Music at Queens’

MagSoc, formally the St Margaret’s Society of Queens’, is the Queens’ College Music Society. Founded in 1884, MagSoc is one of the longest-running music societies in Cambridge, and it is run entirely by students. To get involved or for more information, please feel free to get in touch with president, Tom Hiom ( The society is proud to include the MagSoc Chorus, the largest non-audition chorus in Cambridge. The Chorus usually joins together with the MagSoc Symphony Orchestra to perform one large-scale work each term; recently performed works include Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s Gloria, Haydn’s Nelson Mass, Fauré’s Requiem and Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’. Rehearsals, which take place on Thursday evenings in Queens’ Chapel, 8.00-10.00, are informal and fun, and include a break for wine and biscuits! MagSoc also supports a choir for experienced choral singers, Queens’ Voices, which performs a concert of lighter choral pieces each term, and other chamber choirs are regularly constructed to perform individual concerts and at May Balls.

Instrumentalists may be interested in joining one or both of the Queens’ orchestras. The MagSoc Symphony Orchestra, as well as accompanying the chorus, performs at least one large orchestral work in each end-of-term concert. Rehearsals take place in the fortnight before the performance, and good sight readers are always welcome. The MagSoc Concert Orchestra, which holds friendly, relaxed rehearsals every week on Saturday evenings, gives a termly concert in Queens’ Chapel; players of all standards are invited to participate. If you are interested in playing in either ensemble, please contact MagSoc’s Orchestral Manager Miranda Whitmarsh (mlmw3), and if you are considering playing a concerto, please contact Lucy Morris (ljm82). The orchestral managers’ email address is MagSoc is also glad to support chamber music in Queens’, and recently our chamber groups gave performances of Dvorak’s American Quartet and Mendelssohn’s Octet, as well as regular performances at May Balls and Garden Parties.

MagSoc also runs a series of weekly recitals on Monday evenings. The recitals last up to half an hour and are free, offering a chance to listen to some great music as a break from busy college life. We are always looking for people keen to perform all or part of a recital, whether on their own or as part of an ensemble, so please email Alex Hardwick ( if you are interested.

Queens’ prides itself on strongly encouraging student conducting, and provides a range of opportunities for those who wish to conduct. All MagSoc performances, both choral and orchestral, are conducted by students, and MagSoc is keen to encourage those new to conducting with mentoring and assistant conductor opportunties, so don’t worry if you have no previous experience!

For more information about MagSoc, and music at Queens’ and in the university, check out our website (, find us at the CUSU and Queens’ Freshers’ Fairs, or email president, Tom Hiom (

Luke Chapman
Luke Chapman,
Sports, Societies and Entertainments Officer