UCL Music Society runs a range of activities and events for anyone who wants to get involved with music at UCL!
We have an auditioned Orchestra, Chamber Choir and A Cappella Group, while our main Chorus, Concert Band and String Orchestra are un-auditioned and open to everyone. We hold a variety of concerts and social events throughout the year, including collaborations with other societies. During term two the Chorus and Orchestra join forces to become UCOpera, the most ambitious student opera company in the country, bringing rare works back to the stage.
Symphony Orchestra | Managers: Annabel Butler, Yanghe Liu
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.
Symphony Chorus | Managers: Anika Jayanth, Ursula Perry
Our largest un-auditioned singing group produces incredibly high quality music despite the wide range of choral experience of its members. Major symphonic works are presented in cooperation with the orchestra, and the group takes part in a complete opera staging in Term 2. All students and staff welcome!
Chamber Choir | Manager: Maria Khokhar
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.
Concert Band | Managers: Daphne Sarkany, Claudia Yang
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!
String Orchestra | Managers: Mario Kormann, Qianjing Qin
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.
A Cappella [The Eustones and The Altones] | Manager: Ian Koh, Helena Xu
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. The first two rehearsals of the academic year are open to all, after which auditions are held.
Our memberships (2021/22):
Remote membership (Free) gives access to:
- All virtual rehearsals and socials
Social membership (£15) gives access to:
- All socials (virtual and in person)
- Our members' newsletter, advertising musical opportunities at UCL
- Our database of UCL musicians interested in performing chamber music, from which you can form your own ensembles
- Our successful Music Society families system
Standard membership (£30) gives access to:
- Everything included in the remote and social membership
- All 6 musical ensembles (you can join as many as you'd like!)
- All in person rehearsals and concerts
- Participation in our annual UCOpera
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