Society Focus: Introducing the Trinity Hall Music Society

Young student Charlotte Wan standing on a bridge over the River Cam on a sunny day

The Trinity Hall Musical Society

Charlotte says: “Hello! My name is Charlotte Wan and I am a third year music student. I play the piano, organ, and flute, and am also the senior organ scholar at Trinity Hall. This year I am Chair of the Trinity Hall Music Society.

“Our primary aim is to enrich the college’s musical life and community.  We run a popular weekly recital series that showcases musical talent from the college, as well as university wide. Over 100 JCR and MCR students are currently members of THMS and we’re always keen to welcome more! Whilst the majority of our recitals are classical, we occasionally organise recitals of different genres, such as our popular music and musical theatre vocal showcase recitals, or our recent improvisatory organ and ambient music recital held in the chapel.

“Highlights this year have been hosting Cambridge University Jazz Orchestra for a spectacular recital in the Music Room, to TH postgraduate student, Ben Snodgrass’ solo piano recital in the Wong Avery Music Gallery. ”

Merrily We Roll Along

Charlotte looks back at the musical production the society put on at the beginning of Lent Term. Performed in the College’s Lecture Theatre, it received strong reviews in the student press.

Charlotte says: “Merrily We Roll Along is the second production I’ve had the pleasure of musically directing at Trinity Hall. I really enjoyed being part of A Little Night Music this time last year, so I was incredibly excited to work with the directors, Iris Jopp and Laura Thomas, on another Sondheim musical!

“We held auditions in late Michaelmas after a long period of brainstorming. One of our greatest challenges was holding rehearsals online over zoom during the holidays and planning a hectic rehearsal schedule in Week 0, but it was so rewarding to see it all come together.

Merrily We Roll Along really appealed to us with its range of musical numbers, reverse chronology, and how catchy all the songs are. We also needed to choose a musical that would stage well in the more intimate setting of the Lecture Theatre.

“It is always a fantastic experience to work with such talented and devoted cast and band members. Putting on a big project in such a short time frame requires long hours, and the cast made the process so smooth and enjoyable.  One of my favourite moments has to be hearing the band and cast together for the first time in the Lecture Theatre during the technical rehearsal: hearing them come together after a period of such intense rehearsals was really special.”

Young woman playing the flute

How to get involved

Charlotte says: “We are always delighted to offer a recital slot for musicians who wish to perform. Please get in touch with me (ctyw2) or Laura Thomas (lt551) for more information.”

Image information:

Top image shows the cast of Merrily We Roll Along. Credit: Faris Qureshi

Two images with the text: Charlotte Wan (supplied by Charlotte Wan)