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.
The 2022-23 concert season will commence on Thursday 24 November 2022 with UEA Choir and Symphony Orchestra's 'Italy: Home and Away' concert at The Halls (St Andrew's), followed on Wednesday 7 December 2022 by UEA Choirs Christmas Carol concert at St John The Baptist Roman Catholic Cathedral and finishing on Thursday 16 March 2023 with a combined choir and orchestra concert at The Hall's (St Andrew's). Tickets for the November and December concerts are available to buy online from the UEA store. Tickets for the March concert will be available to buy online from January 2023.
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 2022-23 concert season have now taken place. However, we are still looking for Tenors. To book an audition please fill out this form. UEA Choir has vacancies in all sections, however we are particularly keen to recruit tenors and basses. Auditions are five minutes long. For the audition, candidates 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. It is not a requirement, but they may wish to prepare a short song of up to two minutes.
Full subscription rate is £47 for the year, and concession subscription rate (seniors (over 60s) and non-UEA students) is £23.50 for the year. Please note membership is free for UEA members (students and staff).
The first rehearsal of the 2022-23 season will take place on Monday 19th September 2022.