St Catharine's College Music Society is one of the most active music societies in Cambridge. We hold regular events in College that cater for as many musical tastes as possible.
We hold termly orchestral and choral concerts, at which any member of College is welcome to perform. The May Week concert is the biggest and most well attended concert of the year, held on Main Court itself. The orchestra performs a wide range of popular classics, film and show music, with Pimms and strawberries served in the interval. We have also put on a series of special concerts performing new music by St Catharine's College students, including a new opera and student composers' concerts.
We are very lucky to be able to present the Kellaway Recital Series, made possible by the kind donations of Donald Kellaway, which welcomes professional musicians to Catz to perform and give masterclasses, as well as performances by talented St. Catharine's students. We also hold the popular fortnightly concert series 'Chill in the Chapel'. It gives the opportunity for anyone in college to perform any type of music they wish (from classical to pop) in a casual and relaxed atmosphere, with cushions, candles and hot chocolate served afterwards.
News from 2013-14
The Music Society had an exciting start to the year. With the opening of the fantastic new bar, a series of Jazz nights has been initiated, featuring some of the best jazz musicians around Cambridge, including Catz' very own Gregor Forbes. The success of the first night has inspired two further events in the Lent Term, to complement the Kellaway Jazz concert in February. We hope that this series can continue with the next committee.
Scatz has also experienced a new lease of life with some hugely successful performances last term, including the Christmas concert and Chill in the Chapel. Led by the enthusiastic James Bartlett, Scatz has more members than ever, with a regular cohort of around 15-20 people, reaching 30 on occasion.
The arrival of talented new freshers greatly boosted Catz Orchestra for the Christmas Concert. We now boast a full wind and brass section (3 bassoonists!) and some very strong string players. Grieg's In the Hall of the Mountain King was a particular highlight, along with Chapel Choir's rendition of Fantasia on Christmas Carols by Vaughan Williams, featuring Adrian Ball as the soloist.