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SELWYN COLLEGE MUSIC SOCIETY (SCMS)

 
The 2014 AGM will be held on Tuesday 22 April at 10am in the Borradaile Room (opposite the entrance to the Hall). All members of the Society are welcome to attend.
 
The minutes can be found here: AGM MINUTES 2013.
 
 
LENT 2014 TERM CARD (including details of the current term's concerts)
 

 
INTRODUCTION
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 include Selwyn 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 open to all: for a small annual fee, all members receive free admission to most concerts, and 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 2013 to Lent 2014)
JUNIOR SECRETARIES: Lydia Caines (lac63) and Becky Whiteman (rnw28)
JUNIOR TREASURER: Charles Cooper (cfc46)
MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY: Hannah Warwicker (hlw45)
CONCERT MANAGER: Chloe Allison (ca415)
ORCHESTRAL MANAGER: Roshni Mansfield (rcm52)
PUBLICITY OFFICER (DESIGN):Roshni Mansfield (rcm52)
PROGRAMME PUBLISHER: Chloe Allison (ca415)
 
SENIOR COMMITTEE 
PRESIDENT: The Master, Mr Roger Mosey
SENIOR SECRETARY: Ms Sarah MacDonald (seam100)
SENIOR TREASURER: Mr James McComish (jam203)
 
 
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, 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: LENT TERM 2013