The College has a rich and varied musical life. Our joint orchestra with St Anne’s College (SASJO) is a non-auditioned orchestra which performs regularly. In Chapel the Choir sings in services twice a week, and gives a full-length concert at least once a term. The College also invites an internationally-renowned organ recitalist to give a concert in the Chapel on its recently-built Aubertin organ each term.
Each year the College invites a Sound Artist in Residence to spend a term in College. They show their existing work, give talks and develop new work in the course of the term.
The Kendrew Concert series brings internationally renowned musicians to college 5 or 6 times a year. Fully funded, the concerts are held free of charge, and have included artists such as Imogen Cooper (piano), the Michelangelo Quartet, and the Guarneri Trio Prague.
Chamber concerts are organised by the Music Society and individual students throughout the year. Presidential Concerts are held twice a term, with performers often from within College.
Sound Artist in Residence for Hilary Term 2017, Marianthi Papalexandri Alexandri, giving a talk about her work.
" St John's is one of the biggest colleges (and so has great facilities) but still has a great feeling of community where you get to know people really well. " Ben, third year PPE student
Exhibitions of visual art by students and professional artists are mounted in the Barn and the Dolphin Gallery throughout the year, and life-drawing classes are available for members of College.
In Trinity Term, the College invites a professional artist to be our Artist in Residence. They are always keen to interact with the students and at the end of term they display the work they have developed here.
St John's College Mummers is one of the oldest and best funded drama societies in the University, and all students interested in drama are encouraged to join in. Mummers organises at least one in-College production a term, be it a full scale drama, comedy revue or Christmas panto. There are performance spaces of all kinds in College, including a purpose-built auditorium and the beautiful gardens.
Find out more at the JCR website.