MAD – Music, Art and Drama.
I’m Ruth and I’m the MAD (Music, Art, and Drama) Officer for Exeter this year. Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions about getting involved with anything in the arts here at Exeter College.
There’s a practise room to be found under staircase 14, equipped with keyboard, various amps and cables, and any equipment you could need, as well as the grand piano in the chapel which can be used with our Organ Scholar’s permission. Exeter’s chapel choir is excellent, and can be auditioned for if you contact Tim Muggeridge, organ scholar.
There is an Exeter-internal system of chamber music, so feel free to get in touch if you’d like to find other players for a particular instrumentation. The chapel is the ideal location for solo performance or those chamber works with a sufficiently slow harmonic rhythm!
The non-auditioning Turl Street Orchestra rehearses in our chapel regularly, and performs in our chapel termly. If you would prefer something more casual than the university’s symphony orchestras, more information and contact details can be found here:
Oxford boasts two large symphony orchestras, OUO (Oxford University Orchestra), and OUPhil (Oxford University Philharmonic). Auditions for these are held at the end of freshers’ week, with audition sign up available at the freshers’ fair, or online at the centralised Oxford University Music Society website — http://oums.org
OUO and OUPhil both give concerts in our back garden (The Sheldonian Theatre), usually exciting rep including the Firebird, Scheherazade, Tchaik 6, Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloe, and similar. OUO hires a professional conductor each term, including big names such as Hugh Brunt. OUPhil holds auditions for its student conductor each Hilary.
There are also always more adventurous (and usually less publicised) concerts taking place each term, so be sure to keep updated on what’s going on at any given time in our fair city through the Exeter College MAD noticeboard!
For all composers and devotees of the ‘New Music’, get in contact at , because I want your music or your performance for Oxford’s ‘Rendezvous’ concert series, featuring only newly written music from Oxford’s greatest young composers.
Exeter is lucky to have a collection of art which belongs to the JCR and which is lent out to students living in college each year to be hung in students’ rooms. Mirren Kessling, our third year Fine Art student, has been working hard on the collection and really we’re very lucky to have it. We hope to make further additions to the collection in the coming year. There are exhibitions and lectures both within and without the university throughout the year, as well as numerous magazines which publish a large volume of student art, as well as original writing from poetry to rant to essay. The college MAD fund has brought guests such as Jem Finer, composer, musician, and Artist, to speak at the university. Our chapel has played host to art exhibitions such as that created by Mirren Kessling, The Tannin Shroud, in MT last year.
As for Drama, there is of course a never-ending stream of student productions throughout each term. People involved in these range from those dipping their toes in the water to dedicated Thespians already carving out a name for themselves. There are numerous theatrically minded individuals in college, some working backstage, as part of the creative team, and some of course on stage throughout the university’s productions.
Some examples of work this term’s students are involved in, as production team, cast, and music, include ‘pussyfooting’ at the Burton Taylor Studio…
… and Singin’ in the Rain on the main stage at the Oxford Playhouse.
More dramatic information here:
Last year our beautiful chapel was host to a number of productions, including a Mozart opera, and a set of three Greek plays as part of the Turl Street Arts Festival.
Exeter is involved every year with the Turl Street Arts Festival in collaboration with Jesus College, and Lincoln College, our nearest neighbours. It’s a fun week of arts-related events in Hilary term run around the colleges, with plays, concerts, art exhibitions, and lectures, all organised by students from the three Turl Street colleges. Look out for the memo inviting everyone to get involved later on in Michaelmas term, whether as organiser or as creative force!