January 05, 2018

Happy New Year!

Writing about web page go.warwick.ac.uk/musiccentre

Happy New Year from the Music Centre

So… we’ve not been on here in a while… OK, in years… but on the small chance that someone reads this we’d like to say hello, we’re still here and we have a few updates for you…

2017-18 we have moved! Temporarily relocated to the Westwood campus, while the Arts Centre carry out essential maintenance to our end of the building. We hope to be back Autum 2018. In the meantime you can find the office in the Avon Building room WA0.21 and we are using the Westwood Music Centre (by car park 14) for our practice and rehearsal spaces. We also have use of the Avon Drama studio for larger rehearsals and are still using the Butterworth Hall and the new Goose Nest theatre on main campus for performances. Business as usual!

Staff changes: Lucy Griffiths (that’s me) will be leaving the Music Centre after 10 years as the Administrator at the end of January. Lizzy Whyte and James Vegnutiwill be covering the office until a new appointment is made.
Lucy Griffiths (the Assistant Director) is currently on Maternity Leave and her post is being covered by James Ham.

For rehearsal locations and concert information please visit our webpage which will be kept updated with the latest information.

If you are alumni reading this and would like to answer a short questionnaire about your time at the Music Centre please follow the link

Thanks for reading!

April 16, 2010

Still here!

Hi Everyone!

I have to admit to being a very bad person and not blogging on here for a very very long time. Sort of, well forgot. Everyone seems to prefer Facebook and twitter, but I suddenly remembered how nice it was to read a full length entry, rather than a comment restricted to about 50 characters long…

So the Music Centre has been up to a lot in the year and a half that we’ve not blogged. The main highlights have to be the tours – everyone’s been at it, from Symphony Orchestra and Chorus to Belgium March 2009, Wind orch and Brass to Prague July 2009, Big Band to Vienna July 2009, Chamber Orchestra to INDIA!! November 2009, Wind Orch mini tour, Chamber Choir tour to Devon & Cornwall and right back to the Easter Holidays 2010 with Symphony Orch and Chorus going to the Netherlands. Phew!!

The Summer term will see an exciting range of concerts and shows so here’s a brief rundown of what you can expect to see. Full details are available on our website

  • Opera Warwick present Ruddigore a witch’s curse – G&S – May 14th – 22nd at various venues around Campus, Coventry and Warwickshire. Tickets available soon! For more details “visit here”: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/sunion/opera/
  • String Orchestra @ Kenilworth Festival – May 15th 7.30pm St John’s Church, Kenilworth. Tickets £7.50 available “here”: http://www.kenilworthfestival.co.uk/boxoffice.htm
  • MTW’s summer show: La Chiusa’s The Wild Part – May 26th – 29th, 7.45pm Warwick Arts Centre Studio (Sat matinee 2.30pm) Tickets £7.50 (£6.50 students/concessions) from “here”: http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/events/theatre/la-chiusas-the-wild-party
  • Wind Orchestra @ Spencer Park – Outdoor Free gig Sunday 13th June early afternoon – bring a picnic and your family! Spencer Park, Coventry. No tickets.
  • Big Band Leavers Gig – Sat 26th June 7.30pm Warwick Arts Centre Theatre. Tickets £8 (£5 concessions/students) available “here”: http://www.warwickartscentre.co.uk/events/music/university-of-warwick-big-band
  • University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra & Chorus – Sunday 27th June 4pm. Tickets £7 (£5 concessions/students). Prog includes Hiawatha’s Wedding Feast – Coleridge Taylor, Violin Concerto – Tchaikovsky, Overture to Romeo & Juliet – Tchaikovsky, Appalachian Springs – Copland.

Also do look out for Music Centre performances during this year’s “WSAF”: http://www.wsaf.co.uk

Hope to see you there!!!

November 26, 2008

Concerts galore!

Hi Everyone!

A concert plugging entry:

Illumina – Coventry Cathedral 28th November 2008 7.30pm.
Tickets £6 (£4 concessions) available from the Box Office, Warwick Arts Centre 02476524524 or the Tourist Information Centre, Cathedral Ruins 02476225616 or on the door

Featuring the University of Warwick Chorus and Chamber Choir, with solo cello Nick Roberts of the Coull Quartet.

The Programme features works by John Tavener, Arvo Part & Alexander Gretchaninov

Part: Tribute to Ceasar, The Woman with the Alabaster Box, Dopo la Vittoria, Bogoriditse Djevo
Tavener: God is with us, The Lamb, The Lord’s Prayer (1999), Song for Athene
Gretchaninov: All Night Vigil Op. 59 (excerpts), The Cherubic Hymn
Part: Spiegel im Spiegel (solo cello)

University of Warwick Symphony Orchestra – 30th November 2008, 4pm
City College Coventry Theatre, The Butts CV1 3GD

Tickets £6 (£4 concessions) available from the Box Office 02476524524 or on the door

Programme: Tchaikovsky Symphony No.6 “Pathetique”
Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra
Messiaen: L’Ascension

The Zoo & Cox & Box – Opera Warwick
A 2 part show featuring music by Sullivan.
Combining witty dialogue with memorable music, these two show provide something for everyone!
Tickets £8/£7/£5 available to reserve in advance and pay for on the door from the box office 02476522441

Monday 1st Dec – Studley Village Hall
Tues 2nd Dec – Tiddington Community Centre
Thurs 4th Dec – Warwick Uni Chaplaincy
Fri 5th Dec – Leamington St Mary’s Church

All performances start at 7.30pm

We’d love to see you at some or all of them!!

