The music scene at Pembroke (and wider Oxford) is vibrant and fun, and many students choose to bring their instruements with them to college. Whilst most of our socs require auditions - there are still more than a few which are open to anyone with a love of music. Throughout the term there are karaoke nights in the bar as well as an A-cappella group for anyone to join. We also have string quartets and several music nights which run throughout the year and take place in the new Pichette Auditorium.

Chapel Choir

The choir, a mixed voice choir comprised of Pembrokians and Christchurch School scholars, sings choral evensong every Sunday during term at 5:30pm. Rehearsals are held every Thursday evening and are known for their fun and friendly atmosphere. The choir has toured extensively within Europe, recently visiting Paris and Krakow to sing in some of Europe’s most prestigious ecclesiastical venues.


Information about choral scholarships are available on the college’s website.




Every Trinity we aim to put on a college musical, a full scale performance in the Pichette auditorium. If you're interested in costume making, backstage crew, puppetry (yes!), dancing, acting, singing, playing music - then please get in touch with our music rep

College Pianos

We have college pianos that are available for students to book to play. To request use please email or chat to one of the Porters who will give you a key.

Talent Show

One of our more recent endeavours - the talent show is held in Hilary term and is free for any student, or group to enter. Watch out for the weekly notices with more info. 

Organ Scholarship

Pembroke aims to have at least two organ scholars in residence, and all candidates must be undergraduates. Although most organ scholars typically read music, other subjects will be considered (one of our current scholars does Modern Greek and linguistics!). For more information please contact to check your eligibility or for details of the Organ Scholars' responsibilities.

Other Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

  • Vocal Scholarships

    • Up to 2 awarded each year for any student studying any subject​

    • Aimed to attract singers to Pembroke and are entirely for vocal improvement and voice training

    • 18 free lessons with Nicola Harrison for full voice training, interpretation and performance

  • Instrumental Award

    • £300 for any first year (except organ scholar) reading any subject​

    • Awarded upon a 20 minute recital (one or more pieces)

    • Any instrument including voice, accompanists allowed if necessary

    • Email

  • Pembroke College Performing Arts Fund

    • Available to students who have incurred costs whilst performing at university level or for whom taking part would cause financial difficulty​

    • Compensation between £100-£500 for subscriptions, travel, equipment and accommodation