School of Music
The University Chorus is a large mixed choir of students and staff from throughout the University, in addition to singers from the local community. In the 2015-16 season we will be performing in the University’s choral gala concert in December, and joining with the University Symphony Orchestra in May for a large-scale performance of Brahms’s German Requiem.
There are no auditions for students and staff. Rehearsals take place every Wednesday evening at 7.30 in the Prichard-Jones Hall. Join us at the first rehearsal on the Wednesday evening of Welcome Week (23 September), which is followed by a free cheese and wine party for both new and returning members! An application form may be downloaded by clicking here. It is usually possible to join later in the year; please contact Dr Chris Collins to enquire.
The University Symphony Orchestra is north-west Wales’s premier full-size orchestra, with a membership made up of students and staff from across the University, along with the very best instrumentalists from the surrounding area. The Orchestra rehearses every Monday evening at 7.30 in the Prichard-Jones Hall. Works we’ll be performing in the 2015-16 season include Rachmaninov’s Second Symphony, Elgar’s Cello Concerto, Mahler’s Fourth Symphony, and many others.
If you would like to audition for a place in the Symphony Orchestra, please bring your instrument to the open rehearsal at 7.30pm on the Thursday of Welcome Week (24 September) in the Prichard-Jones Hall, when audition times will be allocated for the following Saturday. Click here to download more information and an application form. The open rehearsal is shared with the Music Society Orchestra, for which there are no auditions; please see below.
It is sometimes possible to join the orchestra later in the year. Please contact Dr Chris Collins to enquire about vacancies.
The University Chamber Choir is a small group of around 20-30 singers, selected by audition. The Choir performs music from the Middle Ages to the present day, and gives regular concerts in Bangor and in other locations. Plans for the 2015-16 season include works by Sibelius, Matthias and Morricone, and the Choir will be competing in the North Wales Choral Festival.
Auditions for the Chamber Choir take place on Friday 25 September in Gartherwen, the School of Music’s new practice suite. An application form may be downloaded by clicking here.
The School of Music also runs a range of specialist ensembles, including an opera group, and early music ensemble, and a new music ensemble. If you would like to express an interest in taking part in any of these ensembles, you may download an application form here.
The Music Society is a student organization whose year-round activities include an orchestra (rehearsals every Friday evening at 7.30), a choir (rehearsals every Tuesday evening at 7.30), lunchtime recitals (Fridays at 1pm in the School of Music), regular evening concerts, and many social events. Membership is open all without audition, and you are warmly invited to come along to the open rehearsals in Welcome Week. For more information please visit the Music Society website.
Other societies affiliated to the Students’ Union include Bangor University Concert Band, Bangor University Brass Band, Bangor University Jazz Band, Bangor University String Orchestra, SODA (musical theatre society), and the Folk Society. Please visit the SU website for more information, or visit the societies’ stands at Serendipity on Wednesday and Thursday of Welcome Week.
Experience Points are awarded for participation in all of these ensembles as part of the Bangor Employability Award. First-year undergraduates may be eligible to receive academic credit for their contribution to the University Chorus, University Symphony Orchestra or University Chamber Choir by choosing the module WXP1014 (Making Music).