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.
This year, we have a number of exciting upcoming performances and look forward to our first concert of the new academic year at St Mary’s Church, Bathwick in November. To prepare for our performances, we rehearse from 19:30-21:30 every Tuesday in the Edge Arts Centre.
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!
We will be hosting open rehearsals at the start of the academic year where you can come along to and see if the choir is for you. If you enjoy it (and we guarantee you will), we will be hosting auditions shortly after. These auditions are very simple and completely pressure-free – there is no preparation needed!
Dates will be confirmed in early September, so watch this space!
Programme this year
Our first concert of the new academic year will be on Saturday 30th November at 19:30 – St Mary’s Church Bathwick, where we will be singing music for Advent and Christmas, including Haydn’s St Nicholas Mass.
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.