Darwin College Students' Association

Darwin College Music Society

Music Society


Darwin College Music Society as a musical forum for members of Darwin College. No matter what kind of music you're interested in, be it rock, choir or chamber orchestra, we're here to get you connected with other like-minded musicians in college.

The Committee

The Darwin College Music Society Committee works with the College’s Director of Music, Dr Chloe Valenti, to organize musical activities and events during the term. The Director of Music and the Committee publicise the events, book venues, make the programmes, set up the room and generally oversee the event on the day. Anyone is welcome to contact the Committee at any time with ideas for musical events and we endeavour to help in any way we can!

New members and ensembles are warmly welcome! The Committee generally meets once a term to discuss how the Society can continue to foster musical activities in the college.

If you would like to become a member of the Society and receive emails about musical events, or if you want to play an official role in the running of the Society, please email Dr Chloe Valenti on cv244@cam.ac.uk.

Music Equipment and Facilities in College

Darwin college has four pianos: two uprights, one in the Common Room and the other in No. 1 Newnham Terrace, an electronic piano in the Old Library, and a grand piano in the Dining Hall. For more information about accessing the College instruments, see the music page on the College website: https://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/music

We have a range of equipment available to members of the DCMS and organise jam sessions, concerts and social events at college. If you have any queries about the instruments or equipment in College please contact Chloe (cv244@cam.ac.uk).

Instrumental Award Scheme

Darwin students can apply for the University Instrumental Award Scheme (these can be renewed annually). Applications must be in before starting in Freshers’ Week, for more information see: http://www.study.cam.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/musicawards/instrumental.html

Don’t forget to bring your instruments with you when you move to Cambridge – we want you to take part!

Darwin College Chamber Orchestra

Darwin College Chamber Orchestra is a non-audition ensemble which welcomes enthusiastic performers of any instrument, experience or standard. Each term we hold concerts with different themes. Please contact our conductor, Atipat on ap774@cam.ac.uk, for more information.

Darwin College Choir

Darwin College Choir is a group of enthusiastic singers specialising in contemporary choral music across a variety of genres. Rehearsals are held one evening per week. We aim to put on one concert per term, but we also welcome collaborations with other Darwin music ensembles and Cambridge choral groups, whether that means a combined Evensong service with Queens Graduate Choir or a casual outdoor sing-along with the folk ensemble. All keen singers are welcome! We are currently looking for a new Choir Director. For more information, email Chloe (cv244@cam.ac.uk).

Darwin Band

Interested in joining a fun, friendly and eclectic band? The Darwin Band perform music of various genres including rock, funk, pop, soul - you name it! The band is frequently hired to play in College bars and garden parties around the University, 2016 saw us playing a May Ball every night of May week! The band also headline Open Mic nights which are held within Darwin college, these nights will be for all to enjoy and perform if you wish. The 2016 line up included guitars, bass, keyboard, percussion, lead singer and backing vocals. However, we welcome anyone and any instrument. If interested in performing with the band, email Joel Chappell (jc917@cam.ac.uk)!

Darwin College Folk Ensemble

A relaxed and quirky ensemble made up of an array of instrumentalists performing folk-inspired music with a twist. The ensemble is open to perform any music you like - the folk part will come naturally! Instrumentalists have included recorders, violin, double bass, mandolin, ukeleles, singers, banjo, cajon, congas, melodicas and even a glockenspiel! There is a place for everyone in the band and we encourage you to try it out! Email Chloe at cv244@cam.ac.uk to find out more!

Darwin College Open Mic Nights

Held once a term, the open mic nights have proven to be some of the most successful events in college! Open to all interested performers and put on in the bar, it is a chance for all to let their hair down and support the fantastic musicians we have around college. If you would be interested in helping out organise, sing, accompany, perform etc. then email Chloe at cv244@cam.ac.uk!

Join your Music Society!

Join our mailing list by emailing Dr Chloe Valenti on cv244@cam.ac.uk

Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/180145377845/

Check out the music page on the college website: web: https://www.darwin.cam.ac.uk/music


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