The Eglesfield Musical Society is run by a committee of students and our aim is to provide a wide variety of musical opportunities for all members of the Queen’s JCR and MCR. We have four non-auditioning ensembles, Chorus, A Cappella, Orchestra and Jazz Band, which are led by students and perform twice a year in concerts.
For those who are looking for solo opportunities, we have a Saturday lunchtime recital series where students are welcome to perform. These run weekly, like the Organ Recitals, which feature visiting organists from around the world. There are also opportunities to perform solos at the concerts in Michaelmas and Hilary terms.
If karaoke sounds more like your idea of soloing, we also work with the JCR Entz Reps to put on open mic nights in the Beer Cellar, as well as a jazz evening in Hilary. The summer musical is another great way to get involved in college musical activities: the EMS collaborates with the Eglesfield Players (the college drama society) to put on a musical every Trinity. With the performances taking place well before exams begin, everyone has the chance to get involved, either performing, working backstage or on the production team.
Encouraging music across college also involves supporting students who are interested in putting on their own performances, such as the recent performance of Dido and Aeneas. These opportunities are more limited but any student who has a good idea of what they want to put on should bring it along to an EMS meeting for discussion. We also support students who want to put together their own small ensembles by putting them in touch with other Queen’s students who have similar interests so that those interested in any style – jazz, rock, English folk – can come together.
No matter what your musical tastes, background and abilities are, the EMS will have something for you.