Please note: the form of most of our events this year is likely be subject to change, due to regulations imposed by the Covid-19 epidemic. These changes will be made in line with appropriate risk assessments.
On this page, you'll find information about all of the musical events and performances we are planning to put on as a society this year! (Why not have a browse through our Instagram and YouTube to get a taste for what's coming up?)
Freshers' Week 2020
- Virtual Freshers Fair: Thurs 24th- Fri 25th September.
- If you want to find out more about our society, come and take part in the webinars we’ll be holding during Virtual Freshers' Fair: Join at 2 on Thursday here and at 2 on Friday here to get a presentation of ChaOS and ask any question about us. (Click here to know more)
- ChaOS Taster Day: Saturday 26th September
- Join us on a ChaOS-filled day to find out more about each of our ensembles! (Click here for timings)
Big Band Idol - Postponed
Big Band Idol is one of our first big events of the year. This is our annual competition to decide who gets to be this year's singer for Big Band! Due to Covid-19, our BBI this year has been postponed, at least until semester 2.
The way performances take place this year may be slightly different to previous years (due to Covid-19 regulations) -but don't let this put you off! If you would like to audition as a singer, please contact Big Band's Ensemble Manager, Tom Jose (firstname.lastname@example.org).
We hold Informal Recitals throughout the year for anyone to perform in a relaxed atmosphere in smaller groups or solo. They are not auditioned and are open to everybody in the society to perform or watch. Information about these will be given during weekly rehearsals and society emails.
Christmas Concert - Cancelled :(
Every year we have our traditional Christmas Concert in a local venue, usually a church. We have an afternoon and an evening concert, each featuring half of our supported ensembles with a variety of music styles. This year, we are hoping to hold our Christmas Concert on Saturday 5th December 2020 in Ascension Church, Oldfield Park. Listen to our 2018 Christmas concert on YouTube.
Vocal Fest is our celebration of everything voice! Twice a year we hold day-long workshops for all our vocal ensembles, often led by brilliant vocal coaches (and experts in their field). Last year, our workshops were run by Tim Snowden (Alley Barbers MD), and Charles MacDougall.
Formal Recital - Sunday 21st March 2021
The Formal Recital is the main opportunity for our members to show off their individual talents. Although we hold informal recitals throughout the year, the Formal Recital is a formal event held in the Edge for small groups and soloists to perform in front of an audience. Auditions are held about three weeks in advance.
This year, Formal Recital will be held on Sunday 21st March 2021. Information about auditions will be given in weekly rehearsals and society emails.
Easter Concert - Saturday 24th April 2021
Our second society-wide concert of the year takes place around Easter, also held in a local venue. All of our ensembles will be performing across two concerts throughout the afternoon and evening. This year, it will be held on Saturday 24th April 2021 at St Mary's Church, Bathwick. Listen to our 2019 Christmas concert on YouTube.
Big Band have played at many end-of-year balls and have previously staged their own Jazz Night on campus. We are hoping to continue that this year.
Other Concerts and Performances
For the last three years, Orchestra has performed their own concerts twice a year in churches across Bath, sometimes in collaboration with our Choir. In April 2019 they performed a full orchestral repertoire for the first time, performing Dvorak's Slavonic Dances (No. 8), Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1 in Eb major, and Dvorak's Symphony No. 8.
Two years ago, our Concert Band attended the first South West Universities Concert Band Festival in Exeter, performing alongside Exeter and Bristol university concert bands. This year, we are hoping to collaborate with other universities by hosting the South West Universities Concert Band Festival.
Our Big Band also get invited to perform at many events, one of the most prestigious being the RAF Centenary Ball.
Busking also takes place during the run-up to Christmas, with some of our ensembles performing at the Christmas markets in Bath city centre to raise money for ChaOS.
Want to know more?
If you have any questions regarding events or concerts, please don't hesitate to ask our Events Officer, Maddy Porter (email@example.com), or any other committee member.