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Musical Life at Trevelyan

Here at Trevs we pride ourselves not only on the standard of our college music but also on its accessibility. There is a huge range of musical opportunities to get involved in– whatever your taste, be it classical, modern or musical theatre. There’s something for everyone in Trevs and if you think we’re missing something that others would enjoy then we’re happy to help you set that up! This will hopefully give you an idea of the music scene at Trevs but we also have our Facebook and Instagram pages and feel free to get in touch with any questions!



Unplugged is our monthly open mic night in the bar where anyone can perform. We’ve had all manner of performers of all abilities; from synth soloists and acoustic duets to bands and entire societies that you can also read about. On top of that, some have themes such as Christmas, Classical and Valentines to name a few.

Formal Concerts

In Trevs we have a concert each term where societies showcase what they have been working on over the past term. The Christmas concert is also combined with a carol service. This year Orchestral society are launching a scheme that you can read about in their section that will support soloists and ensembles that we’ll hopefully see perform in these concerts.

Live on the Hill

A themed charity event taking place in late November and one of the best events in the Trevs calendar, featuring performances from an auditioned jazz orchestra accompanied by vocalists composed of some of the best musicians in Trevs. Combined with a cocktail bar formed just for Live on the Hill and all in black tie makes it an event not to be missed.

Battle of the Bands

After exams during the afternoon of Trevs Day, four of Trevs’ best bands will battle it out in front of the rest of college on the back lawn to win the glory and the coveted bar tab.


Trevstock is the final music event of the year taking place after exams in the last week of term. A relaxed music festival from midday to midnight outside in the Quad with the bar opening at the same time with a beer festival. Anyone can sign up to perform including staff and returning Trevs alumni!


Before each formal there are often Trevs students performing pre-formal music in the bar before doors open. It’s a good opportunity to perform in a very relaxed environment. After formal DJs in Trevs put on a trademark Trevs bar night.

Musicians Dinner

This is a night for the musical community of Trevs. A black tie dinner is put on in Trevs where awards decided through voting prior to the dinner are given out to individuals, groups and societies to celebrate their musical achievements and the community itself.


A Capella

President: Elizabeth Kracik-Dyer

A Capella is a non-auditioned singing group that welcomes people of all abilities; whether you’ve never sung before or you sing all the time. We have weekly rehearsals which are relaxed and fun, with a break for cake of course. We mostly sing SATB arrangements of pop songs but we are always happy to receive suggestions! We attempt to perform at least twice a term whether in concerts, unplugged or caroling at Christmas to raise money for charity.

Chamber Choir

President: Becki Smith

Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir of roughly sixteen singers. We rehearse weekly and sing a wide and challenging variety of music from the 15th-21st centuries. We sang at a number of venues last year including Ripon Cathedral and also at college events such as Trevstock and Christmas Formal. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch and keep an eye out for audition slots in Freshers’ Week!

Flute Choir

President: Flora Dodd

Trevelyan College Flute Choir is a group of enthusiastic flautists who meet once a week for a relaxed and enjoyable rehearsal. We are a non-auditioned society and welcome players of all abilities. We play a wide variety of music, some of which is arranged by our MD or other members of Flute Choir. Recent pieces have included an arrangement of ‘Lord of the Rings’, ‘Bare Necessities’ and Bach’s ‘Little Fugue in G-minor’. With a large intake of Freshers, Flute Choir is currently the biggest it has ever been. It has expanded its repertoire and sound, particularly with the addition of an alto flute. Our main objective in Flute Choir is to ensure members enjoy themselves and continue to play the flute in a friendly and fun environment.

Jam Soc

President: Daniel Elliott

Trevs Jam Soc is an open community built for Trevelyanites who are passionate about music and would prefer a more relaxed society in order to express this interest. We will hold weekly jam sessions that provide an opportunity for any student to drop in and demonstrate their talent whilst creating music with like-minded individuals. The sessions will be an opportunity to meet new people and ideally find the missing members of your future band. Jam Soc is not just about creating music though, it’s about creating friendships and connecting with fellow students through a love of music. Do not worry if you do not play an instrument or sing, Jam Soc is still for you! We will provide a forum that hosts regular updates on exciting gigs happening in the local area, and if there is enough interest in a particular event, group trips can be organised. If you like jamming, going to gigs, or just love music, give Jam Soc a try!

