“‘[W]ithout music it would be very dull’, said the satin bird.”  Ethel Pedley, Dot and the Kangaroo

Musical performances in College (and out of College in the case of performance tours) fall within the domain of the Performances Syndicate, a group appointed each year by the Students’ Club Committee. The syndicate includes the Master of the Warden’s Music, who is chosen by the Warden and Senior Tutor from among those in College with a particularly strong record of staging musical performances and encouraging musical talent, and otherwise providing leadership in this area. Among his various tasks, the MWM manages the annual calendar of musical and theatrical events.


The Combined Colleges Orchestra was formed by a Pauline several years ago as a low-stress/high-enjoyment musical outlet for the immense talent that exists in the colleges of the University.  It continues to be based at St Paul’s, where it rehearses in the Rogers Room and performs in the Hall generally staging one concert each semester, preceded by a short period of rehearsals.

The Orchestra includes both amateur and aspiring-professional students, taking medium-difficulty repertoire to a good standard. All musicians are encouraged to apply, with the current performance standard being approximately AMEB Grade 7 and above.

Chapel Choir

College men are encouraged to audition for the St Paul’s College Chapel Choir, which sings at the Tuesday evensong and certain other festal occasions. The Choir presents a full-length concert at the end of each semester.

The Choir works on interesting and varied repertoire including both sacred and secular works from the last 700 years of notated music.
Contact the Director of Music (Mr David Drury) for further information.

Music Facilities

The College has various rooms in which students can rehearse and play music. There is an upright piano in the JCR and a Yamaha baby-grand in the Rogers Room. There is also a pipe organ in the Chapel, usually reserved for the Organ Scholar and the Director of Music.

Access to the Rogers Room and Chapel Organ is restricted, with keys available on request to the Director of Music.

Other Musical Events

The Performances Syndicate organises live entertainment at Monday Night Dinners in the form of musical performances, dramatic sketches, poetry readings and any other appropriate entertainment.

The MWM organises a semesterly Music Recital, which is semi-formal and invites College musicians of all skill levels.

Strong performers are invited to represent the College in the Intercollegiate music competition, the Palladian Cup, where singers and instrumentalists compete in solo and group categories.

Music enthusiasts are encouraged to attend and participate in the meetings of the Music Appreciation Society, which occasionally meets in the Senior Common Room to discuss everything and anything musical.
Men are also encouraged to create and organise their own events. The scope for musical life in College is limited only by the imagination and motivation of its current residents.

“There is a knowledge which is desirable, though nothing come of it, as being of itself a treasure, and a sufficient remuneration of years of labour.” John Henry Newman