Toot Sweet - Dave Parsons
Toot Sweet has been running every Thursday for three years and is available to any flute players at Exeter College. We play a variety of repertoire which has included "classical" pieces from the 18th to the 20th centuries as well as some jazz, rock and folk influenced pieces some of which were arranged by group members. Toot Sweet offers a regular opportunity for sight reading as well as a number of performances during the college year. The group could also be used by members as part of their course performances where appropriate.
Chamber Orchestra - Ian Rankin
Our Chamber Orchestra rehearses and performs a wide range of challenging classical, romantic and modern mainstream orchestral repertoire engendering musicianship, ensemble and reading skills. Performances include the yearly HE Graduation Ceremony and the highly successful Exeter College Festival of Carols at Exeter Cathedral alongside events at the Mint Methodist church and collaborations with the Exeter College Choral Society.
Exeter College Brass Group – Claude Lamon
The Brass Ensemble is a group that meets once a week. We play a wide range of repertoire from baroque classical and jazz right through to pop and modern music. Last year we did many exciting concerts, looked at some exciting repertoire like Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Bohemian Rhapsody and also played at weddings, which the students got paid for. The beginning of the year saw some members of the Brass Ensemble play for a service for Cardinal Pell at Buckfast Abbey. We are always looking for new members to join.
Exeter College String Group – David Golby
String Group rehearses on a Monday evening in CMP and is open to all string players across the college. We perform and appreciate a wide range of repertoire, from neglected early masterpieces, to popular classics, to arrangements of pop standards and film tunes. Through the enjoyment and versatility of string chamber music students are able to further develop and enhance both their musical and communication skills (and appreciation of tea and biscuits!).
Music Academy Choir - Iorwerth Pugh
The choir is a great opportunity to come face-to face with new and sometimes scary repertoire! We have students who have never participated in classical music singing Haydn and Mozart and classical musicians tackling Aretha Franklin and the Electric Light Orchestra. The choir mostly consists of students from our Music Academy but a quarter are from a diverse range of courses such as the international baccalaureate, science and drama. We work from scores in standard notation and this greatly helps to improve the students’ musicianship.
Big Band - Sarah Dean and Iorwerth Pugh
Now in its 30th year, the Big Band is as popular as ever with students. As with all our ensembles, the Big Band is open to any Exeter College student to join. Our current programme includes Latin American, popular ballads, Motown soul, soundtracks and genuine big band jazz repertoire. We encourage singers to front the band and instrumentalists to improvise. The Big Band has been a launch pad for many musicians over the years and it’s a fantastic opportunity to learn the rewards on offer in meeting the challenge of new and complex styles of music.
Jambassadors – Roz Harding
Jambassadors is a smaller, breakout ensemble selected from Jazz Project. Reasons for selected line up could be due to an interesting combination of instrumentation needing their own space, a group of students wanting to compose for a small band or simply a collective of students wanting to improvise more. This year we have been exploring the music of New York improvisers Snarky Puppy, Brazilian grooves and free improvisation.
Jazz Project – Roz Harding
Jazz Project is an enrichment ensemble for any instrument and is for students interested in exploring jazz rooted music and improvisation. It welcomes everyone, even those with no previous experience playing jazz. We have recently delved into New York Funk, Cuban, West Coast Jazz, Tango, Punk Jazz, New Orleans Street Beat, Jazz, Folk, Contemporary Jazz plus student original compositions and arrangements.