Choirs and Orchestras
We are very much hoping that Covid regulations will allow us to resume a full programme of University Symphony Orchestra and Chorus events this year. This will be a particularly special year as we celebrate 100 years of music making at Bangor, under the baton of our new Director of University Music, Gwyn L Williams. We therefore invite all those who wish to be involved to register their interest as in previous years. The situation will of course be kept under review, following all appropriate Welsh Government guidance.
University Symphony Chorus
If you enjoy singing, you’ll want to join Bangor University Symphony Chorus. The Chorus is a large SATB choir, made up of students from across the University, joined by staff and the best singers from the local community.Singing in a choir is both healthy and intellectually stimulating, and our rehearsals offer a great way to make new friends. All students, staff and recent graduates are welcome to join, regardless of previous choral experience. There are no auditions.
Rehearsals take place every Wednesday evening at 7.30 in the Prichard-Jones Hall.
Application form to join the University Symphony Chorus - available here.
University Symphony Orchestra
Bangor 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.
Application form to join the University Symphony Orchestra - available here.
University Chamber Choir
The University Chamber Choir is a small group of around 24 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. It rehearses every Wednesday at 7.30pm in the Music building.
All students interested in joining the choir are invited to come along to the open choral rehearsal on Wednesday evening of Welcome Week (22 September), at 7.30pm in the Prichard Jones Hall.
Application form to join the University Chamber Choir - available here.
The School of Music also runs a range of specialist ensembles, including an opera group, an early music ensemble, and a new music ensemble. If you would like to express an interest in taking part in any of these ensembles, please contact Bethan Brown.
The Music Society
The Music Society (Musoc) is a student organization whose year-round activities include an Orchestra (rehearsals every Tuesday evening at 7.30 during term time), a Choir (rehearsals every Friday evening at 7.30 during term time), lunchtime and evening concerts, and many social events. Membership is open to 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 performing groups
Other societies affiliated to the Students’ Union include the Concert Band, the Brass Band, the Jazz Band, the String Orchestra, a musical theatre society (SODA), a Welsh-language choir (Aelwyd JMJ), the Acapella Society, the Film Society, the Folk Society (Cadi Ha), a Welsh-language drama and literature society (Cymdeithas John Gwilym Jones), two English-language drama societies (BEDS and ROSTRA), the Circus Society (Cirque du Soc), and BU Dance – alongside many more! Please visit the SU website for more information, or visit the societies’ stands at Serendipity on Wednesday of Welcome Week.
Note: Experience Points are awarded for participation in all of these ensembles as part of the Bangor Employability Award.
Performance opportunities for the local community
Singers are very welcome to join the University Symphony Chorus for a small fee. See above for more information and a link to the application form.
Bangor University Community Orchestra meets eight times a year for a full day of orchestral playing. Instrumentalists of all standards are welcome to join. More information can be found at the Bangor University Online Shop here.
The best local instrumentalists of all ages are welcome to audition for a place in the University Symphony Orchestra (see above).