The University of Warwick Chorus is the largest choir on campus, boasting around 250 members. With a non-audition policy, the Chorus attracts students and staff from the University, as well as members from the local community. Under the batons of the Director and Assistant Director of Music (click here for more information), the voices of enthusiasts, novices, and the vocally trained come together once a week during term-time.
The repertoire is wide and varied, accommodating traditional tastes as well as the avant-garde and ambitious. Recent large-scale performances have included Verdi’s Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation and Carmina Burana with the visiting Young People’s Symphony Orchestra from California. Members of Chorus are encouraged to make suggestions and requests for repertoire. A list of previous repertoire is available here.
Concerts are performed at least once a term, usually in the Butterworth Hall on campus, seating around 1500; and occasionally off campus in venues such as the spectacular home of the CBSO, Symphony Hall, Birmingham and Coventry Cathedral. The Chorus have performed with professional orchestras, as well as the university’s own talented Symphony and Wind Orchestras. They also tour regularly with the Symphony Orchestra, in recent years travelling to destinations such as Milan, Konstanz and Slovenia. The next tour will be in 2018.
The Chorus rehearse every Thursday of university term time from 7.05pm to 9.30pm in the Woods-Scawen Room, Warwick Arts Centre. Visit the Join Us Page for more information about joining.
Click here to watch our promotional video and to catch a glimpse of what rehearsing and performing with us it like.
Image: @essobecker on Twitter – Belshazzar’s Feast Concert, March 2017