West Road Concert Hall
Wed 1 December
St Margaret's Society of Queens'

Enigma Variations and Mozart C Minor Mass: MagSoc Michaelmas Term Concert

Please visit the West Road Concert Hall website to view their full COVID 19 guidelines. No one should enter the building if they, or anyone in their household, have COVID-19 or are showing any symptoms. 

The St. Margaret’s Society of Queens’ (MagSoc) proudly presents their Michaelmas Term concert, returning to West Road Concert Hall with a programme of classics!

Opening the concert, Haydn’s Cello Concerto in C major takes the classical style and places it on a pedestal. Catchy tunes are aplenty, with lots of intimate interweaving of solo cello and orchestral lines. The solemn beauty of Elgar's work, dubbed his 'Enigma Variations', follows as an acknowledgement of the difficulties caused by Covid-19 over the last 24 months. Elgar dedicated each variation to one of his friends or family, and these are bound together by a common theme heard at the beginning. The "enigma", the secret inspiration behind this theme, has flummoxed musicians since its composition – can you work out where it comes from?

Mozart’s ‘Great Mass’ in C minor is on a scale comparable to his Requiem; the work is at the heart of the choral tradition. At its opening a soprano solo bursts out of the calm of the Kyrie, and the piece continues with moments of teasing quietness followed by vivacious fortes. Each movement of the work has its own charm, and is set in the complete work as jewels are in a crown. This isn’t one to be missed.

CUSU Disabled Students’ Campaign Accessibility statement – There is wheelchair access. There is padded seating, an accessible toilet, a hearing loop, general car parking, and blue badge parking. There isn’t a gender neutral toilet, a bsl interpreter, or a designated quiet space. Our Accessibility Officer for this event is Eleanor Medcalf; please feel free to contact her at concerts@magsoc.net if you have any questions or additional requirements (for example, if you need a large-text or accessible digital format of the programme) or would like to give us feedback on how our events can be more accessible in the future. You can find more information about our committment to access here: https://magsoc.net/beyond-music/.

Haydn Cello Concerto no. 1 in C major

Elgar Variations on an Original Theme (‘Enigma’ Variations)

Mozart Mass in C minor

Cello: George Smith

Soloists: Sophie Ellis, Madeleine Brown, Carlos Rodríguez-Otero, Philipp Heckman-Umhau

Conductor: Benjamin Markovic

MagSoc Symphony Orchestra

MagSoc Chorus


Wed 1 December at 8:00pm


135 minutes


West Road Concert Hall


£12 standard / £10 concessions / £5 students Free admission to current students and staff of Queens’ College

We are looking forward to welcoming back in-person audiences. If you are attending an event, please read the guidelines below.

-        No one should enter the building if they, or anyone in their household, have COVID-19 or are showing symptoms.

-        We encourage all those attending public events to take a lateral flow test up to 24 hours in advance to provide additional reassurance that you are not infected but asymptomatic. Test kits are widely available from pharmacies and test sites or you can order them online.

-        Face coverings are strongly encouraged to be worn wherever possible.

-        Suggested one-way systems are in place around the building.

-        Sanitiser dispensers are located in the foyer and around the building. All visitors are encouraged to use these on arrival and exit.

-        Doors are pinned open to minimise touchpoints and maximise airflow.

-        Maximum room occupancies are displayed.

-        The bar is currently closed.

-        Our air ventilation system is running at 100% fresh air.

-        At the end of event, stewards will ensure you are able to exit in a controlled manner.

If you have any concerns about the concert hall reopening please contact us on wrch@mus.cam.ac.uk


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