Choral and vocal groups

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University Singers

  • Auditioned: Audition required
  • Rehearsals: Wednesdays 2.15 - 4.45pm, Victoria Rooms
  • Beginning: 2 October

Singers consists of around 35 members and performs a wide range of classical music from the Renaissance through to the present day, mainly unaccompanied. It is run by an experienced professional conductor and contributes three concerts to our lunchtime series, one each term, and occasionally repeats these outside the University. The Singers will also be performing a Christmas concert in the last week of the autumn term.

University Chamber Choir

  • Auditioned: Audition required
  • Conductor: Benedict Dimond
  • Rehearsals: Monday 7.00 - 21.15pm, Victoria Rooms
  • First rehearsal Sunday 6 October, see Victoria Rooms noticeboard for details

The Chamber Choir is a high standard auditioned group of around 40-50 singers, performing a wide range of choral repertoire in several concerts over the course of the year. Highlights will include a Christmas Carol Concert, a recital at Bristol Cathedral and a performance at Bristol University's Summerfest. We will also feature in a joint project with the University Chamber Orchestra with performances in venues in Bristol and on tour in Europe.

University Symphony Chorus

  • Auditioned: No
  • Conductor: John Pickard
  • Rehearsals: Thursday 5.30 - 7.00 pm, Victoria Rooms
  • Beginning: 3 October

Formerly the University Choral Society, the University Symphony Chorus has a new name this year but is, as ever, open to all staff and students and to anyone associated with the University. There is no audition and anyone can join, though members are expected to be capable of singing from a score and to attend most of the rehearsals. We give one concert a year and participate in the University Christmas Carol Service on the final Wednesday of the Autumn Term. This year's concert (Saturday 21March 2020) will include Vaughan Williams’s A Sea Symphony with the University Symphony Orchestra and professional soloists. You can enrol online (joining fee £12.00) at shop.bris.ac.uk from 23 September or in person at the first rehearsal. If you enrol online, please keep your email receipt as confirmation of enrolment and bring it with you to the first rehearsal so that you can collect your vocal scores. Please contact the Music Department's Concerts and Resources Office with any queries (tel. 0117 331 4044). The joining fee includes a copy of the music for you to keep. 

University Church Choir

  • Auditioned: No
  • Director: Isaac Powell
  • Rehearsals: Friday 5.30 - 7.00pm, St. Paul’s Church

The University Church Choir is a friendly, non-auditioned group based at St. Paul’s Church, Clifton (behind the Victoria Rooms). We usually sing each week for the Sunday morning service, and twice a term we sing Choral Evensong. Other highlights include Advent and Christmas carol services, Allegri’s Miserere on Ash Wednesday and an end of year concert. Every summer we have a cathedral tour, spending a week singing the services in a UK Cathedral. We have a high turnover of music with an ever-expanding repertoire and an active social programme. Membership is free – just turn up on a Friday! See us at the Freshers Fair or email us at uobchurchchoir@gmail.com

University Madrigal Ensemble (BUME)

  • Auditioned: Audition required
  • Conductor: Harry Kirby
  • Rehearsals: Thursdays 7.00 - 9.15pm, Victoria Rooms
  • Details of auditions and rehearsal venue at the Freshers Fair 2019

BUME is a 16 strong choir of auditioned singers, who perform unaccompanied music from across the ages. The choir sings a wide range of repertoire from Renaissance madrigals and English part-songs to contemporary art song and jazz arrangements. Each year the choir goes on a tour to Cornwall at the end of the summer term to perform in a series of concerts at locations such as Truro Cathedral and St Endellion, this year will be their 38th annual tour! For any questions, contact Roger Kelly (president) at bristolume@gmail.com

Schola Cantorum

  • Auditioned: Audition required
  • Rehearsals: To be confirmed

The Schola Cantorum is an auditioned women's choir, open only to music students (and joint-honours music students). We specialise in Medieval Music. Find out more about the Schola Cantorum.

University of Bristol A Cappella Society

The Bristones

  • Auditioned: No

The Bristones is a mixed unauditioned group which allows people of all abilities the opportunity to join in with a wide variety of music. We are the biggest group of the society and we encourage absolutely everyone to sing A Cappella. So if you enjoy singing please come along! And don’t worry, the ability to read music is not required. We rehearse once a week in an extremely fun, laid-back and sociable environment. 

Find us at FRESHERS FAIR or email thebristones@uobacappella.org.uk

Top Note

  • Auditioned: No

We are the upper-voice part unauditioned group, but not just a female group. This fun and relaxed group is for all-abilities and over the past year we have sung songs ranging from country classics to David Guetta. In the coming year we will be making plenty more music! Come join us and hit your top note!

Find us at FRESHERS FAIR or email topnote@uobacappella.org.uk

The Tone Rangers

  • Auditioned: No

We’re the unauditioned group for lower voice parts. We sing a massive range of music from barbershop to Katy Perry and everything in between!  We’re really social with the other groups, especially Top Note, and can’t wait to see what the next year brings!

Find us at FRESHERS FAIR or email thetonerangers@uobacappella.org.uk

All Sharps

  • Auditioned: Audition required

All Sharps are a 16-strong mixed auditioned group and the society's oldest group. We sing a wide variety of different songs from close-harmony, to popular music, to Disney. We audition members as part of a group so if you're nervous about singing by yourself, don't worry! If you're someone who loves singing all kinds of music in a laid-back environment then do apply!

Find us at FRESHERS FAIR or find us on Facebook!

The Bristol Suspensions

  • Auditioned: Audition required

The Bristol Suspensions are a mixed 17-piece group who specialise in modern a cappella. Following their appearance on BBC 1’s Pitch Battle, their 3rd successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and their tour of USA, not to mention becoming the Voice Festival UK University Champions 2016, ICCA Semi Finalists 2017 and UK ICCA Runners Up 2018, they are looking for strong singers of all parts (and beatboxers) to continue their success. 

Find us at FRESHERS FAIR or visit facebook.com/thebristolsuspensions or email enquiries@bristolsuspensions.co.uk

Academy

  • Auditioned: Audition required

Academy are the society’s all-male-identifying auditioned group! They have taken the UK a cappella scene by storm, appearing on Sky 1 HD’s Sing: Ultimate A Cappella in October, becoming both ICCA and Voice Festival semi-finalists on their first year of entering, having a successful run at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and releasing their first music video. We are looking for all male voice parts to continue this group's success in what is shaping up to be an exciting year!

Find us at FRESHERS FAIR or find us on Facebook.

Pitch Fight

  • Auditioned: Audition required

Pitch Fight are Bristol University's all female identifying a cappella group. We have featured on Sky One's Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, taken a show to the Edinburgh Fringe, filmed a music video and become 2018 ICCA UK Finalists and VoiceFest finalists; receiving awards for Outstanding Choreography and 3 Outstanding Soloist awards. This coming year we're hoping to grow even more, and we're looking for strong female singers and a beatboxer to join us along the way. Find us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter for more info!

Find us at FRESHERS FAIR.  

Brizzlebox

  • Auditioned: Audition required

Brizzlebox, the Society's youngest group, is entirely devoted to beatboxing and sound effects! We fool around with microphones and loop pedals and produce top-quality, genre-fusing covers as well as original material. We love opening society shows and providing a rhythm section for other groups, but are looking to get more involved with beatboxing competitions and other opportunities this year!

Find us at FRESHERS FAIR or visit facebook.com/brizzlebox

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