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Music at Wolfson

Practice & performance are an essential part of College life

Under the direction of Lyn Alcántara, Wolfson has a thriving Music Society and College Choir with a full programme of concerts. 

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Lent Term Calendar

Wolfson has returned to a busy programme of concerts this year:

Tue 31 Jan The Making of Jamaica’s ‘First Composer’: Rethinking Samuel Felsted (1743-1802) Talk by Wolfson PhD student Wayne Weaver in collaboration with the Humanities Society.
Tue 7 Feb Lent Term College Service A 45-minute religious service led by the College Chaplains with music from Wolfson College Choir and pianist Patrick Pan.
Fri 17 Feb Jazz and Madeira Hear pianist and Wolfson alumnus, Dr Franz Nowak perform with Tiago Coimbra (bass) at this after-dinner performance in the Lee Hall.
Sat 11 Mar Lunchtime Concert: Homage to the Noble Grape

Performance by the Cambridge University Brass Ensemble with conductor Chistopher Lawrence

Sun 19 Mar Lent Term Concert & Choir Reunion Wolfson College Choir and Alumni perform works including Rutter's GLORIA! accompanied by Prime Brass, celebrating Lynette Alcántara's 30th anniversary leading the choir.

Download the Lent Term Calendar here

 

2021/22 academic year concerts included

Choir concerts: Vivaldi Gloria with Baroque ensemble, a tribute for the 150th anniversary of Vaughan Williams, carol performances, services and summer garden parties.
Music & Madeira (our after dinner recital series): Kevin Loh (guitar), CU Brass Band
Mary Bevan Recital: Piano recital by winners of the CUMS Concerto Competition - Patrick Pan and Mark Zang
Lunchtime Concerts: Full Fathom Five madrigal group, CueMe (CU Experimental Music Ensemble), CU Brass Ensemble, Daniel Phillips (violin)
Early Music Series: Dan Tidhar (harpsichord) & Hazel Brooks (Baroque violin)

The College has several rehearsal spaces and practice instruments, and offers financial support for students of music. Wolfson has a regular stream of students studying at the Faculty of Music.

Musical events

We are delighted to offer a wide range of concerts throughout the year. 

  • Our Lunchtime Concert Series is held on Saturdays at 13.30 in the Lee Hall and showcases musical talent from across the University see the College's website for details.
  • We produce major choral concerts at the end of both Michaelmas and Lent terms where the College Choir is able to showcase its work, along with talented Wolfson soloists and ensembles. We also feature guests performers from time to time such as the BBC Radio 2 Young Chorister of the Year, Prime Brass and soloists from The BBC Singers.
  • Following some Formal Halls, Music & Madeira offers professional concerts in the Lee Hall. Recent performances include Deco Ensemble, flautist Daniel Pailthorpe, tenor Andrew Kennedy, Classico Latino, The Revolutionary Drawing room, The King's Men and guitarist Craig Ogden, Ignacio Maña-Mesas (saxophone), Donal McCann (piano) and The Austen Trio. Lent Term's music and madeira was given by leading Singaporean guitarist, Kevin Loh.
  • Occasional Early Music recitals happen on selected Friday evenings before Formal Hall at 6.30pm.
  • Our end-of-year concert is The Mary Bevan Recital given by winners of the Cambridge University Musical Society Concerto competition (Wolfson has many talented musicians including prize winners in 2022 and 2020 and winners in 2019 and 2012.
  • The College Choir performs at the annual end of year garden parties and various carolling events.
  • The Chamber Singers sing at prestigious College dinners and events.

Take a look at the events feed at the bottom of the page to see our upcoming events or view some of our recent performances in the Media Collection.

Music Scholarships

A number of musical scholarships are available for talented accompanists and singers. Find out more.

How can you get Involved?

  • We also help students and visitors develop music literacy skills and music appreciation through membership of the College Choir, attendance at concerts and access to keyboard instruments for practice.
     
  • Would you like to give a recital in a warm and relaxed environment? If so, our Saturday lunchtime concert series is for you!
     
  • There is a collection of scores for use by current students in the Fuchs House Music Room. 
     
  • The Music Society Committee is always looking for keen members.
     
  • Why not volunteer to steward at a concert?

Get in Touch

Ms Lyn Alcántara - Director of Music
Saman Samadi - Music Society President
Dr Lucy Wilson - Choir Registrar
Dr Stephen Wilford - Director of Studies

What's on

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Lent Term College Service

07/02/2023 at 18.15

Wolfson's termly College Service led by our ecumenical Chaplaincy Team.

Photos of performers Frank Nowak and Tiago Coimbra

Jazz and Madeira

17/02/2023 at 21.00

Hear pianist and Wolfson alumnus, Dr Franz Nowak perform with Tiago Coimbra (bass) at this after-dinner performance in the Lee Hall.

Photograph of the Cambridge University Brass Ensemble

Saturday Lunchtime Concert Series: Homage to the Noble Grape

11/03/2023 at 13.30

We are delighted to welcome the Cambridge University Brass Ensemble, with conductor Christopher Lawrence, to Wolfson to perform as part of our lunchtime concert series.

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