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

Lent 2020 Termcard


Thursday 10 October

Thursday 16 January

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Yao-Chih Kuo (violin) and Maurice Hodges (piano)

Ravel Tzigane


Yao-Chih Kuo (violin) and Emily Trubshaw (violin)

Wieniewski Caprices for 2 violins


Thursday 23 January

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Tony Zhang (piano)

Chopin piano recital


Thursday 30 January

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Sarah Kaarina Crockford (soprano) and Robyn Bartlett (piano)

Donizetti, Mozart, Gluck & Caldara Arias and Art songs


Thursday 30 January

Chapel Lates, 8-9pm, Chapel

A journey through Russian music from Chesnokov to favourites like Rachmaninoff and Tchaikovsky.

Directed by Tom Butler.


Thursday 6 February

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Ellis Thomas (piano)

Beethoven Waldstein sonata

Bartok Suite op. 14

Chopin Scherzo no. 2


Thursday 13 February

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Aïda Lahlou (piano) and Matthew Gibson (piano)

Beethoven Piano Concerto no. 3

Monday 17 February

Chapel Lates, 8-9pm, Chapel

A chamber orchestra and vocal concert on the theme of ‘Courtly Love’ with music by Handel and Mozart. Directed by Hugh Cutting.


Thursday 20 February

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

David Midgley (cor anglais), Lorcan O’Connor (violin), Sarah Cox (viola) and Mark Pepper (cello)

Françaix Cor anglais quartet


Aleksandra Maciaszek (piano)

Chopin Fantaisie Impromptu op. 66

Chopin Ballade in G minor op.23



Friday 21 February

Bach - St John Passion 8-10pm, Chapel

In preparation for the season of Lent, singers from St John’s and Trinity Colleges are joined by some of Cambridge’s finest instrumentalists to perform this masterpiece of the Baroque period. Conducted by James Anderson-Besant.

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


Thursday 27 February

Lunchtime Recital, 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Members of St John’s Voices perform a selection of songs.


Thursday 5 March

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Zac Cebon (piano)

Beethoven 32 Variations in C

Mozart Sonata in F major K332

Chopin Etudes

Scriabin Fantasy op28


Monday 9 March

Aquila, 8-9pm, ODS

International Women’s Day Concert

A special performance for IWD of music by women, about women, for women’s voices, including a song which was featured in the hit TV series Fleabag.

Directed by Joanna Forbes L’Estrange.


Tuesday 10 March

Jazz Concert, 8-9pm, ODS

Join the Jazz Band for their termly concert. Wine will be served throughout the concert. All welcome!


Thursday 12 March

Lunchtime Recital 1.10–1.50pm, NMR

Kevin Loh (Guitar)

J. S. Bach Violin Sonata No. 1 BWV 1001

Fernando Sor Six Bagatelles, Op. 45

William Walton Five Bagatelles


Thursday 12 March

Beethoven 250, 8-9.30pm, Chapel

Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Piano Concerto No. 3 in C Minor and Symphony No. 2 in D Major

Matthew Gibson (conductor)

Aïda Lahlou (piano)

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

Live Music in the Bar!

Sat 1 Feb – Jazz Band

Sat 22 Feb – David Allatt

Fri 28 Feb – Music Theatre open mic night

Fri 6 Mar - Jo Ash

Sat 7 Mar – 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.

2020-21 Committee

Junior Members

President: Aïda Lahlou

Vice-President: Richard Decker

Secretary: Joe Hancock

Artistic Director: Scarlett Clemmow

Communications: Emily Trubshaw

Membership & Outreach: Ola Maciaszek

Branding Officer: Francis Bamford

Chapel Lates: Timon Staehler

New Music Rep: Katrina Toner


Senior Members

Senior Treasurer: Dr Robin Glasscock 

Administrator: Mrs Sophie Kirk

Director of Music: Mr Andrew Nethsingha