UEA Chamber Choir is a small choir, frequently singing unaccompanied and requiring members to be able to read music more fluently. It is conducted by Tom Primrose and open to all by audition.

Rehearsals and performances

UEA Chamber Choir enjoys membership from students, staff, and members of the local community. The choir rehearse on campus every Monday (17:00 - 18:30), during semester time, and perform either on campus or in the surrounding region, at least three times a year. You can find details of past UEA Chamber Choir performances in our Events Archive.

UEA Chamber Choir’s 2020-2021 season will inevitably be affected by COVID-19. Our aims, which we will keep updated, will be to work towards a March concert with rehearsals starting in January. From September to December, we will focus on providing as varied a programme of online events as we can, and if the opportunity arises to begin to sing together, we will seize the moment. We will look at the possibility of extending Chamber Choir’s season beyond March, if the general situation is improving and we can generate appropriate events.

You can find details of forthcoming UEA Chamber Choir performances in our Upcoming Events Calendar

Auditions

UEA Chamber Choir is open to singers with some vocal training and/or choral experience, and the ability to read and sight sing music with some fluency. The Chamber Choir are small and work to a high standard of music, in a wide range of periods, including a substantial amount of unaccompanied repertoire.
 
UEA Chamber Choir has vacancies in all sections, however, we are particularly keen to recruit tenors and basses.
 
All singers are auditioned, however, this year, due to ongoing social distancing regulations, singers will be asked to do a recorded, rather than live, audition. You will be required to:
 
1.    Submit an online application form or email us at musicevents@uea.ac.uk stating your: level of experience, music reading ability and voice type); 
2.    Record yourself singing an unaccompanied folksong, hymn or other piece you know and feel comfortable singing (one or two verses lasting a minute or so will suffice). Once you have made the recording, upload the video to YouTube as an unlisted item and email the link to musicevents@uea.ac.uk by 11am on Friday 25 September 2020. 
 
Reading music:
 
•    Chamber Choir works quickly and is often unaccompanied so some self-reliance in the matter of reading is essential. The ability to sight-sing accurately is very useful, but if you have reading fluency connected to learning an instrument, this will usually be sufficient. Please give us some examples of choirs or other musical contexts which demonstrate your level of reading fluency. Perfection is not essential!


Recording specifications:
 
•    Sing through a few times before you record, so you can judge accurately the note you need to start on to make sure the melody doesn’t exceed your range. 
•    Make sure the video and the sound quality are good enough to reflect your capability and allow us to hear clearly. If you use your phone to record, please take care that the recording is as high quality as the device will allow.
•    Please be in the video shot for your whole performance, and if at all possible, place your recording device somewhere so that you are not holding it while you sing.
•    Sing a piece you feel comfortable with and which demonstrates what you can do. It can be anything you like, however, please note that we are listening to how your voice would fit into a choir, so some kinds of pop/rock etc might not be appropriate for this purpose (please choose what you sing with this in mind).
•    Please sing unaccompanied, whether the piece has an accompaniment or not.
•    We are looking for singers who are able to tackle the advanced repertoire we perform. For examples, see our YouTube channel. You do not need to have passed any grades, we just want to hear you sing. If in doubt send us a recorded audition!
 
If you are unable to make a recording, but would still like to audition, please email us and we will do our best to help.