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. 


Easter Term Calendar

Sun 5 MayPiano Recital with Samuel FooWolfson College's inaugural Ian Cross Instrumental Scholar Concert will be given by pianist Samuel Foo.
Fri 10 MayMusic and Madeira: Conversations with AngelsThe Alexandra Ensemble performs a programme of music by British composers for soprano (Emma Tring) and violin (Robin Martin).
Sat 11 MayLunchtime Concert: Hindustani Vocal Concert and lectureA lunchtime lecture and concert focussed on k̲h̲ayāl, a system of vocal music within the broader universe of Hindustani music, followed by a brief practical workshop.
Tue 14 MayEaster Term College ServiceA 45-minute religious service led by the College Chaplains with music from Wolfson College Choir.
Sat 18 MayLunchtime Concert: Student MusiciansEnjoy performances by an array of talented Wolfson student singers and instrumentalists.
Sat 8 JunLunchtime Concert: Wolfson Chamber GroupMusic to include Rimsky-Korsakov - Quintet for Piano and Winds in B-flat Major and solo wind repertoire.
Sun 16 JunMary Bevan RecitalJoin us for our annual Mary Bevan concert with prize winners from the prestigious Cambridge University Concerto Competition.

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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 Dinging 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.
  • Either before or after occasional Formal Halls, Music & Madeira offers professional concerts in the Lee Hall (during 2024 these will be in the dining hall). Performances have included Deco Ensemble, flautist Daniel Pailthorpe, tenor Andrew Kennedy, Classico Latino, violinist Rachel Podger, The Revolutionary Drawing room, The King's Men, guitarist Craig Ogden, Ignacio Maña-Mesas (saxophone), Donal McCann (piano), The Austen Trio, guitarist, Kevin Loh, BBC Singers baritone, Jamie W. Hall accompanied by Richard Gowers (piano) and in 2024 The Alexandra Ensemble.
  • 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 Concerto competition (Wolfson has many talented musicians including finalist prize winners in 2022 and 2020, and winners in 2019 and 2012.
  • The College Choir performs at the end of year garden party and various caroling events.
  • The Chamber Singers sing at prestigious College dinners and events and College weddings and funerals.

View some of our performances in the Media Collection.


Music Scholarships

A number of musical scholarships are available for talented instrumentalists, accompanists and singers.


How can you get Involved?

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

  • 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
Dr Stephen Wilford - Director of Studies in Music
Jessi Rogers - Student Music Assistant
Tom Williamson - President, WCMS

What's on

Two images side by side: on the left, a woman holding a clarinet smiles at the camera; on the right, a woman dressed in green plays the violin intently.

The Mary Bevan Recital: Lola Frisby Williams (clarinet) & Imaan Kashim (violin)

16/06/2024 at 19.00

Join us for our annual Mary Bevan concert with prize winners of the prestigious Cambridge University Concerto Competition.

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