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Musical Life at Collingwood
CCMS is the overarching society organising musical activities among Collingwood members. Its four resident groups are open exclusively to college members (with the exception of Grollingwood) and the Music Society co-ordinates ensembles as well as matching up soloists with accompanists and helping people form groups and bands together. CCMS puts on three concerts per academic year, including one in the style of the BBC proms, and encourages groups to take on external gigs. As a society it aims to reflect the general atmosphere of the college – that of ambition and success matched with an informal and relaxed environment.
Collingwood voices performs close harmony arrangements of music as diverse as pop to folk. Performing three acapella concerts each year (one per term) this group is ambitious in its attention to detail and breadth of repertoire.
Collingwood orchestra is Collingwood’s resident ensemble focusing on more classical repertoire. Having enjoyed a year of highly successful concerts playing Haydn, Handel, Elgar and Tallis this relatively new group looks forward to expanding into Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky in the coming years. Much like the college, the environment of the group is relaxed and combines players of every level of experience and confidence in an informal rehearsal setting.
Grollingwood big band contains the joint forces of both Collingwood and Grey jazz musicians. They play a wide range of repertoire drawing on the intricacy of Maynard Ferguson, the energy of Jaco Pastorius, and the harmonic sound of Duke Ellington. Their styles range from classic jazz: think Coltrane, Miles Davies, to pop: think Lady Gaga, Bruno Mars and even stretching as far as Disney. This year Grollingwood have really come into their own playing at formals, balls, popular bars and more.
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CCMS outreach is a group of students who voluntarily teach music to students at local Durham primary schools. This group reflects among the best of what CCMS has to offer in its attitude of using music to be inclusive. With a proud breadth of involvement that stretches from teaching the rudiments of music in the classroom to forming, teaching and directing a children’s chorus for a production of Carmen at the prestigious Durham Gala theatre – this important constituent of CCMS has lots to offer.