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University Singers

  • Auditioned: Audition required
  • Conductor: Elinor Cooper
  • Rehearsals: Wednesdays 2.15 - 4.45pm, Victoria Rooms
  • Beginning: 28 September

Bristol University’s most prestigious choir, University Singers perform a wide range of music from the Renaissance to present day to a professional standard. The choir consists of around 28 singers and is directed by experienced professional conductor, Elinor Cooper.  University Singers perform at least three concerts a year, and are often invited to take part in recordings and other professional opportunities outside the university. 

University Chamber Choir

  • Auditioned: Audition required
  • Conductor: Harrison Robb
  • Rehearsals: Tuesdays 5.00 - 6.45pm, Victoria Rooms
  • First rehearsal Sunday 2 October, see Victoria Rooms noticeboard for details

The University Chamber Choir is an auditioned group of around 40-50 high standard singers, performing a wide and varied range of choral repertoire over the course of the year. Highlights for this year will include a Christmas Carol Concert and a joint project with the University Chamber Orchestra. We look forward to welcoming everyone back to in-person rehearsals and creating some live music. If you need any more information please email our manager at bumschamberchoir@outlook.com

University Symphony Chorus

  • Auditioned: No
  • Conductor: John Pickard
  • Rehearsals: Thursdays 5.30 - 7.00pm, Victoria Rooms
  • Beginning: 29 September

The University Symphony Chorus is 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 a full-length concert every March and participate in the University Christmas Carol Service at the end of the Autumn Term. This year, we will be preparing and performing Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle. The enrolment fee is £15.00 and you can enrol online here. 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. The joining fee includes a copy of the music for you to keep. Please contact the Music Department's Concerts and Resources Office with any queries (tel. 0117 331 4044). 

University Church Choir

  • Auditioned: No
  • Director: Sunny Lee
  • Rehearsals: Fridays 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 sing a range of Anglican choral music to a high standard. We usually sing each week for the Sunday morning service, and Choral Evensong twice a term. Other highlights include our Advent/Christmas carol services, Choral Evensong at Bristol Cathedral, Allegri’s Miserere on Ash Wednesday and a summer 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. We also regularly premiere new music by Bristol composers. We have an active social programme and are always ready to welcome new faces.

Find us at Freshers' Fair or email uobchurchchoir@gmail.com

University Madrigal Ensemble (BUME)

  • Auditioned: Audition required
  • Conductor: Harry Kirby
  • Rehearsals: Thursdays 7.00 - 9.00pm, Victoria Rooms

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.

Details of auditions and rehearsal venue will be released on our Facebook page 'Bristol University Madrigal Ensemble'.

For any questions, contact Meg Rees, 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.

Dame Monica Wills Chapel Choir

  • Auditioned: Audition required
  • Director: David Dewar
  • Rehearsals: Friday 6.00 - 6.30pm, Dame Monica Wills Chapel, Wills Hall, North Village, BS9 1AE

The Chapel Choir is a friendly, auditioned group based at the Chapel of Wills Hall on the Downs, Clifton. It is the only collegiate style chapel establishment in the university. We usually sing each week for the Friday evening service, which is either Choral Evensong or Compline. Music is based on traditional church music from the 14th to the 21st centuries. Other highlights include Advent and Christmas carol services, Allegri’s Miserere on Ash Wednesday, Remembrance Sunday, and sometimes a cathedral residency or a concert tour in the UK or Europe. Choral Scholars sing in a splendid acoustic, and a new concert series is to be started in the chapel. The chapel website is www.willschapelchoir.prof.org.uk. Contact us at chapelchoir@prof.org.uk

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, on Facebook or email bristones@uobacappella.org.uk

Top Note

  • Auditioned: No

We are the upper-voice part unauditioned group, but not just a female group - if you can hit those top notes then anyone is welcome! This fun and relaxed group is for all-abilities and this past year we have had a lot of fun singing songs by artists like Jess Glynne. In the coming year we are planning to make 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 is an auditioned mixed chorus made up of members who want a more challenging and rewarding experience singing a cappella. We sing a huge variety of music, ranging from close-harmony and barbershop to collegiate a cappella. 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 email allsharps@uobacappella.org.uk or find us on Facebook!

The Bristol Suspensions

  • Auditioned: Audition required

The Bristol Suspensions are a mixed group who specialise in modern a cappella. We sing a variety of music, from pop to country to techno (with beatboxing and soloists) – you name it, we’ve sung it! We have recorded three albums, our recent album ‘Red Hot’ winning 3 CARA awards. In addition, we have released five music videos, sung on live radio, released a single, and appeared on BBC1’s Pitch Battle! We have competed at the ICCA Semi-finals, won an ICCA Quarterfinal and won the UK ICCA final in 2021! Having received awards for Outstanding Arranging, Choreography and Vocal Percussion. We are looking for strong singers of all parts (and beatboxers) to continue our success.

Find us on Facebook, Instagram or email enquiries@bristolsuspensions.co.uk for more info!

Find us at Freshers' Fair.

Academy

  • Auditioned: Audition required

Academy is the society’s all-male-identifying auditioned group and have developed into one of the finest all-male groups in the country. We have taken the UK a cappella scene by storm, appearing on Sky 1 HD’s Sing: Ultimate A Cappella, becoming both ICCA and Voice Festival semi-finalists on our first year of entering. We have also released an album, ‘Exhibit A’, which won a CARA award. We are looking for motivated singers and beat-boxers to continue this group's success. Find us on Facebook, Instagram or email academy@uobacappella.org.uk for more info!

Find us at Freshers' Fair.

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 were 2018 ICCA UK Finalists and VoiceFest finalists; receiving awards for Outstanding Choreography and 3 Outstanding Soloist awards. We are looking for strong female singers and beatboxers to join us. Find us on Facebook, Instagram or email pitchfight@uobacappella.org.uk for more info!

Find us at Freshers' Fair.  

Brizzlebox

  • Auditioned: Audition required

Brizzlebox is a mixed auditioned group 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. We are looking to get more involved with beatboxing competitions and other opportunities this year! Find us on Facebook or email brizzlebox@uobacappella.org.uk for more info!

Find us at Freshers' Fair. 

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