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.

We have every intention of returning to a normal concert season in 2021-22. In the event that in-person performance or rehearsal is not possible, or is only possible on a smaller scale, we will endeavour to maintain activity levels remotely or in alternate venues which allow for social distancing.

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.

All singers are auditioned, however the auditions are short and very informal.

Auditions for the 2021-22 concert season will take place on Friday 24th and Monday 27th September 2021 on the UEA campus. To book an audition please fill out this form. UEA Chamber Choir has vacancies in all sections, however we are particularly keen to recruit tenors and basses. Auditions are ten minutes long. For the audition, candidates will be asked to do some vocal exercises (as directed by Tom) to test range, quality and intonation and to sing a short piece of sight reading. Candidates should also prepare a song or other short piece to sing. They will be asked to sing without accompaniment, but the piece they choose does not have to be unaccompanied. The purpose of this is to encourage them to show the qualities of their voice in something they know. 

In the event that restrictions mean in-person auditions are not possible, we will accept recorded auditions submitted to musicevents@uea.ac.uk. We may also be able to accept a recorded audition if you are not able to make it to the in-person auditions. To audition virtually, please email musicevents@uea.ac.uk including your level of experience, voice type and music reading ability, then send us a link to a video of you singing an unaccompanied folksong, hymn or other piece you know well and feel comfortable singing (one or two verses lasting a minute or so will suffice). We will listen to you as soon as we can and will fit suitable candidates into the schedule of music making at an appropriate time. 

There is no membership fee for the UEA Chamber Choir.

The first rehearsal of the 2021 season will take place on Monday 27th September 2021.


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