Ensembles

Symphony Orchestra | Contact: sce@sruct.haryu.lkouoiscicmteco
Managers: Emma Stallard, Alistair Westwood

UCL's full-size Symphony Orchestra sees the university's finest instrumentalists taking on a broad range of challenging repertoire, presented in two concerts in Term 1, as well as the annual production of UCOpera in Term 2. The orchestra is reauditioned every year to provide equal opportunity.

COVID ARRANGEMENT: Due to social distancing restrictions, Symphony Orchestra will be running in-person small chamber ensembles in the Term 1, with a view of restarting full orchestra in the Term 2. We will still aim to run chamber ensembles in-person, in groups of no more than 6 musicians at each rehearsal. However, rehearsals for each group will be less frequent (once a fortnight/ once a month) due to room booking limitations.

Auditions for 2020-21 Term 1: Auditions will be held online, in the form of video submissions and a quick, informal Zoom interview on 10 Oct. If interested please fill in this form to help us better cater the auditions in these extraordinary times. More information on video submissions and sign up for the Zoom interviews will be announced soon.

Chamber Choir | Contact: yucccuiutbr@almo.kmocsoi.ehsrehcci
Manager: Will Tallentire

Chamber Choir draws on the finest singers from Music Society to perform to a high standard, producing some very fine performances of both classical and contemporary pieces. Putting on 2-3 concerts each year with a wide range of repertoire, we also take part in the London Contemporary Church Music Festival in May.

COVID ARRANGEMENT: We will try and run small groups of 6 in sections or mixed, and potentially some Zoom rehearsals. Room bookings should allow for 2 rooms a week, so members will be singing at least twice a month.

Auditions for 2020-21: We will still be able to audition in-person on the week of October 12.The audition will have three components:

  1. Piece of your own choice. Please bring along a solo piece of your own choice (you will also be asked to upload the accompaniment as you fill out the form below). It can be anything at all. Whatever you feel most confident signing. Whatever you think shows your voice off best! Please keep it under or around 5 mins though, if you can.

  2. Prepared piece. One week before your audition you will be sent some choral music to learn in advance of the audition. You'll perform this accompanied by the piano.

  3. Unseen sight reading. In the audition you'll be asked to sight sing some choral music. You won't have seen this music before. Please don't worry though! It'll be straightforward!

Please fill out this form to indicate when it would be convenient/possible for you to audition, and to upload the accompaniment of your chosen solo piece.

Concert Band | Contact: miyleoc.t.cr@ekbauocdcncsusiuntoc
Managers: Natasha Sharma, Katie Wharton
Facebook group

Concert Band is entirely un-auditioned, and consists of fun-loving students from all disciplines, and from a wide variety of musical backgrounds and experiences. It is open to any brass, woodwind or percussion player - we would love to see as many as possible come along!

COVID ARRANGEMENT: Each rehearsal will have no more than 6 people. Rehearsals for each group of 6 will be less frequent (once a fortnight/ once a month) due to room booking limitations.

A Cappella | Contact: ace.itusaeuclualcmpsci.oyklp@co
Manager: Maria Photiou

Have you seen Pitch Perfect? Do you wish you could be a Treblemaker or a Barden Bella? I know I do and if you're like me then A Cappella is the group for you. We pride ourselves on making an incredible sound whilst having the most fun possible. Our repertoire is a mixture consisting of classic A Cappella pieces and upbeat arrangements of more modern songs, so there is something for everyone.

We'll have a virtual taster session on the 7th of October, open to everyone who's interested!

Auditions for 2020-21:Auditions will run both in-person and virtually. These will be held from the 18th of October, subject to room availability. To sign up please fill in this form here.

String Orchestra | Contact: o@ihmcst.gtiet.sosenusiyaclorurcccukr
Manager: Mario Kormann, Nanami Tsuchiyama
Facebook group

Our resident, unauditioned String Orchestra provides all of our string players with an excellent opportunity to enjoy a wide range of repertoire in a relaxed and friendly setting.

COVID ARRANGEMENT: Our beloved unauditioned String Orchestra will not be running on Campus in term 1. As many of us can‘t return to London for this term, we are assessing the capabilities of doing rehearsals, socials or other musical projects virtually. But in order to develop a more concrete plan, we need to know how many of you would join the String Orchestra and whether you’re going to be on campus or not. Please fill out the form here, and let us know more about your plans so that we can decide and inform you what our different String Orchestra for term 1 will look like.

We plan to return to business as usual in January - and are looking forward to seeing many already known and of course new faces. For further questions, please contact our String Orchestra Managers, Mario and Nanami directly.