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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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Sunday & Monday 21-22 January

'Victory Over the Sun' 9-9.45pm, Round Church

A reimagining of the abstract Russian Futurist work with music by Charlotte Eves. In the opera, the Futurists attempt to kill the sun and set the world free of time. With only its libretto, costume designs and reputation surviving, this adaption of the opera will bring new life to this epic work.

Thursday 25 January

Lunchtime Recital 1.10-1.50pm, NMR

Beethoven Piano Sonata in C, op. 2 no. 3

Lauren Holmes

Beethoven Mir ist so wunderbar (Fidelio)

Emily Myles, Katherine Gray, James Beddoe and Jamie Conway & Matthew Gibson (piano)

Saturday 27 January

Come and Sing 3-5, Chapel

3-4.15 rehearsal; 4.15-4.40 tea;

4.40-5 informal performance.

Join us in a massed choir to sing some Choral favourites, including Handel Zadok the Priest and Mozart Ave verum corpus. Sign up here.

Saturday 3 February – Michael Finnissy Day (Composer in Residence)

Organ Recital 1.20-2pm, Chapel

Glen Dempsey plays two premieres by Michael Finnissy and works by Howells, Byrd and Messiaen.

Afternoon Lecture Recital 2.15-3.45pm, ODS

Given by Michael Finnissy

Evensong 6.30pm, Chapel

Includes the premiere of Videte miraculum.

Thursday 8 February

Lunchtime Vocal Recital 1.10-1.50pm, NMR

Including pieces by Delibes, Hahn and Wolf

performed by Ruth Murphy, Lara Weaver and

Matthew Anketell.

Tuesday 20 February

Combination Room Concert 8.45-9.45pm, CR

Book your free tickets here - places are limited

Items to include:

Lute Songs

Dr David Williams

Antonio Vivaldi Sonata A minor for recorder, bassoon and basso continuo, RV 86

Christa Lundberg (recorder), Benedek Kruchió (bassoon) & cello  

Brahms Violin Sonata no. 1 in G major, Op. 78 (1st mvt)

Prishita Maheshwari-Aplin (violin)

Mozart Flute Quartet no. 1 in D major

Charlotte Eves (flute), Stephanie Childress, Anna Semple (violin) & Chris Hedges (cello)

Thursday 22 February

Lunchtime Recital 1.10-1.50pm, NMR

Chamber Group Concert

Renaissance Late 8-9pm, Chapel

Byrd Cantiones Sacrae

Gopal Kambo, Daniel Brown, Simon Grant, Piers Kennedy and Louis Watkins

Tuesday 27 February

‘Structures’ 8-10pm, ODS

A contemporary concert featuring works by Boulez, Ligeti and Cambridge composers.

Claudia Molitor Sticker Music

Joanna Ward

Anna Semple The World’s Vice

Eric Egan Miniatures and Marc Codina, Frame

David Cotter (guitar)

Elliott Park, Panopticon

Thursday 1 March

Victoria Requiem 9-9.45pm, Chapel

Victoria: Officium Defunctorum (1605)

directed by Daniel Brown

Tuesday 6 March

New A Cappella Group & Jazz Band 8pm, ODS

Inaugural performance by these newly-formed College groups.

Thursday 8 March

Lunchtime Vocal Recital 1.10-1.50pm, NMR

Including pieces by Duparc, Handel, Finzi, McConchy and Bizet

performed by Clementine Collett, Sam Clarke, Clare Cavenagh, Tom Mullock, Carys Brown and Constance Ayrton

Friday 9 March

Orchestral Concert 8-10pm, Chapel

Mozart Magic Flute Overture, Symphony no. 40 in G minor

Matthew Gibson and Jamie Conway, a concert of Mozart & Brahms Double Concerto (with soloists Stephanie Childress and Laura van der Heijden)

Saturday 17 March

SJV Concert 12.30pm, Chapel

Including Bach Komm Jesu, Komm, Allegri Miserere, Harris Faire is the Heaven.

Monday 19 March

College Choir Concert 7pm, Chapel

Including Parry Blest pair of sirens, Rachmaninov Cherubic Hymn and works by Britten, Howells, Poulenc and Stanford.

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)