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 – Michael Gargaro



A Cappella

President: Chloe Scaling (

Trevs A Capella is a non-auditioned choir which brings students together to sing pop music from the ages without instrumental accompaniment. Whether you like singing for fun, 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 Unplugged, the annual Christmas Concert and Trevstock, as well as occasional busking on market square.

Chamber Choir

President: Rowan Evans (

Trevelyan College Chamber Choir is an auditioned choir consisting of 16 auditioned singers, with the aim of performing a wide variety of music from varying genres, from 15th Century Polyphony to contemporary compositions.


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: Alison Johnston (

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, much of which is arranged by our MD or other members of Flute Choir. Recent pieces have included an arrangement of ‘Under the Sea’, ‘Mary Poppins’ 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. Highlights of the year have included performing in the Trevs 50th Anniversary Concert and playing externally for the first time. Our main objective in Flute Choir is to ensure members enjoy themselves and continue to play the flute in a friendly and fun environment. As we end this year, we are greatly looking forward to playing at Classical Unplugged and Trevstock, the musical highlight of Summer Term.


President: Thomas Parker (

The Manglers are Trevelyan college’s house big band. We are a non-auditioned big band that perform gigs and rehearse regularly within Durham. We have performed at a number of subject and college events and some events outside of the university such as at the town hall. We also go on tour most years most recently performing in Amsterdam.

Kazoo Orchestra

Trevelyan College Kazoo Orchestra, known informally as Trevs Kazoo Khoir, aims to be the top destination for all things Kazoo-related in Trevs. It will be a friendly and open society where novices and seasoned professionals alike can share in their collective love for the aforementioned membranophone. The society will primarily be a place for people to learn and improve on their Kazoo skills with the eventual aim of the Orchestra exhibiting their hard work at events, both at a college and wider university level.

TCMS – Trevelyan College Musical Society

President: Jonathan White (

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 great 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. The musicals deliver some of the highlights of the college year and are opportunities not to be missed!