Surrounding the University Music Department, Vanbrugh College has many ties with Music. It was the College of Music Department founder Wilfrid Mellers in the 1960s and has remained a popular choice for prospective Music students.
As the self-proclaimed 'Music College', Vanbrugh hosts a number of musical activities, known collectively as 'Vanbrugh Music. These run separately to University-wide, and student led YUSU societies, although we continue to embrace and develop ties to groups and organisations both within the campus and in the city.
Vanbrugh is unique in emloying College Music Tutors to run the musical activities of the College.
The current Music Tutor is Tom Marlow who welcomes any Vanbrugh student or member of staff who enjoys singing or playing an instrument to participate in the variety of musical groups and associated social activites, including Vanbrugh Voices and the Chamber Ensemble.
Join the Vanbrugh Music Facebook Group.
Vanbrugh Rock Tutor, Steven Burton, runs an informal social group known as Vanbrugh Rocks, and offers advise on getting a band started, recording, gigging and the wider opportunities for bands in York. Steven also organises Vanbrugh's band practice space, The Garage along with its recording studio facility, and Vanbrugh's Instrument Lending Library.
A wonderful mix of old and young performers, experienced and inexperienced, all coming together to make traditional and popular music for fun.
An ensemble for instrumentalists of all abilities.
For anyone looking to start a band, or looking for space to rehearse, look no further than The Garage.
NEW FOR 2012: The Garage Recording Studio
Need a drum kit for a gig? Want to borrow a guitar before you buy one? See our Instrument Lending Library for more details.
For anyone wishing to learn an instrument, we have many music teachers at the University. See our directory of instructors.
The JCR run regular open-mic sessions on Monday evenings in V-Bar, during term-time, from 8:30pm. For further information please contact the JCR Ents Committee, or just turn up.