Latest Updates for the coming term
Fortunately we are able to put on weekly recitals, every Friday evening at 6:30, which can be attended by any members of Robinson College. Please find our Michaelmas Term Card, outlining our Friday Concerts, below.
If you would rather not attend in person, all our concerts are being livestreamed on our Facebook page.
What does RCMS offer during term time?
Events and Festivals • Monday and Friday Recitals • End of term concerts
Monday and Friday Recitals
End of term concerts • Events and Festivals
Events and Festivals
Monday and Friday Recitals
End of term concerts
A central showcase for Robinson music-making is the series of bi-weekly Recitals. Friday evening recitals at 6:30pm are the main recital slot and provide 40 minutes of entertainment before Formal Hall. The Monday Lunchtime recitals, held at 1:15pm, are more formal and offer the performer(s) the chance to programme a recital of up to an hour. All these recitals are free and welcome to all.
As well as regular recitals, there are often larger, special concerts throughout the year.
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 have we been 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 entitled ‘RCMS from Home’ was initiated which consisted of members of the College community and friends sending in clips of their music-making at home.
There were eight concerts all shared live on Facebook and YouTube at 6:30pm every Friday of term, the regular time for RCMS recitals. There was an eclectic mix of many genres, from classical to jazz to war-time songs, performed by a wide range of musicians.
It was wonderful to see many people continuing their wish to make music despite restrictions and an inability to perform with other people in real time. It has been very difficult to sustain a community with a virtual term, however we hope that we have been able to do this through the medium of music.