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 2013-14 season we will be performing a seasonal concert in December, and joining with the University Symphony Orchestra in April for performances of Haydn’s Nelson Mass and Herbert Howells’s Hymnus Paradisi.
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 (26 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.
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 2013-14 season include Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony, Elgar’s Enigma Variations, and works by Wagner, Xavier Montsalvatge and Arvo Pärt.
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 Friday of Welcome Week (27 September) in the Prichard-Jones Hall, when audition times will be allocated for the following day. 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. The Music Society will be hosting a big welcome party immediately after the open rehearsal.
The University Chamber Choir is a small group of around 20 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 2013-14 season include Britten’s Ceremony of Carols and a programme of music inspired by the Great War.
Auditions for the Chamber Choir take place on Friday 27 September in the School of Music. An application form may be downloaded by clicking here.
Early Music Bangor comprises instrumental and vocal ensembles specialising in music from the tenth to the eighteenth centuries. Repertoire for the 2013-14 season includes medieval plainchant, Baroque concertos, Classical symphonies, and the accompaniment for performances by the University Opera.
Information about the audition process is included on the application form, which may be downloaded here.
This year, Bangor University Opera will be giving a fully-staged performance of Cavalli’s 17th-century opera Egisto. Rehearsals and workshops are held throughout the year, and all singers are welcome to audition to join the group. Auditions are held on Friday 27 September. An application form may be downloaded by clicking 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 (Tuesdays at 1pm in Powis Hall), 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 Strings and SODA (musical theatre society). Please go to the SU website for more information, or visit the societies’ stands at Serendipity on Wednesday and Thursday of Welcome Week.
For more information on any of the University’s musical activities, please contact Dr Chris Collins.
Experience Points are awarded for participation in all of these ensembles as part of the Bangor Employability Award.