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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 – whatever your taste, be it classical, modern or even musical theatre, we have a society for you! As well as regular formal concerts, we also have monthly open mic nights where anyone can take to the stage to perform anything they want. With a hugely friendly and supportive atmosphere it’s a great platform to perform and have fun! The highlight of the musical year comes at the very end when we hold Trevstock in June – a 12 hour-long musical festival in college which features some of the best performances of the year.
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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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Trevelyan College Musical Society is a theatre company based in Trevs. TCMS aims to put on at least one production a year involving solely members of Trevs as far as possible. Although TCMS productions are auditioned, the actors and actresses often range from musical theatre veterans to people who have never been on a stage before. The same concept exists for the Production, Art, Technical, and Front of House teams, which are recruited for on a volunteer basis, in order to give as many as possible an experience of musical theatre. Previous shows have involved almost one hundred members of the college, and TCMS prides itself on its ethos of inclusivity.
We’re a relatively small, informal group that takes on a range of different pieces. Throughout the year we perform in a range of venues, from the smaller churches around the town to Durham Cathedral. In addition, as the college choir we sing in various events during the year such as the college carol service after Christmas Formal, at Trevstock and sometimes at Trevs Unplugged, as well as trying to organise joint performances with other music groups in Trevs. We’re always looking for new singers, so please come along if you’ve ever sung in a choir before, or are interested in the idea – we don’t hold formal auditions, so just let us know if you want to join!
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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 ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ and Boismortier Flute Concertos. This year we doubled in size, with a large intake of Freshers, making this the biggest Flute Choir yet. We were named “Best Small Music Society of the Year” for a second time and have begun saving for an alto flute. Performances have included the Trevs Christmas and Springtime concerts, Trevsmas and Classical Unplugged. Our main objective in Flute Choir is to enjoy ourselves and to keep playing the flute in a friendly and fun environment. At the end of the year, we greatly enjoyed playing at Trevstock and performing our debut of Frozen.
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Trevs A Capella is a non-auditioned choir, which brings together students for the joy of singing without instrumental accompaniment. We sing music ranging from rock and pop to gospel and more traditional – some more challenging than others, and we work hard to make a good ensemble sound. Whether you like singing for fun or love playing around with harmonies or beatboxing, we’re a very friendly bunch and would love to have you in our group. There is no need for previous experience to join us, all you need is the ability to hold a tune and a passion for singing! Our rehearsals are weekly and are always fun and relaxed but challenging at the same time. Throughout the year we perform at a few college events such as Open Mic nights, the annual Christmas Concert and Trevstock, as well as occasional busking on market square, and might even take part in choir competitions.
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 from 7-9pm on Fridays, 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. We’re always looking for new members so feel free to come see what we’re all about!
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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 and a tour to Edinburgh. We have lots of plans to keep going from strength to strength in 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 (though 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.
TCRS is a fun, inclusive group of recorder players who meet every week to play. It is non-auditioned, and abilities range from absolute beginners to very good players – so everyone is welcome. This is our first year in existence, but we will be playing a mix of pieces, classical and more fun, and performing at unplugged and Trevstock. New players are very welcome, and we do have some recorders that can be borrowed – so just let us know if you’d like to. Come along to a taster session or one of our practices to try it out!