University of East Anglia Choir was established in 1965, under Sir Phillip Ledger, who was UEA Director of Music until 1974. Since 2010, it has been directed by Tom Primrose.
UEA Choir enjoys membership from students, staff, and members of the public. The choir, under the direction of conductor Tom Primrose, rehearses on campus, every Monday (7.30pm-9.30pm), during the autumn and spring semesters. Performances take place throughout the year, both solo and in collaboration with either UEA Symphony Orchestra or another local orchestra. Recent performances by the choir include Dvořák’s Mass in D Major, Op. 86 (with UEA Symphony Orchestra), Handel's Messiah (with Norwich Baroque), Britten’s Ballad of Heroes (with BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2013 Audience Prize winner Ben Johnson), Mussorgsky’s Boris Godunov (with UEA Symphony Orchestra), Rachmaninov’s Vespers Op.37, Verdi's Requiem (with UEA Symphony Orchestra), Elgar’s The Music Makers (with UEA Symphony Orchestra) and Rossini’s Petite messe solennelle (with a harmonium and two pianos). UEA Choir went on a tour of Caen in March 2016 and welcomed their hosts, the Choir and Orchestra of the University of Caen (COUR), to Norfolk in May 2017.
Details of previous UEA Choir performances, can be found in our Concert Archive.
UEA Choir is open to beginners, as well as more experienced singers. Some previous experience singing in choirs is preferable, but not essential.
All UEA Choir members are auditioned, however, the process is very informal. Auditions will last no more than 5 minutes and there is no need to prepare anything in advance. During your audition, you will be asked to sing some scales, do some vocal exercises (as directed by Tom) and work through two or three lines of a previously unseen piece.
Auditions for the 2019-20 concert season have now taken place. We will be auditioning for the 2020 season in September 2020.
Please note that non-UEA members are required to pay a subscription fee to join UEA Choir (£47.00 full price, £23.50 concessions (students and seniors (over 60s)). The subscription fee helps to cover the costs of hiring and purchasing music scores, hiring concert venues, staffing and administration.
UEA Choir’s 2020-21 concert season will begin in November 2020.
You can find details of forthcoming UEA Choir performances in our Upcoming Events Calendar.
Watch our UEA Choir video to hear from the choral director and current ensemble members.
UEA Choir singing an excerpt from Rachmaninov's Vespers at the Pictures of Russia concert in November 2016
Tom Primrose conducting the UEA Choir in the Eglise Saint Jean, Caen.