For information contact Jeremy Chan

jeremy.chan@durham.ac.uk

 

Collingwood College Music Society

Have you thought about playing Metallica on an acoustic guitar? Getting tired of singing in a chapel and craving the excitement of Pentatonix? Want to form a funk band where you can wear odd-coloured socks? All of these have been done in the past by CCMS members. Playing music in college means being able to showcase your own musical talents, making friends who love music as well, and putting on performances of all sorts. Here at CCMS, we like to keep an open mind about music and actively encourage members to express their musical ideas. CCMS currently has four resident ensembles, of which the newly created Grey/Collingwood Chamber Orchestra and the well-established Grollingwood band merge with Grey College. We also hold regular Open Mic Nights, which have witnessed individuals at their most creative, sometimes after a pint or two. With the opening of the new theatre in Collingwood, CCMS is looking forward to an exciting year ahead!

Grey-Collingwood Chamber Orchestra

GCCO was established with the vision of allowing college musicians from Grey and Collingwood to access classical music a bit closer to home. We have joined forces with Grey College to give our musicians an opportunity to play music on a larger scale while also expanding our music community here at Collingwood. With the addition of our new theatre and state-of-the-art practice rooms, GCCO will make good use of the abundant resources and hopes to show its members the great joy of being in an orchestra.

For more information contact Charlie Fletcher at charles.w.fletcher@durham.ac.uk

Collingwood Voices

Collingwood Voices is a non-auditioned, inclusive, fun and collaborative choir. Focusing on working together to create close harmony and a full, vibrant sound, the choir performs a wide range of music. Rehearsal is once a week on a Monday evening, where the choir prepares for performances at various college events and at the regular CCMS concerts. It is open to all members of Collingwood and provides a space outside of the shower cubicle for anyone who enjoys singing!

For any further questions contact the Musical Director at tara.munnelly@durham.ac.uk

Open Mic

Open mics are the perfect opportunity to showcase your talents to college! However you want to perform, whether it’s solo or in a group, acoustic or a cappella, it promises to be a great night for all involved! We openly welcome any form of musical performance. Not that great of a singer? Get involved still with a more karaoke approach! If that doesn’t take your fancy be sure to head down to the bar anyway to support your friends! This year, we’re joining up with other Hill Colleges to present bigger and more diverse open mic nights, where you’ll receive greater applause for your amazing performance. So don’t be shy—step up and take the mic!

For more information contact Lucia di Cicco at lucia.m.di-cicco@durham.ac.uk

Grollingwood

Grollingwood big band is the birth-child of Collingwood and Grey jazz musicians, playing a wide repertoire drawing on the intricate textures of Maynard Ferguson, the eclectic style of Jaco Pastorius, and the elegant harmonies of Duke Ellington. Though a jazz band, they reach across a wide set of genres, from jazz to pop and funk, but always bringing it home with a classic standard by Coltrane or one of “the greats”. In the past year Grollingwood have decided to move further forward by playing at formals, balls and bars around Durham, so stay tuned for more exciting things to come this year!

For more information contact Maya Spence at maya.spence@durham.ac.uk

Outreach

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. Being a member of this group is a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience and provides students with the opportunity to become more involved with the local community.

For more information contact Emma Ruddy at emma.m.ruddy@durham.ac.uk