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Churchill College is home to an active music scene which draws together much of its student, fellow, and staff membership. We enjoy an impressive range of facilities for music, including a purpose-built music centre (2007) with a Steinway Grand piano (model B) and a two-manual harpsichord made for the College by David Rubio in 1983.

Above: The Churchill College Music Centre

The Churchill College Music Society (‘ChuMS’) maintains a large roster of active ensembles including 'Inter Alios', our Chapel Choir, which sings one service per week on Sunday evenings during term; the ‘Hill Chorus’, an unauditioned chorus singing an eclectic range of repertoire in termly concerts and other events; and the highly-regarded Churchill Jazz Band. ChuMS also maintains strong links with its neighbouring colleges in joint ventures such as the shared college orchestra (the ‘Orchestra on the Hill’), and promotes solo and smaller-scale groups, fostering a lively chamber music scene and numerous rock bands.

The ChuMS concert calendar centres on a series of regular recitals at 6.15 in the Recital Room on Fridays in full term. These recitals are given by a range of performers, including student groups, visiting professional music by-fellows, and invited, external, professional artists. Recent highlights have included a first-ever recording of music at Churchill and a performance at the world-famous venue of St Martin-in-the-Fields, London, with professional soloists and orchestra.

Churchill Chorus, Easter 2013

Above: The Churchill Chorus

There is a very generous range of music bursaries on offer to Churchill students. Not only does the Churchill participate in all the central university award schemes for music (offering organ, choral, and instrumental awards) but we also run annual auditions for internal college bursaries to support instrumentalists, singers, accompanists, and even choral conductors.

You can see a list of future events organised by the music society and affiliated groups on the right-hand side of the page, or by clicking on the 'Events' link in the menu bar at the left. Other events that are deemed to be of interest to the members of the society may be sent out on the music mailing list: contact us for such requests.

To find out more about the society, click on the links at the left.

Dr. Mark Gotham,
Director of Music-Making.


The college has released a list of our currently available and planned recordings:

These are available to buy at the Porters' Lodge!

Submitted by Sam Ainsworth on Tue, 2016-11-22 02:00.
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Music Bursaries and Sizarships

Applications are now invited from students for:
1. The three Sizarships in Music, Theatre and the Visual Arts
2. Choral Scholarships
3. Instrumental/Vocal Bursaries
4. The Accompanist Bursary
5. College Choir Directorship
These awards run for the calendar year from January 2017 (except for Choral Scholarships which run for the academic year 2016-17).
A "Sizar" is someone who, in exchange for a modest payment, plays an active part in making music, theatre or the visual arts happen in Churchill.

Further information and application forms for these awards can be found on the College website: Bursaries and Sizarships.

Hard copy application forms are also available from the Tutorial Office.
The closing date for applications for these awards is Wednesday 16 November. Auditions for the Choral Scholarships, Instrumental/Vocal and Accompanist Bursaries will be held on Tuesday 22 November 2016.

Submitted by Sam Ainsworth on Thu, 2016-11-03 00:37.
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Welcome Freshers 2016!

Welcome to all new freshers! We have a great lineup of concerts for this term, and a packed schedule of open rehearsals for our various groups in the following week.

Please come along to the open rehearsals of our lighthearted, eclectic chorus, our high standard chapel choir, and our joint orchestra with the other hills colleges, Orchestra on the Hill.

Submitted by Sam Ainsworth on Tue, 2016-10-04 02:07.
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'The Bird of Paradise': an inaugural recording from the Churchill College Music Society

The college music society's 2014-15 recording has now been released!

You can hear them at our Soundcloud, and download the lossless files here.

Submitted by Sam Ainsworth on Fri, 2015-06-12 07:50.
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Adrian Bradbury and Oliver Davies Concert

Please come to the Recital Room this Friday at 6:30PM to hear our extremely talented By-Fellows perform some great music!

Free entry. More details here.

See you then!

Submitted by Sam Ainsworth on Mon, 2015-05-11 22:52.
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New Sheet Music Section

Hi folks,

Just a post mentioning the list of sheet music we've put up on the left. If anyone (college only!) wants to borrow any of the music in the list, contact the DoMM or Sizar.

Submitted by Sam Ainsworth on Thu, 2014-07-17 05:01.
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Easter Term Concerts

Hello Churchillians,

Take a look at the upcoming events list to the right, for a selection of exciting concerts this term! All are fairly short (generally 40 minutes or less), so you have no excuse not to come along for a short break from revision to refresh your minds, and to listen to some spectacular live performances.

Also, like our Facebook page for more news:

Submitted by Sam Ainsworth on Wed, 2014-04-23 11:04.
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Hi everyone,

don't forget to come to the CIMACC event tomorrow evening (23rd April) at 6pm!

The last concert was brilliant and I'm sure this one will be equally so.

Submitted by Sam Ainsworth on Sun, 2013-04-21 22:12.
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Bursaries and Sizarships: 2012-13

Hello fellow Churchillians,

The time has come to consider the fabulous music bursaries we have on offer here at Churchill; we have them for instruments and voice, as well as separate choral scholarships.

We are also looking for people interested in being the College Accompanist, to accompany Churchill Choir on Piano, and a College Choir director.

For any of the roles above, you can read more about them and find applications forms here.

...but wait, there's more! If you'd be interested in controlling the entire musical scene of the college, then the Music Sizarship would be perfect for you. You can read more about Sizarships and find applications forms here.

If any of you are reading this and thinking of applying for any of these, please do consider it some more and send off an application; the deadlines are on the links above.

Submitted by Sam Ainsworth on Thu, 2012-10-04 04:51.
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