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 forthcoming UEA Choir performances, can be found in our Events Calendar.
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, auditions are informal and friendly, and there is no need to prepare anything in advance.
Auditions for the 2017-18 concert season have already taken place. Auditions for the 2018-19 concert season will take place on Friday 28 September (11am-5.30pm) and Monday 1 October 2018 (12noon-6pm). If you would like to audition to join UEA Choir, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request an audition. In your email, please state your voice type and level of experience.
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.
The Choir's first concert for the 2018/19 season will be on Thursday 22 November 2018 in St Andrew’s Hall at 7.30pm. The programme will include: Mendelssohn’s Overture in C Major, Op.24; Torke’s Bright Blue Music; and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, K.427.
The Choir's second concert of the 2018/19 season will be the UEA Choir Christmas Carol Concert on Wednesday 12 December 2018 in St John the Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral at 7.30pm.
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.