August 15, 2008


Well, it’s been a while. Sorry about that folks!

Since new year the Music Centre has done so much stuff it’s been all too much for yours truly to actually remember to blog about (I know, I have failed you all… but be patient, I’ve been concentrating my time on good things that will benefit you all, so it’s not all bad!)

So, Spring Term… highlights:

  • One World Week – lots of group performances from the Music Centre groups
  • Wind Orchestra performed with 200 or so school children in “Yanomamo”
  • Brass Band welcomed back legendary Tuba player Steve Sykes to perform with them in their concert
  • Symphony Orchestra and Chorus put on a stunning performance of Verdi’s Macbeth Opera (as concert performance) and welcomed international soloists to perform the lead roles, as well as impressive performances from our own students!
  • MTW put on Little Shop of Horrors in the Cooler which was recieved with great enthusiasm

...and loads more besides!

Summer Term highlights:
  • WSAF (Warwick Student Arts Festival) – lots of great performances there
  • NOT Strictly Come Dancing! – a fantastic disco of live music, followed with a ceiligh and finishing with a giant conga stretching around the entire inside of the Arts Centre!
  • Carmina Burana performed by the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus featuring Telford Junior school as the children’s choir, plus Shostakovic’s symphony No 10
  • Into the Woods performed to sell out audiences from MTW – they also managed to put on “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”
  • Big Band leavers gig – described as the best gig ever heard, the Big Band’s annual leavers gig went down a storm!
  • Chamber Choir charity concert for Joe Homan charity – raised over £600!

...and that was while we were trying to revise…!

Big Band, Chamber Choir & Brass Band have all toured this summer and Big Band are once again attending the Alma Jazz festival in September. The Brass Band are off to Harrogate for the National Finals as well so there’s been plenty of action over the last few months!!

Looking forward to the new term – Free Concert 7th October in the Student Union Tent (more details to follow), Dido and Aeneas by Warwick Student Opera, Chamber Choir and Chorus in Coventry Cathedral and much much more!!

January 03, 2008

Happy New Year!

Hello and a very Happy New Year from the Music Centre!

As the start of term quickly approaches we have a lot of music making to look forward to!

Here are just a few of the highlights:


This term the theme running through the Music Centre focuses on Shakespeare (well, we do border his county after all!) and the music widely associated with his plays. From full length feature performances to modern adaptions, the music of Shakespeare is probably more familiar to you than you think! 

Brass Band welcome Tuba legend Steve Sykes to perform their Butterworth Concert with them as they play  selections from Othello by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and "A time for us" - the love theme from Romeo and Juliet. 

Weds 13th Feb, Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Tickets £5(£3) 

Wind Orchestra join forces with local Primary school children to perform a new arrangement of Jonathan Dove's Seaside Postcards, as well as some modern twists on Shakespeare with four dances from West Side Story and the Oscar-Winning film Shakespeare in Love (1999)

Monday 25th February, Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Tickets £5(£3) 

Symphony Orchestra and Chorus present Verdi's Macbeth - in full and in Italian, with outstanding Icelandic Baritone Olaf Sigurdason in the title role of Othello, heading up a cast of international performers

Tuesday 11th March, Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre, Tickets £6(£4)

As well as Shakespeare, we have other delights of the stage, with MTW presenting Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street in the Theatre, Warwick Arts Centre from the 23rd - 26th January, Tickets £9 (£6.50)

Keep your eyes peeled for further information on all Music Centre events coming soon! Details of Arts Centre concerts can be found on the Music Centre website or the Arts Centre website and booking pages.

September 25, 2007

Free Concert!!

Writing about web page http://www.warwick.ac.uk/musiccentre

Free concert 07

Calling all Warwick Students!* 

Everyone is welcome to come and play or equally to watch! If you're a singer or play woodwind/brass/strings then we are encouraging you all to come and take part - the more the merrier! Previous years have been a huge sucess and this year we are combining the University of Warwick Chorus, Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra to perform works such as The Lion King, The Sound of Music and all the fab pieces you can see in the poster above!

This terms' music concentrates on themes from Movies, and our Free Concert promises to start the season off with a bang! Why not come along and bring some friends?

Rehearsals for the Free Concert:

For Symphony Orchestra: Tuesday 2nd October 7pm in the Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre

For Chorus: Thursday 4th October 7pm in the Arts Centre Conference Room (ACCR), Warwick Arts Centre (registration from 5pm)

For Wind Orchestra: Friday 5th October 6pm in the Studio, Warwick Arts Centre

Why not go to all 3? Come and meet other players, have some fun and take a trip to the bar afterwards!  

Sound good? For more info visit the "Music Centre Website":http://www.warwick.ac.uk/musiccentre or call in during the first week of term to the Music Centre. 

*non-student Associate members also welcome in some ensembles. 

September 18, 2007

New Paint Job pics


undercoat 1

undercoat 2

Top Gloss Coat in Midnight blue...

Gloss topcoat 1

Gloss topcoat 2

A definite improvement! 

September 17, 2007

MC gets a facelift!

It's all go in the Music Centre today...the painters are here and are giving some of the doors in the Music Centre a well deserved lick of paint! I hope you'll all notice the difference when you're next visiting! I am currently trying not to pass out with the fumes however...

I'll put up some pictures soon so you can all see how marvellous the midnight blue doors will look! 

July 26, 2007



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