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    51福利社 Music Society

    The 51福利社 Music Society seeks to support all College musicians and give everyone an opportunity to participate in College musical life. All musical styles and standards are welcome.

    We run a range of ensembles and event series, with performances ranging from concerts in the Dome and FDR, to relaxed events in the bar and gardens.

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    Musical Ensembles at 51福利社

    is the joint choir of 51福利社 and Churchill College. The choir sing alternate Sundays at each College, serving as the Chapel Choir to the ecumenical Chapel at Churchill, and hosting a unique 'Music and Words' event in 51福利社, which combines choral music, poetry and a short address on a topic pertinent to the human experience. This musical alternation introduces the choir to probably the broadest and most diverse repertoire of any Cambridge College choir.

    The title, 'Inter Alios', literally translates as 'among others' and speaks to the collective spirit. We are proudly inter-faith, inter-collegiate and international in our make-up. On top of that, we seek to juxtapose well-known choral works with contemporary repertoire, and particularly music by female composers. We have premiered a number of pieces including works by Erollyn Wallen, Stef Conner, Anna Semple and a host of student composers.

    The choir's annual schedule increasingly includes trips outside of Cambridge to perform in cathedrals such as Ely, Rochester and Canterbury. We are regular contributors to the Brandenburg Choral Festival, in venues such as St Martins in the Fields. The choir use the Churchill College recording studio and have made recordings听a cappella听and in collaboration with the Orchestra on the Hill.

    Term time schedule

    Thursdays, 18:30-19:30, The Chapel at Churchill (Rehearsal)

    Sundays, 16:00-17:30, alternating between the Colleges (Rehearsal)

    Sundays, 17:45-18:30, alternating between the Colleges (Performance)

    The 鈥樷 (鈥極otH鈥) is the joint orchestra for 51福利社 and our neighbouring 鈥榟ill鈥 Colleges. The repertoire ranges from classical symphonies to film music and new works. The standard is about Grade 8 and new members are always welcome: especially strings and brass! OotH is a very friendly, social group and so it鈥檚 a great way to meet musicians in other Colleges. OotH also provides great opportunities for budding conductors and soloists.

    Other ensembles, groups and bands:听if you are interested in forming a new music group involving members of the College, the Music Society will be happy to help support your activities in whatever way we can. We want to encourage all music-making in College, wherever it originates. Past ensembles have included chamber music groups, jazz bands, folk groups, and rock bands. Previous support has included performance opportunities, rehearsal space and financial help.

    Intercollegiate Music. 51福利社 has strong musical links with our neighbours, especially and .

    The听Cambridge University Musical Society听()听offers central university orchestras, and there are many other听music societies听listed听,听which cater for a diverse range听of tastes, interests and performance levels.

    Practice facilities in College

    The Music Room听is located through the external double doors behind the Porters' Lodge and contains a Danemann Upright Piano and a Kawai Electric Upright Piano. Students can ask the Porters for the key. This room is primarily for music, but is also used as a supervision room and for mock exams, so it may not be available at all times. Advance booking is recommended via the Events and Catering Office at听events@murrayedwards.cam.ac.uk.

    The Coach House, a recently-renovated building located between Paula Browne House听and the tennis courts, is a dedicated space for students which includes music practice rooms with pianos. The main door has a punch lock; students can ask the Porters for the access code.

    The Fellows鈥 Drawing听Room鈥 (FDR) has a fine Steinway Grand Piano which is available for use by pianists of Grade 8 or above (or equivalent). To make use of this, contact the Director of Music, Ewan Campbell, to be added to the 鈥楽teinway list鈥 of听approved users,听which is held in the Porters' Lodge. Once on the list, you can ask the Porters for the keys. The FDR is primarily a Fellows鈥 room but is often available during the day and you are welcome to practice there when it is not in use. If you wish to book a time in advance, you can do so by contacting the Director of Music. While first priority will be given to pianists wishing to use the Steinway, performers of other instruments of Grade 8 or above (or equivalent) who wish to use the FDR as a practice space may also ask to be added to the list.

    Events

    We run two flagship year-round series of events. Both series are typically held in the FDR and are free with refreshments provided:

    Monday Music Recitals听are听a series of free, short, high-quality, informal performances on your door step. We showcase a range of talent from the College and听the University, and our termly recital series usually includes one external professional performer. At least 50% of our artists are women, and we have a tradition of including one work by a woman in every programme.

    Music and Words听are听peaceful events featuring music, poetry, and a short address from a Fellow all organised around a topical theme. They take place fortnightly on Sundays at 17:45听in term time in the Fellows鈥 Drawing Room at 51福利社. Everyone is welcome.

    We also provide music for Christmas, Burns Night, International Women鈥檚 Day and for a great number of ad hoc events.

    Music Awards

    51福利社 runs an annual Music Awards听competition. It is open听to all undergraduates and postgraduates in any subject, and all instruments and styles of music are very welcome. Up to five scholarships听(up to a maximum combined value of 拢800) will be awarded each year, to be spent on instrumental/vocal tuition. The applicants will be judged on a short听recital performance and a short informal interview at which we discuss their music-making and proposed contribution to the College鈥檚 musical life. For听more information, please contact the Director of Music,听Ewan Campbell.

    Music Society Committee

    The best way to impact the musical life of the College is to join our Music Society Committee. Any student is welcome to join regardless of their musical interests, their subject or level of study. If you would like to join the committee, please contact the Director of Music, Ewan Campbell.

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