Calling all Musicians

Your invitation to make music at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Ensembles are open to any student studying any subject. You do not have to be a music student to sign up.

Some groups are entirely open – anyone can join without an audition.

Most ensembles, however, are auditioned at the start of the academic year.


Director: Chris Price

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 5.30pm for 90 minutes, MDg01 (starting 2 October)

This large, friendly non-auditioned choir performs a range of repertoire from the Renaissance to the present day, but with an emphasis on core Classical repertoire. We participate in major events including the Carols by Candlelight service and the annual cathedral concert. Open to staff, students and local people without audition, members are expected to commit and work to a high standard.


Director: The University Conducting Scholar

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 4.15pm for rehearsal and 5.30pm service in the University Chapel (starting 19 September). The service lasts about half an hour and is followed by free food and drink.

This dynamic and friendly choir exists to support worship in the University community. Comprising a mixture of non-auditioned singers and Choral Scholars, it provides a rich and varied musical programme, giving singers and congregation alike a taste of the wonderful Anglican musical tradition. The choir also sings elsewhere - including services in Canterbury Cathedral – and occasionally tours further afield. (Enquiries: Jeremy Law, Dean of Chapel or Sam Cross, Conducting Scholar or simply show up at the first rehearsal.)

If you are interested in auditioning for a Choral, Conducting or Organ Scholarship, please see the entry under Auditioned Ensembles below.


Director: Vince Peilow

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 7.00pm for two hours, University Chapel (starting 25 September)

An inclusive, non-auditioned choir that brings together students, staff and alumni that has achieved 3rd place in University Gospel Choir of the Year in both 2016 and 2017. Experience singing in a choir and learning vocal techniques to bring out that big Gospel sound. Ability to read music not essential. Music from a repertoire of traditional and contemporary Gospel songs to be performed at University and external events.

Contact us at Fresher’s Fayre, via Facebook  @CanterburyCCGC

Email: or for more information.


The Society expects to run the following ensembles. Connect with the Society at Fresher’s Fayre or email for more details - or simply sign up for an audition that includes entry to these ensembles. 

Some ensembles are open to anyone, others require an audition (sign up to the audition panels for the University’s Directed Ensembles: they give you access to our ensembles, too). Note that membership of the Student Union Music Society (£20) is mandatory for all members of Music Society ensembles. Here are ensembles that we hope to run in the 2019–20 academic year:

  • Society Choir
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Ukulele Ensemble (occasional)
  • Concert Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Female A Cappella Ensemble


Director: Matt Wright

Rehearsals: Monday, 5.30–7pm, Coleridge Annexe (starting 23 September)

Combining new music, sound and visuals by staff and students, this new ensemble not only bridges the divide between the arts, it seeks to demolish categories and boundaries. This workshop-based ensemble moves seamlessly between the worlds of contemporary ‘art’ music, pop, and electronics.

Membership of these professionally-directed groups is by audition only:

  • University Chamber Orchestra
  • University Wind Band
  • Christ Church Big Band
  • University Chamber Choir
  • Broadway Choir
  • Chapel Choir (Scholarships)
  • Selected Commercial Music ensembles

Instrumentalists: A single audition covers Chamber Orchestra, University Wind Ensemble and Big Band. Simply sign up to be heard by the relevant Panel.

Singers: Separate Panels cover Chamber Choir (Classical Voice) and Broadway Choir (Music Theatre Voice).

To join Commercial Music ensembles turn up to watch the first rehearsal and audition to the conductor at the end.

Auditions for Chapel Scholarships (Choral, Organ and Conducting) are held separately (see here).

All players and singers including members of last year’s ensembles need to audition – nobody has an automatic right to a place in any ensemble.

Come to the Freshers’ Fayre in Augustine Hall on Wednesday 18 September to sign up, or visit Coleridge House any time before Monday 23rd, 5pm. If you turn up on the day without having booked a time, you may not be able to audition.

Auditions Timetable

Most auditions will take place on Wednesday 25 September; a few might happen on Wednesday 2 October. All take place on the main North Holmes Campus, Canterbury.

Download the audition timetable now

Instrumental ensemble results will be posted by 2pm on Tuesday 1 October, in Coleridge House reception and online at this Calling All Musicians page. Choral lists will be posted by 12 noon on Thursday 3 October, in Coleridge House reception and on this webpage.

What to expect at your audition

At your audition, you will be asked to perform a short piece of your own choosing and to take a sight-reading test. A member of the panel may be able to accompany you at the piano. The piece should be chosen to show off your technical proficiency and tone quality. (n.b.: your piece should be appropriate in style to the group you hope to join – so for Chamber Choir or Chamber Orchestra a classical piece of music is expected; for Broadway Choir something ‘poppier’ will do nicely.)

Concert and rehearsal schedules for the whole year will be available at the audition so you can see what membership of your desired ensemble involves.

If you are offered and accept a place in any ensemble, it is expected that you commit to attend all rehearsals and concerts for the whole year.

Didn’t get into an ensemble? Commiserations. But all is not lost! Find out more about your options on this page.

Director: Chris Price

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 2.30pm for two hours, MDg01 (starting 2 October)

The flagship Chamber Orchestra performs masterpieces from all periods and from many musical genres, including works by Christ Church students.
The UCO performs at the annual cathedral concert and the Christmas and Prom concerts and often collaborates with University choirs in performances of major choral works.

Director: Chris Price

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 7.00pm for two hours, MDf08 (starting 3 October)

The University’s elite chamber choir performs choral music of all periods and styles to the highest standard, with an emphasis on the Renaissance and modern periods. A friendly, hardworking and dynamic group, we give several concerts on campus during the academic year, perform at graduation ceremonies and in the annual cathedral concert – and participate in the annual Cathedral Group Choirs Festival.

Director: Steve Waterman

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7.00pm for two hours, Maxwell Davies MDg01 (starting 8 October)

Brass, woodwind, piano/keyboard/vibraphone, guitar, bass (double and electric), drums, percussion and vocals: join this gigging band. We perform classic Big Band arrangements of swing and jazz to the highest standard and are also interested in students arranging and composing for the group.

Director: University Conducting Scholar, Sam Cross

Rehearsals: Thursdays, 4.15pm for rehearsal and 5.30pm service in the University Chapel (starting 21 September). The service lasts about half an hour and is followed by free food and drink. Scholars also attend an additional weekly rehearsal and sing at University graduation ceremonies.

Each year Christ Church offers at least four Choral Scholarships for the University Chapel Choir: one on each voice part (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass; note that countertenors and contraltos are equally welcome) and at least one Organ/Conducting scholarship.

Choral Scholarships are worth £800 per annum and Organ/Conducting scholarships are worth £1,000 per annum.

For more details of Scholars’ duties and an application form please visit the Chapel Scholarship page.

Two or three professionally-directed Commercial Music ensembles will be open to auditioners. Please write to to find out more.


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