The Eglesfield Musical Society
The Oldest Music Society in Oxford
All EMS ensembles are non-auditioning. If you would like to join, simply get in touch via the 'Contact' page. With weekly rehearsals and a termly concert, EMS ensembles provide a relaxed environment in which to engage in the musical life of the college.
EMS hosts a termly Saturday Recital Series in the Shulman Auditorium, and a Wednesday Organ Recital Series in the Chapel, which are open to all. Performers range from top-tier student musicians to world-renowned professionals.
Founded in 1842 by William Thomson (Fellow from 1840, Chaplain, Provost 1855-62, Archbishop of York 1863-90), The Eglesfield Musical Society is the oldest music society in Oxford and is based at The Queen's College.
We run over 60 events during the year, almost all of which are open to the general public for free. Our events include recitals twice a week, termly concerts featuring our ensembles (orchestra and singers), jazz nights, and an outdoor musical in Trinity term. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, university-wide society that provides abundant performing and conducting opportunities. We are non-auditioned and welcome everyone to attend concerts or come and perform with us.