There is a strong music tradition in college, and a new organ was installed in the chapel in 2015.
The Music Room provides an elegant venue for small recitals, and the piano's warm and expressive tone is well matched to these pleasant and comfortable surroundings. The instrument will also often be available for students to use for practice. There is a collection of pianos at Downing, which includes a Steinway grand in the Howard Theatre, a Yamaha grand in the Master's Lodge, and upright pianos in the Howard Building and the Chapel. These venues are all used for concerts and recitals of various kinds.
The Downing College Music Society offers a full programme of events, including orchestral concerts, recitals featuring soloists and small ensembles, and jazz evenings in the Butterfield Bar. Further details of forthcoming events can be found on the Downing College Music Society Facebook page.