Musical Life at Mildert

Van Mildert is home to a thriving musical community and hosts a variety of outstanding musical societies. Within ‘MildARTS’, Van Mildert creates a musical and artistic environment that even the most hardened rugby player will find difficult to resist! Annual events include the Van Mildert Variety Show, Christmas Carol Service, Epiphany term Musical and the widely acclaimed Van Mildert 48 Hour Musical! Whether it be singing in Van Mildert’s college choir, performing solos on stage to the cheering crowds, or playing in pit bands for the musicals, Van Mildert’s musical life is certainly something to explore!


For information contact Rosie Cooper

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As well as staging a musical Epiphany Term, Mildert is famed for its 48 hour musical, a musical prepared for in… that’s right, 48 hours!

Jam by the Lake

Held once a year on Tees Lawn with the best bands from across Durham and beyond, Jam by the Lake is Mildert’s very own music festival and one not to miss!



Mildert Choir

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Mildert Choir is a fun, unauditioned choir, open to everyone! Some of their main events of the year are singing at the college’s Christmas Carols by Candlelight and taking part in the Hill Colleges joint Evensong in the Cathedral.

Mildert Big Band

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Van Mildert Big Band is the college’s house band, regularly playing at events in the college and also around Durham. From intricate jazz orchestra arrangements to some really gritty James Brown funk, the Band plays music from a range of genres and is always happy to welcome new players of any level of experience.

Jam Society

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Jam Soc is Van Mildert’s live music society. The biggest thing we do? That’d be JAM BY THE LAKE. But there’s a lot more than that: JCR band nights, open mic nights in the bar, and socials. We’re basically a group for anyone who likes music, both musicians and non-musicians alike . . . and who doesn’t like music?! SO JOIN US!

Musical Band


This band is open to anyone, of any standard. The band is required for the termly musical theatre productions of the Variety show, Epiphany term musical and 24 Hour show, and involves a few fun and relaxed rehearsals a term.





MR1, 2 and 3

We have three designated music rooms, including a recording studio with mixing desk, amps and speakers. Mildert students can book these rooms for free through reception.

Ustinov Room

Named after the former Chancellor of the University, the Ustinov room is a large space suitable for groups rehearsals, and also home to a baby grand piano. Mildert students can book the room for free through reception.

Ann Dobson Hall

The Ann Dobson Hall is a large multi-purpose hall, fit for theatrical productions, concerts and other events. To enquire about availability, contact reception.