Excellent facilities for individual and group rehearsal are available in the two Music Practice Rooms, one equipped with a grand piano and the other with an upright piano and harpsichord. In addition to the organ, the chapel contains a concert grand piano and a fine harpsichord, and is acoustically one of the best chapels in Oxford for musical performance. The Shulman Auditorium houses the College’s Steinway, and is used for weekly recitals and instrumental and vocal teaching during term-time.
The Chapel Choir
The mixed-voice Chapel Choir is widely regarded as the finest such choir in Oxford. It is directed by the Organist (Professor Owen Rees) and the Organ Scholars; the singers include Choral Scholars (up to eighteen at any one time), Choral Exhibitioners from other colleges, and volunteers. The Choir sings for Evensong three times a week during term; it gives at least one major concert each term (working regularly with professional orchestras), and undertakes tours and short visits both within this country and abroad. Find out more here.
There are weekly lunchtime organ recitals in College (the College organ – built by the Danish firm of Frobenius in 1965 – is one of the finest in the country). Find out more here.
Eglesfield Musical Society
The EMS hosts a termly recital series in the chapel and Shulman Auditorium, which is open to students and guests. Admission is free with a retiring collection. This term's full programme can be found here.
All enquires regarding recitals may be directed to our Recitals Manager, Helen Hardy.
The Eglesfield Musical Society, named after our Founder (and the oldest music society in Oxford), organises a substantial series of concerts and other events each year, ranging from chamber music and orchestral recitals to jazz and pop nights. These provide abundant performing and conducting opportunities for the College’s many musicians, as well as featuring visiting artists.
The EMS Orchestra is a student-run ensemble which welcomes players of mixed abilities, as well as being a form of integration between the undergraduate and postgraduate scenes within the College. Recent undertakings include Dvorak's Symphony No. 8, Schubert's Unfinished Symphony and Beethoven's Coriolan Overture.
The newly formed EMS A Capella group aims to allow students from Queen's and other colleges to sing vocal arrangements of well-known pieces, but without the pressure of better known ensembles. The music ranges from smooth jazz to pop, and the weekly student-led rehearsals are always fun. As well as performing in EMS concerts, the A Capella group has the opportunity to provide entertainment at College events.
The EMS Jazz Band allows musicians of all abilities to come together and enjoy a variety of styles including jazz, swing and funk. Oxford has a big jazz scene but it can sometimes be intimidating if you're not a seasoned jazz musician, so if you're Grade 8 classical sax or Grade 2 trumpet, a pro at improvisation or terrified at the mere thought, come along to the EMS Jazz Band and have fun. There are plenty of opportunities for solos for those who want them, but those with less experience and confidence will have a great time too.
The College String Quartet is the only auditioned EMS ensemble and plays to a high standard, both in College and at external events. Vacancies are advertised within College - all Queen's JCR and MCR members are welcome to apply.