New College has a thriving MADD (Music, Art, Drama and Dance) community with lots of opportunities to get involved. Bryce’s Coffee House is an informal event held a couple times a term in the bar, where anyone can try their hand at any music, poetry, comedy or otherwise MADD-related performance in a relaxed environment. New College also holds an Arts Week once a year in Trinity term, involving concerts, film screenings and more. Upcoming events will be posted on the Calendar, with these and University-wide MADD opportunities also posted on the New College MADD Facebook Group. To perform at Bryce’s Coffee House, or find out more about Arts Week or New College MADD events in general, contact the JCR MADD Rep.
The New College Music Society (NCMS) helps to coordinate student run music within New College. The New College Chamber Orchestra (NCCO) and the Holywell singers are a non-auditioning orchestra and choir respectively, which rehearse once a week with a concert at the end of each term. New College chamber music also offers a way of placing New College students in groups to form string quartets, trios etc. You can also hear recitals in the New College ante-chapel every Wednesday with the visiting artist series displaying local professional talent alongside the JCR and Oxford University members. To get involved with anything NCMS email the current president email@example.com. The New College Choir can also be heard singing in the Chapel six times a week, with their choral scholars also performing separately as an a cappella group called ‘The New Men’ If you want to practice within college, we are lucky to have many spaces that the JCR are welcome to book. The Band Room is located below the JCR with equipment such as a drum kit, PAs, a couple of microphones, a bass amp, and a mixing desk – any JCR member can book this by asking the Porters on a first come first served basis, and equipment can be borrowed for events by contacting the Band Room Officer. The Clore music studios, 11NB and Old Bursary can all be booked via the college intranet, the keys can be obtained from the porter’s lodge. The Clore music studios are found on Mansfield Road and host 4 soundproof music rooms all with Steinway upright or grand pianos. To get involved with University-wide music, check out the OUMS website and sign up to their weekly newsletter.