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Merton College Music Society

Merton College Music Society welcomes musicians of all abilities to enjoy performing, conducting and listening in an informal, sociable environment.

MCMS organises a series of concerts every term most of which are completely free. Performance dates/times can be found on our termcard.

Merton College Orchestra 10.30 -12.30 on Saturday mornings in the college chapel.
This lively, non-auditioning orchestra gives enthusiastic student instrumentalists and conductors the chance to enjoy performing a wide range of the orchestral repertoire and consuming an even wider range of biscuits. Email the orchestra manager, Tim Coleman (timothy.coleman(at) for more information

Kodaly Choir 5-7 on Tuesdays
Intimate, non auditioning choir with varied and exciting repetoire – we recently were the opening act at Mertonbury.

We are a small, mixed-voice group which is laid back, friendly and open – no need to audition, or to be able to read music. It’s the oldest non-auditioning choir in Oxford, run for students by students, in association with the Merton College Music Soc (MCMS). We rehearse on Tuesdays, usually 5.30-7pm in the Mure room – rehearsals are laid back and fun, and involve juice and cake!

We sing whatever the individuals involved want to sing, for the most part – but it tends to be quite light repertoire. This term we’re doing arrangements of jazzy pieces such as Gershwin’s I Got Rhythm, and some folk songs arranged by people like Vaughan Williams; last term we did a few more classical pieces, but also some African folk songs. Our main termly performance is at the MCMS concert, in the chapel, which also involves the orchestra and sometimes some smaller ensembles. However, we also do the odd extra performance !

Email Choir Manager Caroline George ( for more information.

Recitals Thursday evenings
The Merton College Evening Recitals Series provides a unique opportunity to hear solo and chamber musicians from both Merton and the wider university. Performances are normally held on Thursday evenings and are always followed by free wine and snacks. The Recitals Series aims to be inclusive to a variety of performers and genres and anyone is welcome to apply by emailing the Recitals Manager Eddie Smith (edward.smith(at) if you are interested in performing.

For any more information please visit our Facebook page or email any of the MCMS committee.


Dancesport groupWe have a great tradition of dancesport success in Merton, with eight Mertonians representing the university in 2009-10. And every year yet more people get involved as we take on our college rivals at the annual Cuppers competition in May – the highlight of the college dancesport calendar, where we’ve enjoyed consistently good results over the last few years. Cuppers is all about getting new people involved, since every “experienced” dancer has to compete with a beginner partner, so if you’ve ever fancied yourself as a Strictly Come Dancing star then this is your chance to give it a go and help your college on the way to victory!

Neave Society

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Bodley Club

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Art Society

Art Soc aims to provide Mertonians with both a space and the materials necessary to carry out artistic projects and activities. It is open to absolutely everybody, regardless of artistic abilities. Whether you’re a beginner interested in trying things out, or whether you’ve already got some experience and want to keep up your skills, everyone is welcome!

Art Soc meets on Tuesdays at 8.30pm in the JCR, and anyone is welcome to turn up on any week and come and go at any time. Each week a different activity is organised, although these are in no way obligatory, and students are free to make use of the supplied materials for their own personal projects. Teaching is also possible, insofar as people can share their ideas and skills with each other. Finally, thanks to JCR funding, all activities are free of charge to students.

Suggestions for future events, no matter how unusual, are always welcome! To suggest your ideas or if you have any questions email Christine Leung, Art Soc president: christine.leung(at)

For more information and to see some photos check out the Art Society facebook group.

Merton Floats (Drama Society)

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