Our music societies are even more numerous than the theatre companies and span a wide range of styles.
Like the Theatre groups, we make use of venues within and beyond the University, including the Gala Theatre and the glorious Durham Cathedral.
Music Durham is the overarching society for our main ensembles, coordinating the activities of the student-run and student-led music societies. Music Durham works closely with all our students and provides the professional Masterclass Series for its members.
The sheer wealth of musical talent here means there is something for everyone - even a DJ Society you could join.
We have three university-level bands.
Then there are choirs. Our students celebrate the rich choral tradition, with seven university choirs to choose from, as well as college and chapel choirs.
We offer excellent opportunities to enjoy music from around the world, with a range of world music groups including Gamelan, and P'Ungmul (the Korean Drumming group). These ensembles benefit from expert teaching led by local musicians and academics from the Music department. There are also a number of chamber groups including New Art Music Ensemble, Horn Society, Dunelm Consort, Flute Choir, string quartets and Divinity Wind Quintet that you can be part of. For those seeking a larger group, the Orchestral Society and the Hill Orchestra offer opportunities.
Each has its own unique atmosphere and ensembles, and there are also some intercollegiate groups. From St Aidan's Voices to Collingwood Big Bang, Hatfield Flute Choir to Mildert's 'Jam by the Lake', plus open-mic events, there is no shortage of music to get involved with and enjoy.
If you love music, you'll find a supportive musical community, where you can set up your own music groups and arrange your own performances. If you are a soloist and want the chance to perform, you can have a slot in the Lunchtime Concert Series which are free to attend, relaxed, and showcase the variety of music Durham has to offer.
Spring 2022 will see the arrival of the much-anticipated All-Steinway School status for Durham University. The beautifully crafted pianos will be accessible to all students regardless of their level of experience both within the Music Department and across all 17 Colleges.
Joining a society is a great way to make friends especially when you share a musical interest. A list of our societies, most with links to their website, can be found below:
The majority of the musical activity is student-led through Music Durham, Student's Union and colleges.