A brief introduction
The University Chamber Choir was formed in 1977 with the goal of singing a wide range of choral music - from Tallis to Rutter, Vivaldi to Whitacre. As Students’ Union society, we are formed primarily of students with a student-run committee, plus a few staff members, totalling around 35 voices.
Over the years, we have performed extensively in Bath and the surrounding counties, and recently went on tour to the Netherlands. We lead the annual University Carol Service, usually held in Bath Abbey and partake in various other University ceremonies, such as the University’s 50th anniversary celebration and the University’s welcoming event for the new Vice-Chancellor this year. The choir is conducted by Michael Painting, who has inspired and conducted the Chamber Choir since its founding.
Unfortunately, with the restrictions in place this year due to Covid-19 our programme will not be the same as a usual year in choir. However, the Chamber Choir Committee are looking into safer ways of operating, including larger rehearsal spaces to enable socially distanced practice, and recorded performances in place of our usual first term services and concerts. To prepare for our performances, we normally rehearse from 19:30-21:30 every Tuesday in the Edge Arts Centre, although this is likely to change for at least this term.
Why join the University Chamber Choir?
Within the Chamber Choir, we strive not only to make music, but to also create a welcoming community of members of all ages and backgrounds. Together, we enjoy performing a wide variety of repertoire in a number of great venues; there is always something for everyone.
Being a member of the Chamber Choir will greatly enhance your university experience. It can help you to develop greater self-confidence and organisational skills, expand your musical knowledge and give you a well-deserved break from studying; all of which will benefit you during your degree and in your life post-university. But more importantly, it is a fantastic way to meet a whole host of new people with similar interests to you, get involved in an active and dynamic university society and make life-long friends.
When we’re not singing, we’re a very sociable group holding several socials each month. Whether you like your fine wine and cheese nights or prefer a big night out, going ice skating or a Christmas jumper party, our socials cover it all and our enthusiastic Social Secretary is always open to new ideas.
Is this choir for me?
If you can read music, have some previous singing experience, and are keen to perform fantastic choral music with a group of lovely people, then University Chamber Choir is for you.
Because we are a relatively small choir, we are looking for members who are prepared to commit to attending one 2-hour rehearsal a week and every performance we do. This commitment helps the choir to enhance and develop every member’s choral ability above and beyond the level reached at school, giving you valuable choral experience which will allow you to carry on singing long after graduation.
If you’re still unsure, please don’t hesitate to send a message to our Facebook page or drop us an email. We are happy to answer any questions you might have!
How to join!
If you think that Chamber Choir is for you, we will be hosting auditions at the start of this term. These auditions are very simple and completely pressure-free – there is no preparation needed!
If you are interested, come and meet some of our committee members and learn more about the choir at the SU Virtual Fair, 10am-4pm, 24th-25th of September - we would love to meet you!
We will be auditioning for new members on Tuesday the 29th of September at 19:00, in the Edge Arts Centre.
To sign up, please fill out the form found here:
We look forward to seeing you there!
Programme this year
Sadly, we have decided to cancel our upcoming concert on 21st March due to recent developmnents regarding COVID-19. Depending on the circumstances, we plan to perfrom in St Mary's Church, Bishops Cannings on Sunday 26th April, 18:30 (no tickets required, admission is free). Updates will be posted nearer the time.
Please refer to our events tab to see all of the concerts, carol services and other events that you can see us perform in throughout the year.