Somerville has a renowned mixed voice choir, which records albums and tours overseas - most recently to India. Made up of choral scholars and volunteers, the choir plays a strong role in college life, giving regular concerts and performing in the weekly service of choral contemplation on Sunday evenings.
As the choir sings in a non-denominational chapel, their repertoire is considerably wider than other college choirs, including the Bach St John Passion, folksongs from the UK and US and works by composers such as Randall Stroope, Eriks Esenvalds and Cecilia McDowall.
Somerville Orchestra is an informal, non-auditioned group which rehearses once a week. The level is around Grade Five and above but players of all levels are welcome, The orchestra puts on concerts every year with repertoire ranging from Beethoven to Bernstein. There is a dedicated music room with a piano and drum kit, and other rooms that can be used for music practice.
The College hosts an annual Arts Week, which is organised by the JCR Arts Officer, and aims to showcase as many art forms as possible. This can include anything from photography, literature and world music to film screenings and fashion.
Somerville graduates who are forging successful careers as film producers, actors or directors include Calam Lynch, Katie Whittaker, Tessa Ross, Danielle Lux and Martin Roe.