Musical Life at Hild Bede
The Music Society is always trying to expand and form new groups. We are currently in the process of founding a new classical group, so there will be more opportunities for players of orchestral instruments. However, since the society was so recently founded, musical life at Hild Bede encompasses more than just these groups. There are chances to get involved in music with Hild Bede Theatre, the Chapel Choir and to perform at the many college events throughout the year. And if a group you want to join doesn’t exist – let us know and we’ll help you start it!
MAC – Musical Appreciation Club
The Music Appreciation Club meets once a week in a relaxed setting to listen to an album or playlist chosen by a predetermined host. The host often gives background information and personal reflections on the music. The sessions allow for an appreciation of all genres – they are friendly and social and refreshments are provided each week.
PACC – Performance and Composition Club
The Performance and Composition Club holds informal weekly sessions dedicated to the performance of songs chosen by members and/or the PACC Manager prior to each session. Members experience a range of genres in a fun, friendly setting suitable for all instruments and abilities. Bands formed at PACC sessions have performed at college events such as Acoustic Nights and Hild Bedestock.
Hild Bede Jazz Band is one of Durham’s more recently founded big band-style ensembles, but has quickly established itself as one of the best with high quality performances both within Hild Bede (at events such as College Day and the Winter Ball) and across other colleges. The band rehearses regularly and there are always opportunities for new members to feature. Playing most of its music from big band scores, the Jazz Band utilises saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, drums, bass and guitar players to play everything from the traditional close harmonies of Glenn Miller to the layered funk of Stevie Wonder and Tower of Power.