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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 eight diverse societies dedicated to performing to other members of college there is always something to get involved in. The overarching Butler Music Committee helps organise concerts and keeps in contact with both presidents of music societies and Music Durham.
The college holds termly concerts, which all societies get involved in and which is 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’, in which the Jazz Band collaborate with the Cocktail Society to raise money for charity.
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. They have performed both in and out of college this past year, and had the opportunity to play at the Durham Mayor’s annual gala. Within college, they are popular ents at formals and also held their own Jazz night, ‘Jazz and Cocktails’, in which they collaborate with the Cocktail Society to raise money for charity. Jazz Band is open to anyone who plays wind, brass, drums, bass, keys or guitar, and no previous jazz experience is required to join!
String group is an enthusiastic group of string players, who formed in the autumn of 2009. That year we performed at the Alumni formal, as well as at various other events. Last year we 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!
Pitch Please is Butler’s all-male accapella group. Similar to AccaPitches, Pitch Please performs a range of popular songs, including Bastille’s Pompeii, and is a frequent act at various musical events around Butler, such as Butler Day. Prior singing experience is not required, and a level of enthusiasm is all that is needed to join!
Chamber Choir is the College’s auditioned SATB choir, singing repertoire from Byrd to the Beatles. A small ensemble, Chamber Choir is the equivalent of older colleges’ Chapel Choir, and is completely organised and run by students at Butler. Despite being auditioned, Chamber Choir is extremely welcoming and are popular at various events in college, including Butler Day.
Woodwind Society is a small ensemble who play a large repertoire, from classical pieces to more contemporary music, such as movie themes. Any level is welcome to join, and we welcome all woodwind instruments!
AccaPitches is Butler College’s all-female, non-auditioned accapella group and is a large and welcoming group. AccaPitches mostly focuses on covers of popular songs, ranging from 2 parts to 4. With a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, AccaPitches welcomes new and experienced singers, and an ability to read music is not necessary.
AccaButler is Butler’s only auditioned acapella group. They cover pop songs with no instruments and are now proud to say that they only do arrangements made by people in the group! As a large SATB choir, AccaButler mostly performs popular repertoire.
Musical Theatre Society
Musical Theatre Society is the newest music society at Butler, and hopes to not only put on shows and showcases at Butler, but also cater to fans of Music Theatre who don’t necessarily want to get onstage by hosting movie nights to watch our favourite shows!