The Music Society is one of the Union’s oldest, largest and most ambitious societies. It performs challenging repertoire in multiple concerts each year at venues across London as well as on campus. University College Opera has formed an intrinsic part of the Society for more than half a century, and will celebrate its 65th Anniversary in 2016.
The society currently runs six ensembles, the Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir and A Cappella, which are auditioned, and the Symphony Chorus, Concert Band and String Orchestra which are open to all.
The society presents several concerts during the Autumn Term: the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus join forces for two concerts, while the Chamber Choir performs both unaccompanied works, and with selected musicians from the Symphony Orchestra. Concert Band and String Orchestra each perform one concert towards the end of the Autumn and Spring Terms. The Music Society greatly encourages and engaged with collaborative work with other Arts Societies such as Musical Theatre, Jazz, and Live Music, among many others which come together to form the UCLU Culture Club.
While Chamber Choir, Concert Band and String Orchestra continue through Spring Term, in January the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus combine to form University College Opera. UCOpera is probably the most ambitious student opera company in the country, providing students with a unique opportunity to perform exciting, challenging pieces with professional soloists and directors. University College Opera is known for its productions of rare and underperformed works, and has performed a number of UK premieres to great acclaim.
For information about joining the society please look at the individual ensemble pages. If you can see a gap in our provisions please let us know. We have in the past formed various chamber groups for public performances and private functions.
As well as our large ensembles we are happy to facilitate smaller groups, please contact us if you have an idea. We can provide rehearsal space and we can help to find you copies of the music (Senate House library is a good place to start) and also a performance opportunity. We also have close links with UCL Chamber Music Club who put on regular performances of chamber music and are always on the lookout for willing performers. For more information about the club take a look at their website at www.ucl.ac.uk/chamber-music.
Other ways to get involved
In addition to the ensembles there are other services and opportunities that the society can provide, and we are more than happy to add to these if there is enough interest, so please let us know if there’s something you think is missing.
If you are a pianist there are limited opportunities within ensembles, however the Union can provide practice rooms. To use a practice room please visit the CSC reception on the second floor of the Bloomsbury building with your UCL ID. We can also keep your details in a database if you like, as we occasionally get requests from the public for pianists for social functions. If you would be interested in the being listed in our database please let us know at our general enquiries address given below. In addition we make use of accompanists throughout the year, if you are an experienced accompanist and would be interested in doing some work for us please email us at our general enquiries address and we will let you know if we need anybody and/or keep your details for the future.
If you would like to be involved but are not a playing member there are lots of important jobs that need doing in the run up to the Opera in March. A search for funding begins in the previous April starting off a year of preparation for the final performance and we also do a lot of marketing work. There are also usually opportunities for students to take roles on the Production team such as Assistant Director. This is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience working closely with professional artists and musicians. If you would like to be involved please email the general enquiries address which is given at the bottom of the page.
For different approaches to music, try the UCL Union Website for more musical clubs and societies.
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