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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, 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.

Inter Alios, Lent 2019

Above: Inter Alios, Lent 2019

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.


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 14:00.
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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 12:37.
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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 19:50.
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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 Tue, 2015-05-12 10:52.
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New Sheet Music Section

Hi all,

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 17:01.
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Fairhaven Singers Concert

Just received this - student price is £7.50

Fairhaven Singers Concert

Saturday 26th January 2008 at 7.30pm

West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge

The Fairhaven Singers are joined by The Cambridge Philharmonic orchestra for a thrilling concert of English music conducted by Ralph Woodward. The programme opens with Parry’s wonderful Blest Pair of Sirens, described by Vaughan Williams as the greatest piece of music ever written by an Englishman. Then stunning mezzo-soprano Olivia Ray will sing Elgar’s evocative and romantic Sea Pictures.

The second half consists of Midwinter by rising star Will Todd. Soprano Sarah Blood and baritone Mark Oldfield are the soloists in this passionate and lyrical cantata telling of the miraculous birth of a child in the snow.

Tickets cost £15/£12(concessions) and are available from the Corn Exchange Box Office, Wheeler Street, Cambridge, tel: 01223 357851, or on the door.

Submitted by Admin on Thu, 2008-01-17 21:24.
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Cambridge Szeged Society concert

I've just received the following in an email:

We hope you will have members interested in attending our Concert on 19th January.

Local Pianist Marie Noelle Kendall & Pal Banda 'cellist with the Allegri quartet play a selection of pieces for their instruments.

Our first cultural event of 2008 continues from our November (2007) celebrations of 20 years of twinning with our Hungarian sister city, and reminds us of the contribution made by Hungarian music to the 20th Century.

We look forward to meeting your members - and would be grateful if you could display our attached poster.
With Thanks,
Julia Seiber Boyd
Chair, Cambridge Szeged Society

The following additional information is attached:

7 pm on 19 January 2008

The Queen’s Building
Emmanuel College

Marie Noelle Kendall (piano) & Pal Banda (‘cello)


Beethoven - Sonata in A major (op. 69)
Kodály - Sonata for ‘cello and piano


Seiber - Phantasy for piano & ‘cello
Brahms - Sonata in E minor (op.38)

Tickets:- £10 advance booking and concessions

Submitted by Admin on Sun, 2008-01-13 19:37.
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