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Musical life at Trevelyan
Here at Trevs we pride ourselves on the huge range of musical opportunities there are to get involved in – whatever your taste, be it classical, modern, or musical theatre, we have a society for you! As well as regular formal concerts throughout the year we have events such as our monthly Unplugged which is an open mic night where anyone can perform, and Live on the Hill – our black-tie charity music event. The highlight of the year is Trevstock in June – a 12 hour long musical festival in college which features some of the best performances of the year. We also have our own student tutoring scheme in college for those who want to learn something new or progress further with an instrument they already play.
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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!
Trevelyan College String Ensemble
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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
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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 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 included 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!
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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, many 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 flue in a friendly and fun environment.
Trevelyan College Orchestral Society
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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, fun 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, amongst 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!
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A Cappella 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 as 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 carolling at Christmas to raise money for charity.
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The Manglers is Trevelyan’s house jazz band and has rapidly expanded in the last year, taking on exciting gigs such as Hild Bede Summer Ball, John Snow’s Annual Dinner, and a tour to Dublin. We plan to keep going from strength to strength over the next year, including investing in lots of new music! 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.