, including When I Need You, Shoop de Boogie and Wisely and Slow.


Thursday 2 May

St Matthew Passion, 8pm, Trinity College Chapel

SJCMS join forces with TCMS in a joint venture to present an unforgettable performance of J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Tickets £15/£5 from Tessera.


Friday 10 May

Common Ground Band, 8.30pm, College Bar

Common Ground is a local band and will play a range of covers and original material.



Wednesday 15 May

Annual General Meeting, 3.30pm for 4pm, OMR

Join us for refreshments in the OMR before this year’s SJCMS AGM. If you would be interested in joining next year’s SJCMS committee then please get in touch (even if you are unable to make the meeting) as new committee members will be chosen at this meeting. If you would like to find out more about what we do please contact Sophie Kirk, Andrew Nethsingha or Matthew Gibson.


Thursday 16 May

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, Chapel

Jaylen Cheng, one of this year’s senior choristers, plays a short programme of organ music: Murrill Carillon, Buxtehude Praeludium in C, Scarlatti Sonata no. 2, JS Bach Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, and Whitlock Lantana, Shanty and Toccata (from the Plymouth Suite)


Thursday 23 May

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Brian Woods-Lustig, Hannah Littleton and Ellissa Sayampanathan sing selections from Bela Bartok’s 27 Choruses for SSA.


Thursday 9 June

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Simon Grant sings a programme of music by Schubert, Vaughan Williams, Faure, Strauss Berg and a new cycle by Jeremy Thurlow.


Tuesday 11 June

SJCMS Garden Party, 8pm, Fellows’ Garden


Wednesday 12 June

Orchestral Concert, 8pm, Chapel

Malcolm Street Orchestra, formed of some of the best musicians from Cambridge University and London Conservatoires, performs Shostakovich’s colossal tenth symphony alongside a premiere of a specially-written piece by Johnian composer Lara Weaver. Conducted by Jack Bazalgette.

Tickets on the door £10/£5/free to Johnians.

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 (

2018-19 Committee

Senior Members

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

Junior Members

President - Matthew Gibson
Secretary - Laurence Trowsdale-Stannard
Membership Secretary & Junior Treasurer - Richard Decker
Publicity Officer - Benedek Kruchio
Recitals Manager - Nacho Mañá Mesas
Webmaster - Sam Tannenbaum
Jazz Band & General Representative - William Drake
St John’s Voices Representatives & Publicity - Lara Weaver, Beatrix Swanson Scott & Scarlett Clemmow