Vanbrugh Rocks Bands

Vanbrugh College has long played host to a number of musical activities, events and facilities that are available for all members of the University of York, staff and students.  

Interested in anything band? Vanbrugh Rocks is an informal group organised by our Rock Tutor with the aim of giving focus to college members who are interested in forming bands, of any style of music, and activities surround and supporting musicians.  Membership gives you access to our facilities, advice from our music staff and invitations to free workshops, training sessions and events.

Vanbrugh Music Facilities: band practice space 'The Garage' and recording studio

Instrument Lending Library Button

Vanbrugh Voices Button

Vanbrugh Chamber Choir Button

Link to Vanbrugh Rocks Facebook Group

Take or Offer Music Lessons

YUSU Societies:

Link to Bandsoc Facebook Group

Link to MusicSoc Website

Link to University Radio York Website

Join Vanbrugh Rocks:

For Current Students at the University of York and Current Staff Members (open to all students and staff regardless of college membership)

For Alumni of the University of York

Membership gives access to The Garage Band Practice Space and Recording Studio, members can borrow instruments from the lending library, attend studio training sessions and workshops.  As the facility is hosted in and maintained by Vanbrugh College there is a small annual charge for non-Vanbrugh members, staff and Vanbrugh alumni to join Vanbrugh Rocks which goes towards the upkeep of our facilities.

  • Vanbrugh Students = FREE
  • Vanbrugh Alumni, Staff = £25/anum
  • Non-Vanbrugh Students = £25/anum
  • (fee is waived for those contributing their time towards Vanbrugh College) 

Vanbrugh Rock Tutor

Steven Burton ( along with a number of staff and students around Vanbrugh and the University, co-ordinate workshops, training sessions, music lessons, jaming groups and music nights and will generally help to put you in touch with the people you need to talk to. Whether you are looking for advice on getting your first gig, busking in the City, where to find an open mic night or your band needs a new drummer, get in touch and sign up to the Vanbrugh Rocks mailing list.

Vanbrugh Rocks Events and Activities

An example of free workshops and music activities include:

  • Guitar Clinic
  • Studio Technician Training
  • Advanced Studio Recording Workshops
  • Post-production Mixing Workshops
  • Microphone Technique workshops
  • Guitar Lessons
  • Singing Lessons
  • DARSH - Drum and Rhythm Section Hub

Guitar Repair / Set Up

For help with electric guitar set up, repairs, rewiring, and upgrades, email: Barry Crump