Music, Arts & Drama

  • MagSoc: The St. Margaret’s Society of Queens’ is the Queens’ College Music Society, run by students to provide high quality and exciting musical opportunities, including a Symphony Orchestra, the largest non-audition chorus in Cambridge, a recital series, concerts at the University Concert Hall, and other musical activities in College such as jazz or musical theatre
  • Queens’ College Chapel Choir is one of the finest mixed choirs in Cambridge, with a busy schedule of services, concerts, tours and recordings
  • BATS is one of the most renowned theatre groups in the University, performing all sorts of repertoire, from Shakespeare on the lawn in Cloister Court to gritty modern drama or musicals in the Fitzpatrick Hall
  • Queens’ is the alma mater of renowned alumni in the world of music and the arts: Paul Greengrass, Joanna Scanlan, Hannah Murray, Stephen Fry, Anna Gillingham, Simon Bird, Roger Michell, Charles Villiers Stanford and many more.

Funds available for Queens' Musicians


The Friends of Queens' Music Fund

  • This is available to any current undergraduate or graduate student member of Queens', or any Musical Society at Queens’. Possible reasons for funding requests might include: private musical tuition; to attend a workshop; public performance; record production; purchase of an instrument; instrument maintenance/repair; manuscript or equipment purchase; and travel costs related to musical pursuits.
  • Applications may be made in advance with receipts submitted within 30 days of the purchase/event. 
  • Deadlines for 2018/19 are: 9 Nov 2018, 15 Feb 2019, 17 May 2019
  • The form can be found under ‘ Financial Assistance’ at the following link: For further information, please contact Mrs Moira Thomson:

The Tyro Music Prize

  • This prize is available to current graduate and undergraduate Queens' students who are not music students or music scholars already, with the aim of encouraging people who play an instrument purely as a hobby to continue their music making whilst at Queens'.
  • To express an interest and get an application form, please email the MagSoc President, Isaac Barkway (inb23).
  • The performers will come together to give an informal concert at 7pm on Wednesday 13th March in Old Hall. At the end of the evening, an award will be made of £100 to one of the entrants, to further their musical life in the college.
  • See this article for more information. Please note that students who are reading Music at Queens', hold a music degree or diploma or who are Organ Scholars or Choral Scholars at Queens' or another institution are not eligible to enter the competition.

Aliki Vatikioti Organ Scholar 2015-2017, Edward Reeve, conducting MagSoc for Mendelssohn’s Elijah (credit Tayo Moore)