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Complimentary. Please note that places for these concerts are limited. We therefore encourage you to register as soon as possible.


You are welcome to bring guests to the concerts.


Old Divinity School, St John’s College, Cambridge.

Music Concert Series

To celebrate the admission of women to St John’s, a music concert series will take place in the College this autumn featuring exceptional alumnae musicians.

The series includes performances from violinist Julia Hwang (2014) and cellist Ghislaine McMullin (2012), works conducted by Stephanie Childress (2015) and compositions from Lara Weaver (2016).

Please scroll down to learn more about these concerts and to register.

Julia Hwang and friends – ‘Contrasts’: music for violin, clarinet and piano

Sunday 30 October, 8pm to 10.30pm

After graduating from St John’s in 2017, multi-prizewinning violinist Julia Hwang continued her studies at the Royal College of Music and is currently a Fulbright Scholar at Yale University. We are delighted to welcome her back to St John’s to perform an exciting programme of duo and trio works with Australian clarinettist Lloyd Van’t Hoff and British pianist James Drinkwater. It includes Poulenc’s ravishing and disturbing violin sonata, dedicated to the memory of Federico Garcia Lorca and colourful trios by Bartok and Khatchaturian.

Meet the musicians over post-concert refreshments in the Central Hall – all welcome!

Kaleidoscope Chamber Collective – chamber music for strings and piano

Wednesday 2 November, 8pm to 10.30pm

Elena Urioste, Melissa White (violins), Rosalind Ventris (viola), Laura van der Heijden (cello), Tom Poster (piano)

Fanny Mendelssohn Piano Quartet, Fauré Piano Quintet No. 1, Lara Weaver New work, Florence Price Piano Quintet

This brilliant chamber ensemble is in international demand and celebrated for its imaginative programming that introduces audiences to neglected gems alongside established classics. This programme features the premiere of a work written by one Johnian alumna, the composer Lara Weaver, for another, the cellist Laura van der Heijden.

Meet the musicians over post-concert refreshments in the Central Hall – all welcome!

Please note that this concert was originally advertised with an incorrect date. The event will take place on Wednesday 2 November.

Stephanie Childress conducts – St John’s Sinfonietta

Saturday 12 November, 8pm to 9.30pm

Stephanie Childress, assistant musical director of the St Louis Symphony Orchestra in Missouri and currently conducting Glyndebourne’s touring production of The Marriage of Figaro returns to St John’s to conduct a sinfonietta ensemble of talented student musicians. The programme includes the world premieres of two new celebratory new works commissioned from Johnian alumnae Victoria Pham and Katrina Toner.

Meet the musicians over post-concert refreshments in the Central Hall – all welcome!

Behn Quartet perform string quartets by Haydn, Tailleferre and Bacewicz

Friday 2 December, 8pm to 10.30pm

The Behn Quartet (whose cellist is Johnian alumna Ghislaine McMullin) takes its name from the seventeenth-century playwright, political activist and philanthropist of the arts, Aphra Behn. Their recital places two refined Neoclassical string quartets from the twentieth centuryalongside one of Haydn’s most effervescent and soulful contributions to the medium. Tailleferre’s only string quartet gained her an invitation to the group of young composers which became known as Les Six, while the fourth and most widely performed of Bacewicz’s seven quartets draws eloquently on elements of Polish folklore.

Meet the musicians over post-concert refreshments in the Central Hall – all welcome!