What’s On

Latest Updates for the coming term

The weekly Friday concerts have resumed after the onslaught of various lockdowns and cancellations. These concerts are free to attend and take place at 18:30 in the chapel. Alongside these, we also hold various additional concerts, some of which are ticketed. The schedule can be seen in the term card below.

We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back and making music again.

What does RCMS offer during term time?

Events and Festivals  •  Friday Recitals  •  End of term concerts

Friday Recitals
End of term concerts  •  Events and Festivals

Events and Festivals

Friday Recitals 

End of term concerts

A central showcase for Robinson music-making is the series of bi-weekly Recitals. Friday evening recitals at 18:30 are the main recital slot and provide 40 minutes of entertainment before Formal Hall.  All these recitals are free and welcome to all.

As well as regular recitals, there are often larger, special concerts throughout the year.

 

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Over the past year RCMS has welcomed external, professional musicians and hosted an interdisciplinary arts festival entitled ‘Festival of Light’ which looked at the influence of light on art and specifically theological art. A real highlight of the year was welcoming the well-renowned young professional pianist Aristo Sham to play all five of Beethoven’s piano concerti as part of the Beethoven 250 Festival.

Aristo played alongside the newly formed Robinson College Community Orchestra, an associate ensemble of the society, and some Robinson student conductors. These concerts were of a truly professional standard and it was wonderful opportunity to show the wealth of talent within the society. These concerts were filmed and can be found on our YouTube and Facebook pages.

What we were up to during the pandemic

RCMS from Home: Our online weekly concert series

When strict lockdown restrictions were put in place and Easter Term 2020 went online, it looked bleak for Cambridge music. RCMS, however, wanted to maintain hope and morale through these difficult times by continuing to share music for the College and wider Cambridge community.

A new series of concerts titled ‘RCMS from Home’ consisted of members of the College community and friends sending in videos of their music-making at home.

 

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Eight concerts were shared live on Facebook and YouTube at 18:30 every Friday of term. There was an eclectic mix of many genres, from classical to jazz, and even some war-time songs, performed by a wide range of musicians.

It was wonderful to see so many people continuing their wish to make music despite the restrictions, which made performing with other people in real time difficult. It has been challenging to sustain a community through the virtual term, however we hope that we have been able to do this through music.

Above is an example of one of our ‘RCMS from Home’ online concerts, and you can access the rest either from our YouTube channel, or on our Listen page.