The University of Warwick Chamber Choir consists of about 40 members spread fairly evenly across the four voices – soprano, alto, tenor and bass. Rehearsals take place in the Ensemble Room (in the Music Centre) on Thursdays between 5 and 7pm.
The Choir tends to have two or three, and sometimes more, commitments per term. To give you an idea of the choir’s activities, we usually perform once a year in both Birmingham (often with the organist Thomas Trotter) and Coventry cathedrals and in churches such as All Saints’ and St. Peter’s in Leamington, Stoneleigh, and Holy Trinity in Coventry. We frequently enter competitions such as the Sainsbury’s Choir of the Year (now BBC Radio 3’s Choir of the Year) and the Peterborough Choral Competition and in January 2003 we were chosen to sing in the BBC’s Let the Peoples Sing Competition. Last winter the Choir sang Händel’s Messiah accompanied by the London Mozart Players, under the new Director of Music at Warwick, Paul McGrath. We also sing and cheer at all of the University’s Degree Ceremonies.
In addition to this the Choir goes on tour once a year. Recent tours have visited Prague, Ireland, Salzburg and Barcelona.
If you’re a member of the University (or are associated with it) and wish to join the Choir, auditions take place at the start of each academic year. If, for any reason, you are unable to make these auditions, or have missed them, please contact the Choir on firstname.lastname@example.org.