Music has always been at the heart of Christ's College, whether through the beautiful sacred music of Christ's Chapel Choir, the ambitious performances of Christ's College Orchestra and Christ's Voices or the lively variety of our solo recitals. Founded in 1710 by a small group of music enthusiasts, Christ's College Music Society (CCMS) has grown to become one of the largest societies of the College and welcomes musicians and enthusiasts alike.
Membership of CCMS is free and open to every member of the College; those wishing to join our mailing list should contact the Secretary, or sign up during Fresher's Week.
CCMS is about you. We aim to involve as many people,whether this is by performing or just listening!
Throughout the year, we run various ensembles: our non-audition choir, Christ's Voices, our non-audition College Orchestra and the group for jazz players, Christ's JAMSOC. We also arrange recitals for anyone who wishes to perform smaller works, either individually or with other people. These are short, informal concerts typically held in the Chapel. More Details...
CCMS is run by a group of junior members who are elected at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) in Lent Term. Two Fresher's Representatives join the committee during Michaelmas Term. More Details...
*Concert at Christís College, Cambridge, June 1767: engraving by Abraham Hume after Thomas Orde showing (from left to right) P. Hellendaal (violin), V. Noel (violin), J.F. Ranish (oboe), West (violoncello), J. Wynne, a Cambridge music publisher and composer (double bass), G. Noel (pantaleon) and D. Wood (singer, and later organist of Ely Cathedral)." Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/img/grove/music/F002655 (subscription required)