Music rehearsal & recording

Music Centre

With rehearsal and recording facilities, a Steinway grand piano and a Rubio harpsichord, Churchill's Music Centre is a popular facility for the many members of the College that are musically inclined. With a number of active music clubs and societies, the space is a perfect place for performance practice and recording, and can be booked throughout the academic year.

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Instruments

Harpsichord

The harpsichord in the Recital room of the Music Centre is available for use by any member of the College. Given the delicate nature of the instrument, great care must be taken when playing.

Please read the guide below and contact the Director of Music-Making if you have any questions.

Harpsichord care guide


Clavinovas

The College owns eight Yamaha Clavinovas (electric pianos). We aim to provide each of our full-time students of Music and the Music Sizar, with a Clavinova free of charge. Other students can hire any remaining pianos at a cost of £30 per term.

If you are interested in hiring a Clavinova please contact the Tutorial Assistant. If there are more applicants than instruments, your name will be placed on a waiting list, and the instruments will be allocated on a first-request first-served basis.

Renting a Clavinova


Chapel organ

The Chapel has an extension organ now with a mobile console and a Dulciana 8 (44 pipes) added to Manual 1.

Any member of College who plays the organ is welcome to play the Chapel organ. If you are interested please contact the Director of Music-Making.

Details & specifications


Chapel grand piano

The Chapel also houses a Yamaha grand piano. Anyone is welcome to use this piano for practice but you are asked, when you have finished playing, to close the lid over the keyboard, replace the cover and take your music away with you. Please also note that organists practising for Chapel services and any event which might be taking place in the Chapel take precedence over private piano practice. Please do not move the piano close to the radiators.

Access to the Chapel

The Chapel door is kept locked but can be opened by your room key. Please remember to switch off all lights and make sure the door locks behind you when you leave.

Music at Churchill College

Details of music-related activities, groups and scholarships.

Director of Music-Making

Mark Gotham is a composer, conductor, and scholar based in Cambridge, UK. 

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Music events at Churchill

Upcoming music events and concerts at Churchill College.

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Music scholarships & bursaries

Financial support for music students, musicians and singers at Churchill.

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Music Society (ChuMS)

The College’s largest and most inclusive societies, drawing membership from students and staff who share a common interest in music. 

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Orchestra on the Hill

A student-run combined college orchestra promoting good musicianship with a reputation for innovative programming.

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Centre for Intercultural Musicology

A forum for the development of expertise in the integrated fields of historical musicology and ethnomusicology.

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Birds of Paradise recording

An inaugural recording, celebrating the musical life of College. Directed by Mark Gotham.

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2015 May Week Concert: Mozart's Requiem

Featuring Churchill musicians and singers.

Conducted by Mark Gotham.

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