School of Music

Choirs and Orchestras

Bangor University Chorus

Image of the University Orchestra and ChorusThe 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 2014-15 season we will be performing Saint-Saëns’s beautiful Christmas Oratorio in December, and joining with the University Symphony Orchestra in May for a large-scale performance of Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony.

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 (24 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.

Bangor University Symphony Orchestra

Image of the University Symphony Orchestra cellosThe 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 2014-15 season include Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony, Beethoven’s Third Piano Concerto, Ravel’s Pavane pour une infante défunte, Ligeti’s Atmosphères (as heard in the film 2001: A Space Odyssey), and Sibelius’s First Symphony.

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 (26 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. An application form may be downloaded by clicking here.

Bangor University Chamber ChoirLlun o'r Cor Siambr

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 2014-15 season include a very special concert in October as part of the international Dylan Thomas 100 festival, and further concerts in December and March.

Auditions for the Chamber Choir take place on Friday 26 September in the School of Music. An application form may be downloaded by clicking here.

Early Music Bangor

Early Music Bangor comprises instrumental and vocal ensembles specialising in music from the tenth to the eighteenth centuries. The group rehearses intermittently during the year. Information about the audition process is included on the application form, which may be downloaded here.

image of OperaBangor University Opera

This year, Bangor University Opera will be giving the UK premiere of Erich Zeisl’s rarely-performed opera Job. Rehearsals and workshops are held throughout the year, and all singers are welcome to audition to join the group. Auditions are held on Friday 26 September. An application form may be downloaded by clicking here.

The Music Society

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 ensembles

Other societies affiliated to the Students’ Union include Bangor University Concert Band, Bangor University Brass Band, Bangor University Jazz Band, Bangor University Strings, SODA (musical theatre society), and the Bangor University Gilbert & Sullivan Society. Please visit 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. 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).

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