Orchestral Society

President: Jasmine Lo

The Trevelyan College Orchestral Society provides orchestral musicians of all abilities in the college an opportunity to play a wide and varied repertoire of classical and contemporary music with other members of the college. We consist of Trevelyan College Orchestra, an informal, friendly and non-auditioned orchestra open to members of all abilities that rehearses weekly, and Trevelyan College Chamber Orchestra, an auditioned ensemble that aims to perform music to the highest standard possible and rehearses as needed for concerts. Both orchestras aim to play several concerts throughout the year. Our Chamber Orchestra recently combined with Chamber Choir to perform Bach’s Ascension Oratorio, among other pieces, at St. Margaret’s Church. This year we are launching an ‘Ensembles and Concertos Scheme’ which encourages members to perform as soloists and as small ensembles. We’re always looking for new members!

String Ensemble

President: Jasmine Lo

The Trevelyan College String Ensemble (informally known as Trevs Strings) is a small non-auditioning group for string players of any level. We play a variety of music in events such as the Christmas concert, Classical Unplugged and SCR dinners. We have relaxed weekly rehearsals (which includes important biscuit eating along with playing) and new members are always welcome!

TCMS: Trevelyan College Musical Society

President: Jacob Bie

TCMS is one of the largest and most integral societies in Trevs. We perform two shows a year: our main show is performed in February and our shorter summer show in June. We take great pride in having a cast and crew entirely made up of Trevs students and welcome Trevelyanites with any level of experience, from first-time actors to musical theatre veterans. Previous shows have involved almost one hundred members of the college, and TCMS prides itself on its ethos of inclusivity. The musicals deliver some of the highlights of the college year and are opportunities not to be missed!

The Manglers

President: Damon Cleaver

The Manglers are Trevelyan’s house jazz band and have rapidly expanded in the last year, taking on exciting gigs such as the Hild Bede Summer Ball, John Snow’s Annual Dinner and a tour to Dublin.  While non-auditioned, we play at a high level in a variety of styles from jazz standards to funk. Our particular trademark is creating a fun atmosphere through various (not entirely serious) dance moves and audience participation (although there’s no pressure if that doesn’t sound like your thing!). While we encourage solos and provide a relaxed atmosphere to develop improvisation skills, we are also a friendly and inclusive band that caters for all. For more details and videos of some of our antics, check out our Facebook page.

Teaching Scheme

Started last year this scheme partners those who have volunteered to tutor with those who are interested in learning from scratch or continuing to learn an instrument.  The pairs organise their own lessons and so are completely flexible but generally average to a lesson a week.

Tech Committee

Technical Manager:

The Technical Committee is responsible for bringing college events to life through lighting, sound and special effects. We’re always busy during Freshers Week and we set up numerous of events throughout the year such as live music events (Trevs Unplugged) as well as Summer Ball, Trevstock and many more. We also decide what equipment we need to make events the best they can be. If you’re interested in getting involved you don’t need experience and you don’t need to commit to anything.

Music Committee

The Music and Performing Arts Committee meets a few times a term and is composed of the presidents of the music societies in Trevs and senior figures in college. Chaired by the music rep, all musical matters are discussed with the aim of improving the musical experience for the college.



Trevs has a range of music facilities open to student use which can all be booked out by emailing our College Administrator Karen Fisher or through the Porters.


Named in remembrance of Mark Ashton, our MASH Room is a soundproof rehearsal space that contains all the musical and recording equipment a band would need. This space is used by staff and students alike to rehearse just outside of the main accommodation building.


This is a 60-seater recital room in Trevs’ secondary building equipped with a stage and piano. An ideal space for performers to practice in a proper recital space and is even big enough to accommodate chamber ensembles. It is also used as a cinema room by Films on the Hill, our college film society.

James Knott Hall

A hall next to the Dowrick used by a variety of societies, big enough to accommodate our largest groups and so is regularly used by our own orchestras for rehearsals as well as the Hill Orchestra and DUPO from Music Durham.

Small Rehearsal Rooms

The B and E Tutor Rooms inside the main college building both contain a piano, E TV Room is also within the main building and these can all be used for music of reasonable volume since they’re next to student rooms. In the secondary building there is the Multi-Faith room, this can always be accessed through the porters due to its primary function. This room also contains a piano and so if not being used by anyone else can be used as a practice space away from student rooms.

Cinema Room

Deceptively named, the cinema room is a small room upstairs in the secondary building used to store instruments of Trevs students and the music societies’ music. This can be used to store your instrument if you don’t want it in your room or live out.

Music 2

This is a larger storage space next to the Dowrick used for equipment such as our stands and where larger instruments can be stored such as one of our drum kits and double bass.


On top of the large amount of tech equipment that tech comm look after which ranges from our amps and mics to lighting and staging, we also have a small number of instruments that can be used by Trevelyanites. As well as the drum kits and pianos around college we also have instruments such as a double bass, bass guitar and a trombone to name a few and we’re currently raising money to add timpani to that collection.