SELWYN COLLEGE MUSIC SOCIETY (SCMS)
CURRENT TERM CARD (including details of the current term's concerts)
THE MAY WEEK CONCERT will be held on Thursday 21 June at 6:15pm in the chapel. The programme will include music by Bach and Mozart, and a buffet supper will be served afterwards. Admission is by donation (a minimum suggested donation will be indicated on the door).
The Society's 2018 AGM will be held on Thursday 3 May at 10am in the Walters Room. All members are welcome to attend. An Agenda will be posted soon.
Minutes and Reports from the 2017 Junior and Senior committees can be found below.
SCMS presents recitals in the Hall (or sometimes the Chapel) on Sunday evenings during Full Term. Details of this term's concerts can be found on the Term Card (see link above). Performers includeSelwyn instrumentalists and singers, musicians from other colleges, and occasionally young professionals from London and elsewhere. The Society is run by a Junior Committee of annually elected students. A Senior Secretary and a Senior Treasurer, normally both Fellows of the college, oversee the Society’s activities. SCMS membership is free and open to all. Admission to most Sunday recitals will be free from Michaelmas Term 2014. All members are welcome to the Annual General Meeting held at the beginning of each Easter Term. The Society holds a black tie dinner once a year to which all members are invited. Please feel free to contact any of the current committee if you have any questions about SCMS.
JUNIOR COMMITTEE (Easter 2017 to Lent 2018)
JUNIOR TREASURER: Clarissa Wei (cw642)
CONCERT MANAGER: Keir MacGregor (ksm43)
* If you would like to be added to the mailing list of members to receive information about future SCMS concerts, please email the Membership Secretary. Please note that at the 2014 AGM, the decision was taken to abolish membership fees — it is now free to join SCMS.
PRESIDENT: The Master, Mr Roger Mosey
SENIOR SECRETARY: Ms Sarah MacDonald (seam100)
SENIOR TREASURER: Dr Alan Howard (adh29)
A BRIEF HISTORY
The College has had a musical society since very early in its foundation: by the early 1890s its existence was noted in college publications, and as early as 1895 the Society was providing an annual report for the college calendar. The regular routine consisted of fortnightly Sunday evening “smoking concerts” (!), enhanced by one bigger concert each term (a 1950s Lent Term concert consisted of an (unstaged) performance of Handel’s Alcina), and rounded off annually with a May Week Concert.After the Second World War, the then Organ Scholar, Frederick Rimmer, began inviting former servicemen to restart their musical careers in Selwyn’s Hall, a space somewhat less formidable than most London concert venues. Selwyn's tradition of presenting recitals given by young professionals was ahead of its time in Cambridge, and as the concert series grew in prominence and reputation over the decades, the college became well known in both Town and Gown circles for its Sunday recitals. Indeed, in the 1970s, SCMS was even voted “best musical bargain in town” in a Varsity survey. A quick trawl through the college calendar reveals an extraordinary list of performers, many of whom are now household names, as well as, of course, many Selwyn students who performed in Sunday recitals, and who have also gone on to professional careers (they are asterisked in the following list). Performers in Selwyn's Sunday recital series have included singers Robert Tear, Rosemary Joshua, Emma Kirkby, Alfred Deller, Mark Padmore, and Benjamin Luxon; pianists Roy Howat, Robin Wood, Tom Poster, Joanna MacGregor, and Lynn Carter*; harpists Andrew Lawrence-King*, Osian Ellis, and Tanya Houghton*; classical guitarist Julian Bream; harpsichordist and scholar Thurston Dart; violinists Sydney Humphreys and Alexandra Wood*; conductors Raymond Leppard, Neville Marriner, David Willcocks, Boris Ord; horn player Barry Tuckwell; composers Grayston Ives* and Kenneth Leighton; the Medici String Quartet; organists David Lumsden*, Gerald Hendrie*, and John Harper*.
PHOTOS OF SELWYN COLLEGE ORCHESTRA