Last Thursday, Music Durham presented the first ever Intercollegiate Musical Showcase, providing a university-wide platform for the exceptional talent of college music groups. The event hosted a wide range of groups from various Durham University colleges, who all took to the stage to perform for an audience which filled the Music Department Concert Room, and even spilled over into the balcony!
The informal, varied style of the event made it accessible to people from a range of musical backgrounds, and the audience were treated to everything from classical repertoire, through folk music, to indie rock! In total, six groups performed, representing four different colleges. Hopefully in years to come, this event will grow even more.
The first half of the evening was set aside for numerous singing groups from across the colleges, tackling a range of different repertoire. Trevelyan Chamber Choir, under the direction of Will Fox, kicked the evening off, filling the Concert Room with their wonderfully rich sound. They were followed by Aidan’s Voices, who brought a different genre to the stage, finishing their half with the upbeat ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’. To round off the first half, director Ed Walters led Castle Chamber Choir forward to perform their two pieces. Chamber Choir had a great start to the year, with their inaugural concert with Castle Orchestra in the Great Hall, and it was a joy to see Castle represented at the Intercollegiate Musical Showcase.
After a short interval, we enjoyed the instrumental half of the evening, starting with Butler Folk Band. It was great to see the stage filled with so many musicians from one college, and they provided a fantastic start to the second half. Trevelyan Flute Choir were the second group to represent Trevs this evening, with entertaining arrangements of some Disney favourites. There were clearly some very talented flautists there, and what’s more, they seemed to be having tremendous fun. The last act of the night brought a complete change, but one that seemed to go down really well with the student audience. Adam, the lead singer of Autofluorescence, was especially good at engaging the audience between the band’s set list of mostly original songs. Why not check out their EP on Spotify?
Trevelyan College Chamber Choir
Sing we at Pleasure (Thomas Weelkes) | Ubi Caritas (Duruflé)
And So It Goes (Billy Joel arr. Bob Chilcott) |The Long Day Closes (Arthur Sullivan) | Goodnight Sweetheart (Kirby Shaw)
Bogoroditse Deo (Rachmaninov) | Te lucis ante terminum (Tallis)
Butler Folk Band
American Pie (Don McLean) | 5 Years Time (Noah and the Whale) | It’s a Shame (First Aid Kit)
Trevelyan Flute Choir
Jurassic Park | The Bare Necessities
Three Drinks Down (original) | Glass Moon (original) | Brainstorm (Arctic Monkeys) | Grains (original)
The event itself was free, but we are pleased to say that we raised over £30 for City Youth Music in donations. CYM is a not for profit organisation run by parents and young people. Based in Newcastle upon Tyne, CYM aim to provide musically talented young people with opportunities to perform live and for other young people to listen, enjoy and participate in supporting musical performances. For all young people this may increase their confidence, help them develop useful life skills and possibly result in them pursuing a career in the musical arts. Find out more via their website www.cityyouthmusic.org.
With many thanks to all performers, the Music Durham Exec Committee, the Music Durham Colleges Committee, Experience Durham staff, and to everyone who attended and donated generously.