The 150-strong UEA Choir is open to all by audition and was established in 1965 under Sir Phillip Ledger, UEA Director of Music until 1974. Since 2010, it has been directed by Tom Primrose.
Rehearsals and performances
UEA Choir enjoys membership from students, staff, and members of the local community. The choir rehearse on campus every Monday (19:30 - 21:30), during semester time, and perform either alone or with the UEA Symphony Orchestra at least three times a year. You can find details of past UEA Choir performances in our Events Archive.
UEA 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 Choir’s season beyond March, if the general situation is improving and we can generate appropriate events.
You can find details of forthcoming UEA Choir performances in our Upcoming 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. Fluency in reading music is an asset, but we will consider any suitable voice whatever the level of reading ability.
All singers are auditioned, however the auditions are short and very informal.
Auditions for the 2020/21 concert season have now taken place. We recognise that the disruption we have all encountered has made it difficult, if not impossible, for some people to audition at our usual time. If you would still like to audition please: 1) Submit an online application form (or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org stating your: level of experience, voice type and music reading ability); and 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), upload the video to YouTube as an unlisted item and email the link to email@example.com. We will listen to you as soon as we can and will fit those suitable candidates into the schedule of music making at an appropriate time in the future.
Non-UEA members are required to pay a subscription fee to join UEA Choir. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it will not be possible to match usual expectations for activities, so we have made the decision to reduce membership subscriptions by 50% this year. Membership fees for the 2020-21 season are £23.50 (full price) and £11.75 (concessions (seniors (over 60s) and non-UEA students).