Music

Why Pembroke?

Pembroke has a thriving musical society and attracts talented musicians from a wide range of academic disciplines. Students are admitted to read Music at Pembroke from a wide range of schools and colleges, and with very different musical experiences. As well as admitting two students per year to read Music, Pembroke aims to have two Organ Scholars in residence at any one time. (Although the Organ Scholars often read Music, this is not a requirement and candidates for this post wishing to read other subjects are encouraged to apply).

Dr Guy Newbury is our lead tutor in the subject. A composer and pianist, His research interests are in the late 19th and 20th centuries, especially French and Polish music.

Mark Wilson is our Music Director. A professional Bassoonist and Countertenor, his role is to oversee all College and Chapel music, where he works with the Organ scholars in the growth and development of the Chapel choir.

The Organ Scholars are responsible for the organisation and musical side of the Chapel Services, which make use of an auditioned choir. The Senior Organ Scholar is also expected to assist in the running of other music in the College, and in his/her third year will be responsible for training the new first-year Organ Scholar to assist, deputise and eventually succeed him/her.

Pembroke’s music facilities are excellent; the Pichette Auditorium provides a modern and spacious recital space housing our Steinway D piano, and our Chapel is home to one of only three Létourneau Organs in the UK.

What other activities do we offer?

Our music society offers opportunities for you to pursue your musical passions alongside your degree, with an array of extra-curricular activities and initiatives.

Student groups are led and supported by our professional Music Director and by the College’s Lead Music Tutor.

Members can:

  • Participate in a non-auditioned choir, run by the Organ Scholars.
  • Take part in the Orchestra and Jazz Band, run jointly by the College Music Director and students.
  • Receive vocal tuition and open instrumental masterclasses.
  • Perform in the Chapel recital series and the fortnightly Jazz sessions in the College bar.
  • Perform regular concerts in the Mater’s lodgings, either informally or for important guests.

Pembroke students can also apply for the College’s Instrumental Award, which is worth £300 and open to first year undergraduates reading any subject. The Award is made on the basis of a short recital (up to 20 minutes).

Could you become a Pembroke Musician?

Candidates require a lively interest in music of all periods. They must also have the ability to analyse scores, compose stylistically, assimilate a wide variety of musicological approaches and write lucidly about them. Candidates need to be taking, or have taken, A-Level music (or a qualification of equal standing) and at least two other subjects (arts or sciences). 

Music Course Video

Music

Why Pembroke?

Pembroke has a thriving musical society and attracts talented musicians from a wide range of academic disciplines. Students are admitted to read Music at Pembroke from a wide range of schools and colleges, and with very different musical experiences. As well as admitting two students per year to read Music, Pembroke aims to have two Organ Scholars in residence at any one time. (Although the Organ Scholars often read Music, this is not a requirement and candidates for this post wishing to read other subjects are encouraged to apply).

Dr Guy Newbury is our lead tutor in the subject. A composer and pianist, His research interests are in the late 19th and 20th centuries, especially French and Polish music.

Mark Wilson is our Music Director. A professional Bassoonist and Countertenor, his role is to oversee all College and Chapel music, where he works with the Organ scholars in the growth and development of the Chapel choir.

The Organ Scholars are responsible for the organisation and musical side of the Chapel Services, which make use of an auditioned choir. The Senior Organ Scholar is also expected to assist in the running of other music in the College, and in his/her third year will be responsible for training the new first-year Organ Scholar to assist, deputise and eventually succeed him/her.

Pembroke’s music facilities are excellent; the Pichette Auditorium provides a modern and spacious recital space housing our Steinway D piano, and our Chapel is home to one of only three Létourneau Organs in the UK.

What other activities do we offer?

Our music society offers opportunities for you to pursue your musical passions alongside your degree, with an array of extra-curricular activities and initiatives.

Student groups are led and supported by our professional Music Director and by the College’s Lead Music Tutor.

Members can:

  • Participate in a non-auditioned choir, run by the Organ Scholars.
  • Take part in the Orchestra and Jazz Band, run jointly by the College Music Director and students.
  • Receive vocal tuition and open instrumental masterclasses.
  • Perform in the Chapel recital series and the fortnightly Jazz sessions in the College bar.
  • Perform regular concerts in the Mater’s lodgings, either informally or for important guests.

Pembroke students can also apply for the College’s Instrumental Award, which is worth £300 and open to first year undergraduates reading any subject. The Award is made on the basis of a short recital (up to 20 minutes).

Could you become a Pembroke Musician?

Candidates require a lively interest in music of all periods. They must also have the ability to analyse scores, compose stylistically, assimilate a wide variety of musicological approaches and write lucidly about them. Candidates need to be taking, or have taken, A-Level music (or a qualification of equal standing) and at least two other subjects (arts or sciences). 

Music Course Video