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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

Michaelmas Term 2018 Termcard


Saturday 6 October
Come and Play, 2-5pm, Palmerston Room
2–4 rehearsal
4–4.30 tea
4.30–5 informal performance
Join us in a scratch orchestra to play some favourites, including Schubert’s Rosamunde Overture, Elgar Nimrod and excepts from Bizet’s Carmen Suite no. 1.
Grade 5 and above recommended.

Students, Staff and Fellows are all encouraged to sign up here.

Elgar Nimrod (find your part here and listen to a recording)
Schubert Rosamunde Overture (find your part here and listen to a recording)
Bizet Carmen Suite No. 1 (find your part here and listen to a recording)

Saturday 6 October
Freshers’ Concert & drinks 8-9pm, NMR
Come and play/hear this year’s Freshers in an informal concert, and join us for a drink afterwards.

Thursday 11 October
Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Laura van der Heijden (cello) and
Ignacio Mañá Mesas (saxophone)
Telemann Sonate in C minor
J.S. Bach Sonate VI
Marin Marais Les Folies d’Espagne
Villa-Lobos Assobio a Játo
Jennifer Fowler Lament


Thursday 11 October
Renaissance Late 8-9pm, Chapel
Byrd Jerusalem Motets: Vide Domine afflictionem;
Ne Irascaris; Tribulationes Civitatum; Haec dicit Dominus
sung by Hugh Cutting, Gopal Kambo, Benedict Flinn, Simon Grant and Oliver Morris.


Thursday 18 October
Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Aïda Lahlou  (piano)
N. Benabdeljalil Frisson Nocturne
Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor
Liszt Ballade No. 2 in B minor


Saturday 20 October
Sigma Saxophone Project 10am – 9pm, ODS
10am Workshop with composition students
1pm Lunch
3pm SIGMA Project Conference
8.15pm SIGMA Project Concert


Thursday 25 October
Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Lauren Holmes (piano)
Chopin 'Heroic' polonaise in A-flat major, op. 53
Louis Watkins (voice) and Glen Dempsey (piano)
Purcell (arr. Britten) I attempt from Love’s sickness to fly; There’s not a swain of the plain; The knotting song
Britten The Birds & Folksongs

Friday 26 October
Orchestral Concert, 8-9.30pm, Chapel
An evening of orchestral favourites:
Haydn Cello Concerto No. 2 with soloist Laura van der Heijden,
Prokofiev Classical Symphony
Beethoven Symphony No. 7
conducted by Matthew Gibson and Jamie Conway.
Tickets available on the door (£10/£5) free for members of SJC


Thursday 1 November
Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Sam Tannenbaum (piano)
Glass Mad Rush
S. Tannenbaum Reflective moments
Scarlett Clemmow (voice)
Mozart Alleluja
Schubert Du Bist Die Ruh
Head The Singer
Fauré Notre Amour


Thursday 8 November
Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Prof David Midgley (cor anglais) and Lara Weaver (voice)


Thursday 8 November
Composers’ Concert 8-9pm, ODS
Wolf – saxophone, Ignacio Mañá Mesas
Mechanised - four cellos, Sam Tannenbaum


Thursday 15 November
Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Richard Decker (oboe) & strings
Mozart Oboe Quartet
M. Arnold Oboe Quartet


Thursday 15 November
Renaissance Late 8-9pm, Chapel
A selection of Renaissance music by Sheppard, White, Ferrabosco, Byrd and Tallis.


Thursday 20 November
Aquila and Jazz Band 8–9.30pm, ODS
Aquila and Jazz Band perform some of their latest repertoire. Followed by drinks. All welcome!


Thursday 22 November
Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Alex Jones (double bass) and Murray Chapman (piano) & James Anderson-Besant (piano)
L. Berio Psy
David Ellis Sonata for Unaccompanied Double Bass, Op. 42
R. Glière Intermezzo, Op. 9 & Scherzo, Op. 32


Thursday 29 November
Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR
Christmas Carol sing-a-long
Come and join us to sing some well-known Christmas carols to get you in the festive spirit!


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 (

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 Representative & Publicity - Lara Weaver
Aquila Representative - Esther Luigi