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Music Comm is the overarching committee for all music groups run by Grey students, for Grey students. We have our own Choir as well as a new A Cappella group. We have a joint Big Band with Collingwood called Grollingwood, as well as a Ceilidh Band, Flute Ensemble and Rock Bands. In addition, anyone is welcome to start up their own music group! There are practise rooms in college which groups and individuals can use and we help with several events throughout the year, such as Open Mic Nights.
Musical Life at Grey College
Grey Music holds termly informal concerts and a larger Christmas concert at St Oswald’s Church. Last year’s Christmas concert was very successful with one of the largest ever turnouts. We are also involved with outreach activities: for example, the Flute Ensemble played some enjoyable pieces such as The Hebrides Overture at Hallgarth Nursing Home. Also, Music Committee groups have been involved in playing at formals.
In College, there are two practice rooms for students to use, as well as a variety of instruments that any member of Grey can ask for permission to use, free of charge. The instruments are: violin, viola, acoustic guitar, bass guitar, electric guitar, a Cajun and several ukuleles as well as pianos and drum kits.
The Grey Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble singing sacred music of all styles and musical periods. The choir has had fantastic opportunities of performing in various venues in Durham, including St Oswald’s Church for the Christmas carol concert, which always sees a large enthusiastic audience, and performing Evensong in Durham Cathedral, including the joint chapel choir evensong. There are further opportunities to be awarded choral scholarships for the year, to help lead a very talented singers and a warm, welcoming and friendly bunch of people!
Grollingwood Big Band:
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.
Flute Ensemble is a small but committed group, which holds one rehearsal each week. We play a variety of music including film and classical in a relaxed and fun environment. Last year we played in a Christmas concert at St Oswald’s Church and a concert at Easter at Grey. The music that we have played includes The Hebrides Overture by Mendelssohn and a John Williams medley with music from Harry Potter, Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List.
Ceilidh Band meet up every week and play any kind of folk music we can get our hands on. To join, you don’t need to have played folk before or even have an instrument; Grey has its own guitars, violin, viola and a cajon. We don’t have any formal concerts, but hope to play a ceilidh or two during the year.