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See below how you can get involved and read more about our societies!

Musical Life at Josephine Butler

Butler has a vibrant music scene, which caters to both those who want to perform and those who just want to appreciate. With seven diverse societies there is always something to get involved in. The overarching Butler Music Committee helps organise concerts and other live events, as well as running social media pages and keeping in contact with both presidents of music societies and Music Durham.

The college holds termly concerts and bi-weekly open mic nights, which all societies, smaller groups or individuals can get involved in. They are open to anyone to come and listen. As well as these, the societies themselves will host special nights, such as Jazz Band’s ‘Jazz and Cocktails’ charity night, Folk Band’s Burns Night Ceilidh or taking part in wider Durham community events, such as the Durham Summer Fetes.

This year, the Music Committee at Butler are keen to involve ‘non-musicians’ much more, and one way of doing this is through a daily playlist recommendation post on Instagram submitted by students in the college.

 

 

Jazz Band

Butler Jazz Band is the college’s biggest music society, having grown in popularity in the past academic year. Jazz Band has a versatile repertoire, ranging from jazz, to swing, to covers of popular songs. The auditioned band have performed both in and out of college this past year, including a tour to Dublin and the Durham Mayor’s annual gala. Within college, they are popular ents at formals and also hold their own Jazz night, ‘Jazz and Cocktails’, in which they collaborate with the Cocktail Society to raise money for charity.

Folk Band

Butler Folk Band were formed in 2017 and their first year was a huge success, playing in all college concerts, providing the post-formal Ceilidh music on Burns Night, and performing at Summer Fetes in Durham. The group have sessions once a week that require no formal commitment, and anyone is welcome to come along to sing, play or even just listen! There is no audition process, minimum standard or particular instrument required. Taking the term ‘folk’ to simply mean ‘music of the folk/people’, the group play a huge range of repertoire from traditional ballads and ceilidh music, to modern pop with their own arrangements and style twists.

String Group

String group is an enthusiastic group of string players, revived as a society in 2017. Last year they played a variety of pieces, including Pachelbel’s Canon and the opening to the ‘Spring’ Movement of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons, and performed at numerous college concerts. All string players are welcome, whatever standard!

Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir is the college’s non-auditioned SATB choir, singing repertoire from Byrd to the Beatles. A small ensemble, the choir is the equivalent of older colleges’ Chapel Choir, and is completely organised and run by students at Butler. Chamber Choir is extremely welcoming and are popular at various events in college, including Butler Day. This year they will also have their own Church Service on the third Sunday of each month.

Butler Winds

Previously the smaller Woodwind Society, Butler Winds is expanding this year to incorporate a larger variety of instruments in order to take on some more ambitious repertoire. Playing classical pieces to more contemporary music, such as movie themes, this group welcome any ability level.

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Previously the smaller Woodwind Society, Butler Winds is expanding this year to incorporate a larger variety of instruments in order to take on some more ambitious repertoire. Playing classical pieces to more contemporary music, such as movie themes, this group welcome any ability level.