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. It is based at The Queen's College, Oxford. We run over 60 events during the year and nearly all of them are open to the general public for free. Our events include two recitals per week during term time, concerts featuring our ensembles (EMS Orchestra and EMS A Cappella), jazz nights, and an outdoor musical in Trinity term. We pride ourselves on being an inclusive, university-wide society. Our ensembles and end-of-term concerts are non-auditioned and we welcome everyone to attend our concerts and perform with us.
The coronavirus pandemic necessitated a considerable restructuring of our activities from Trinity Term 2020. Since then, all our recitals have been recorded and published online (on our Facebook and YouTube pages). We hope to be able to operate more fully in Trinity Term 2021 as restrictions gradually lift, but many of our regular Trinity events remain postponed or cancelled.
We currently run two recital series in Full Term:
- Recitals (often solo) at 1:45 pm on Saturdays, broadcast on Facebook and YouTube
- Organ recitals at 1:10 pm on Wednesdays, in the Chapel at The Queen's College, Oxford