A Message from our President

A very warm welcome to Robinson College Music Society!

As this year’s president, I am proud to welcome you to our music society, the RCMS. Robinson has a vibrant, welcoming society, whether you are a beginner, seasoned performer or simply after a brilliant concert. We currently have a wide range of ensembles including our jazz band and orchestra, as well as two choirs, and encourage all types and levels of music making.

 Our bi-weekly recitals, enjoyed by students and fellows alike, showcase a variety of the musical talent at Robinson, and are definitely a must-see event!

In addition, our auditorium, theatre and chapel with Frobenius Organ are available for musical events of all kinds, and we are of course always excited to hear from anyone interested in joining one of our groups, putting on a performance, giving a recital or joining the committee.

Here you can find out about the fantastic music scene at Robinson, and support or get involved with the society’s projects and recital series. We look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts!

Carl Ashworth, RCMS president.

Carl playing an arrangement of Deep Harmony for three trombones and piano.

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A Message from our President

A very warm welcome to Robinson College Music Society!

As this year’s president, I am proud to welcome you to our music society, the RCMS. Robinson has a vibrant, welcoming society, whether you are a beginner, seasoned performer or simply after a brilliant concert. We currently have a wide range of ensembles including our jazz band and orchestra, as well as two choirs, and encourage all types and levels of music making.

 Our bi-weekly recitals, enjoyed by students and fellows alike, showcase a variety of the musical talent at Robinson, and are definitely a must-see event!

In addition, our auditorium, theatre and chapel with Frobenius Organ are available for musical events of all kinds, and we are of course always excited to hear from anyone interested in joining one of our groups, putting on a performance, giving a recital or joining the committee.

Here you can find out about the fantastic music scene at Robinson, and support or get involved with the society’s projects and recital series. We look forward to seeing you at one of our concerts!

Carl Ashworth, RCMS president.

Carl playing an arrangement of Deep Harmony for three trombones and piano.

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About Us

Robinson College Music Society provides a focal point for the rich musical culture in the College. Previous performances include Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, Bach’s Brandenburg concertos, Pirates of Penzance, a new symphony by a current Robinson student and full cycle of Beethoven’s Piano Concerti. RCMS is student-run and reflects the enthusiasms of current students.


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At its heart, RCMS is a society for the members of the College, therefore there are many groups established for group music-making. These include an orchestra, jazz band, rock band, a chamber music project, and ‘Vocal Chords’ – a non-auditioned choir performing songs and non-classical vocal music. These are open to all with no audition or past ensemble experience needed. These groups give opportunities for student conductors and for student compositions to be performed. The Chapel Choir is also an integral part of college music who perform twice a week for services in the College Chapel. RCMS is open to all genres and are passionate about supporting and promoting any style of music. We are always keen to welcome new ventures from incoming and current students and are happy to set up new groups and ensembles to support all music-making in the College.

RCMS is very lucky to have some excellent facilities open to all which help to foster a strong musical community. These spaces are used for regular performances as well as rehearsals for a range of ensembles.

The RCO performs Beethoven's First Piano Concerto with Aristo Sham.

We work alongside College Fellow and Director of Music Dr Jeremy Thurlow, who is always very keen to support any music-making in the College.

The college is also very close to the West Road Concert Hall, a wonderful venue which is the centre of music-making both for the University and the City: from Robinson it is just 2 minutes’ walk.

The music society is open to all and is always very happy to welcome new members. You can find our sign up form here.