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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 17 January

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Jo Ash Captivating songwriter Jo will perform a selection of songs from her debut album, Constellations, released last year.


Matthew Gibson and Glen Dempsey (piano)

Mozart Piano Concerto No. 26 in D major, 1st mvt


Thursday 24 January

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Richard Decker (voice) and Matthew Gibson (piano)

A selection of English and European art songs, featuring Howells, Fauré, and Sibelius.


Friday 25 January

Christmas Oratorio, 8pm, Chapel

J.S.Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (Parts 1, 2, 3 & 6) directed by James Anderson-Besant.

Helena Moore (soprano), Hugh Cutting (alto), Michael Bell (tenor), James Adams (bass) and Gopal Kambo (Evangelist) join forces with a one-off chorus and orchestra comprising some of Cambridge’s most talented musicians.

Tickets on the door £10/£5, free to members of St John’s College.


Saturday 26 January

Come and Sing, 3-5pm, Chapel

3-4 rehearsal

4.00-4.30 tea

4.30-5.00 performance

Join us in a massed choir to sing some Choral favourites, including Bruckner Locus iste and Parry I was glad. Sign up here or contact Sophie Kirk.


Thursday 31 January

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Sam Tannenbaum (piano) plays a selection of original compositions for piano.

Fatima Lahham (recorder)


Friday 1 February

Orchestral Concert SJCMS & Clare College Music Society, 8pm, Chapel

An evening of exciting orchestral music: Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade and Britten’s Young Person's Guide with leader Naomi Warburton, and a new piece by St. John's composer Nacho Mana. Conductors: Matthew Gibson, Jamie Conway and Tess Jackson. Tickets from ADC and on the door (£10/£5), free for members of St. John's College.


Thursday 7 February

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Tom Butler (voice)

Ralph Vaughan Williams Wither must I wander; The infinite shining heavens; Silent noon

Giacomo Puccini Vecchia Zimarra


Louis Watkins (voice) and Glen Dempsey (piano)

Henry Purcell (arr. Britten) I attempt from Love’s sickness to fly; There’s not a swain of the plain; The knotting song

Benjamin Britten The Birds; Folksongs


Thursday14 February

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Leo Appel (violin) and Toby Hession (piano)

Clara Schumann 3 romances

Johannes Brahms Sonata no. 3 for violin and piano

Béla Bartók Rhapsody no. 1



Thursday 21 February

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Scarlett Clemmow (voice) and Zach Yarrow (piano)

Georg Friedrich Handel V’adoro, Pupille

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Vedrai Carino

Elizabeth Maconchy The Sun, Moon and Stars


Madeleine Paige and Louisa Chatterton (voice) sing some light music including Sunny Side of the Street, The Lady is a Tramp and I get a kick out of you.


Thursday 21 February

Renaissance Late, 8-9pm, Chapel

Tallis Lamentations Idirected by Gopal Kambo


Thursday 28 February

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Members of St John’s Voices sing Lullabies by Bach, Brahms, Dowland, Britten, Copland, Monteverdi, and Ives


Thursday 28 February

Baroque Concert, 8pm, Chapel

Christa Lundberg (recorder), Eszter Kruchió and Diana Arman (violins), Angela Wittmann (viola), Laurence Cochrane (cello), Jamie Conway (harpsichord) and

Benedek Kruchió (bassoon)

Telemann Concerto for Recorder & Bassoon in F major

Vivaldi Trio Sonata for two violins & basso continuo in B minor

Vivaldi Concerto for cello in E minor

Telemann Fantasia for solo violin

Vivaldi Concerto for recorder, violin & bassoon in D major

Tickets on the door £5, free to members of St John’s College.


Sunday 3 March

Afternoon Recital 2.30–3.15pm, NMR

Beatrix Swanson Scott (voice) Oliver Jones (piano)

Aaron Copland 12 songs of Emily Dickinson

Oliver Jones Parting


Thursday 7 March

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Ignacio Mañá Mesas (saxophone) & Oliver Cope (harp)

Andy Scott And Everything is Still

Robin Holloway Suite for Saxophone

Marcel Tournier La danse du Moujik

Luciano Berio Sequenza IXb

Ignacio Mañá Mesas New work (title tbc)


Tuesday 12 March

Jazz Band 8–9.30pm, ODS

Jazz Band perform some of their latest repertoire, including some joint numbers with Aquila. Followed by drinks. All welcome!


Thursday 14 March

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Saint Saens Carnival of the Animals (arr. Midgley)

Georgia Rawlins (flute), Richard Decker (oboe), David Midgley (cor anglais), Lennie Wells (clarinet/bass clarinet), Nacho Maña-Mesas (sop/alto sax), Sophie Kirk (viola), Caroline Worster (cello), Matthew Gibson and Aïda Lahlou (piano)


Thursday 14 March

Baroque Late, 8-9pm, Chapel

Pergolesi's Stabat Mater

Beatrix Swanson Scott and Hope Whitehead (voice)

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