Whether you are interested in writing plays, forming a band or even playing the steel pans, there are a number of societies and facilities available for you at Homerton. Being part of collegiate Cambridge also means there are also opportunities to join university-wide drama and music societies.
The Charter Choir is Homerton's premier music ensemble. It was founded in 2009 in celebration of Homerton gaining its Royal Charter and obtaining College status within the University of Cambridge. It is a friendly community with an active agenda, singing a variety of music styles from different periods, both accompanied and unaccompanied.
In the past few years, it has rapidly risen in profile and now undertakes regular cathedral visits, international tours, and recordings. The Choir has also featured on BBC Radio 3.
Performances and music at Homerton
Homerton boasts a number of music-based societies that you are able to join. From steel-pan society ‘Absolute Pandamonium’ , Jazz Ensemble the Homertones, to the Homerton College Music Society, we actively encourage our students to explore their love of music. We are also home to two choirs: one non-auditioned (the Homerton Singers) and one auditioned (the Charter choir).
We have a number of student bands who are given the opportunity to perform at events like the May Ball or in more casual settings, such as at jazz concerts after Formal Hall. Amongst our alumni, there are a few famous bands you may have heard of; most notably the band Sports Team who were nominated for a Mercury Prize in 2020.
The HUS (Homerton Union of Students) also run music-based events, such as ‘Fire in the Griff’ where student DJs are given the opportunity to showcase their talent in the JCR (Junior Common Room).
Drama at Homerton
Our very own dramatic society HATS runs a number of events throughout the year, including a new writing festival. The society has funding available for any productions our students may want to plan and perform and has exclusive use of the Homerton small studio. The society is run by a committee of Homerton College members that are elected each year.
Facilities for music and drama
There are a number of facilities at Homerton for both music and drama. We have a large auditorium and a small studio that are used frequently for productions and rehearsals, as well as a brand new auditorium located in the Queen's Wing. Homerton also has two sound-proofed music rooms that are both equipped with pianos and a range of other instruments, such as a xylophone, a marimba and tubular bells. For more casual practice, there is also a piano in the JCR (Junior Common Room).
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