Music Groups and Clubs
The Wykeham Singers
The Wykeham Singers is New College’s informal, non-auditioning choir, open to all students in College. They are normally led by a music student or academical clerk (choral scholar), and rehearsals usually take place once a week in the evening. The music ranges from small choral miniatures to full-scale works and cover a variety of styles. Concerts happen towards the end of term, and have recently included Fauré’s Requiem, Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Oxford New Orchestra (ONO)
New College is one of few Colleges in Oxford to have its own, in-house orchestra, made up and conducted by its students. Rehearsals are two hours long and held once a week. Every term, ONO gives a concert in the splendid acoustics of the Antechapel, attended by parents and peers. Recent concerts have seen concerto performances by music and non-music students, including Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Bach’s double violin concerto.
Wednesday Lunchtime Recital
A recital series runs throughout term time. These recitals take place in the Antechapel every Wednesday lunchtime and usually last around half an hour. They are very informal, and offer students of all instruments and abilities a chance to perform in front of smaller audiences (often made up of their friends!). Recitals can also be shared between a number of students, so even if you have only one or two pieces you want to play, get in touch!
String and wind quartets and trios also flourish in College. Taking part in any of the groups above is a great way to meet fellow students and, if the interest is there, to form a chamber group. But if larger ensembles just isn’t your thing, yet you’re interested in being part of a chamber group, ask any of the second and third year music students who will be able to help sort a group!
Open Mic Nights/Karaoke
Open Mic and Karaoke Nights take place in the Bar up to three times per term. Similar to Bryce’s Coffee House in the sense that they provide a friendly and informal atmosphere to perform in, they give the opportunity to make far more noise! Performances at Open Mic in the past few years have varied from solo indie, to heavy metal bands, to stand-up comedy.
New College has its own band room located in the basement of 7OB, complete with guitar amps, a keyboard and a drum kit. This is a fantastic resource for an aspiring band, as well as for individuals! Anyone is welcome to use it, please contact the band room officer for details!