Trevs has a huge number of music facilities open to student use, a number of which have just been refurbished. This includes our brand new MASH room – a soundproof rehearsal space with all the amps, drums and recording equipment a band could ever need. We also have the Dowrick – a refurbished 60-seater recital room, equipped with stage and piano. This is an ideal space for solo performers to practice in a proper recital space and is also big enough to accommodate chamber ensembles.

In addition, we have the JKH, a big hall next to the Dowrick. This is perfect for bigger ensembles, and is used by the Durham University Orchestras on a weekly basis. There are also pianos located in B ground tutor room, the multi-faith room and another in E TV Lounge. They are open until 10pm-ish, so if you fancy a tinkle on the ivories get down there!

Societies-wise, there’s something for everyone at Trevs – our societies have musicians of every ability and all different kinds. From multiple choirs and orchestras to flutes and jazz, we have a lot going on…see below! And if there’s something else you’d like to start, then by all means set it up.

There’s many music events throughout the year – our regular open-mic ‘unpluggeds’, chamber and orchestra concerts, Christmas Carols, “Live on the Hill”…a lot to be excited about!

All rehearsal spaces can be booked by emailing our lovely College Administrator Karen Fisher, or by talking to the Porters.

Music Rep – Theo Hurford

Book the Mash Room


A Cappella

President: Melissa Aldinger (

Trevs A Cappella 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 us sound good together. 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.

Chamber Choir

President: Gerardine Labonte-Hazlewood (

Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir of roughly 16 singers. We rehearse weekly, and sing a wide and challenging variety of music from the 15th-21st centuries. Annual performances tend to include Christmas Formal, Trevstock, and an evensong, as well as other college performances. If you have any questions feel free to get in touch, and keep an eye out for audition slots in Fresher’s week!


President: Adeline Chow (

We’re a relatively small, informal group that takes on a range of different pieces. Throughout the year we perform in either Durham Cathedral, or one of the smaller churches around the town. 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 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!

Flute Choir

President: Izzy Rudge (

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. As we end this year, we are greatly looking forward to playing at Trevstock, the musical highlight of Summer Term, and performing our debut of ‘Frozen’.

The Manglers

President: Aman Gupta (

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.

TCMS – Trevelyan College Musical Society

 President: Asher Glinsman (

TCMS is one of the most integral societies to Trevelyan College, and is also one of the largest in the college. The society puts on two shows a year; one in the summer for two nights and another in February for four, and prides itself on its consistently all-Trevs cast and crew. The society is extremely friendly and welcomes students regardless of previous experience, with everyone from first-time actors to DULOG regulars frequently taking part in the shows, which are always one of the highlights of the academic year!

Orchestral Society

President: Alice Bell (

Trevelyan College Orchestral society consists of Trevelyan College Orchestra and Trevelyan College Chamber Orchestra. Trevs Orchestra is open to musicians of all abilities and rehearses weekly. It aims to perform one concert per term and play accessible yet challenging music. Chamber Orchestra is our auditioned Orchestra, which rehearses and performs as needed, playing music to a high standard.

Recorder Society

President: Katie McLaren (

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!

 Trevelyan College String Ensemble

 President: Katie Harling – Challis (

Trevelyan College String Ensemble (informally known as Trevs Strings) is a small non-auditioning group for classical string players of any level. We play a variety of music at 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.