MagSoc groups

MagSoc Symphony Orchestra

The Magsoc Symphony Orchestra performs once a term alongside the Magsoc Chorus in West Road Concert Hall. Typically, concerts involve a choral work, a concerto or symphony, and an overture. Recent performances featured Fauré’s Requiem, Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto (soloist: Patrick Bevan), and Mozart’s Symphony No. 39.

The Orchestra rehearses at the end of each term (usually in weeks 7 and 8). In four intense and enjoyable rehearsals you cover all the repertoire for the concert. The orchestra works on a invitation basis, sourcing players from Queens’ and across the university.

For further details, contact the Orchestral Manager (

MagSoc Chorus

The MagSoc Chorus welcomes people of all musical backgrounds, with no audition necessary; the only requirement is that you want to sing! We rehearse weekly in Queens’ College Chapel during Michaelmas and Lent terms, usually working towards a single large performance at the end of each term. Recent performances have included Fauré’s Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, and Handel’s Messiah.

We use a mailing list to communicate details about upcoming Chorus rehearsals and concerts. If you would like to receive these emails, please join the list here.

Other groups

Although not run by MagSoc, we enjoy a close working relationship with these other musical groups in Queens’ College.

Queens’ College Chapel Choir

Queens’ is home to a thriving Chapel Choir under the direction of Dr Ralph Allwood MBE and the two college Organ Scholars. The choir sings Choral Evensong on Wednesdays and Sundays, and Choral Compline on Friday evenings during the Cambridge term. They also sing concerts, recitals, and services at major Christian and college events throughout the year.

If you are interested in joining the choir, please contact Ralph by email ( More information can be found on Queens’ College’s website.

Queens’ Graduate Choir

Queens’ Graduate Choir (Grad Choir for short) is a relaxed choir for graduate students and alumni of Queens’ College (although it welcomes singers from across Cambridge). The choir performs at various college events throughout the year, including termly MCR concerts and the occasional service in Chapel.

More information and contact details can be found on the choir’s website.