Each year the College attracts new students with considerable musical talent, including – but certainly not limited to – students at the Conservatorium of Music. Instrumentalists and singers perform individually throughout the year, particularly at major College events such as Faculty and University & College Dinners. Musicians combine for competition in the Palladian vocal and instrumentalist ensemble competitions. Over the years recitals by soloists and groups have enriched the day to day life of the College. Men are also encouraged to create and organise their own events. The scope for musical life in College is limited only by the imagination and motivation of its current residents. For example, a Combined Colleges Orchestra, formed by a Pauline several years ago but now in abeyance, is awaiting revival by a new generation of Paulines!
Current student singers are strongly encouraged to audition for the College’s annual production of Victoriana!, a music hall-style show unique to St Paul’s and which runs over four nights.
No account of music at St Paul’s would be complete without mention of the long tradition of singing by the whole College, particularly after sporting events and celebratory dinners in Hall. These stirring renditions are emblematic of the spirit of the College!
College men are encouraged to audition for the St Paul’s College Chapel Choir, which sings at the Thursday Choral Evensong and certain other festal services during the year. The Choir also presents a full-length concert at the end of each semester. The Choir works on interesting and varied repertoire including both sacred and secular works from the last 700 years of notated music.
Contact the Director of Music (Mr David Drury) for further information.
The College has a designated music room where students can rehears and perform music. There are good upright pianos in the Junior Common Room and Dining Hall and a Yamaha baby-grand in the Rogers Room. The Flentrop pipe organ in the Chapel is usually reserved for the Organ Scholar and the Director of Music.
“There is a knowledge which is desirable, though nothing come of it, as being of itself a treasure, and a sufficient remuneration of years of labour.” John Henry Newman