Calling Musical Students! Do you Play an Instrument or Sing? We Need You in the Extra-Curricular Music Department

The Music Department at the University of Portsmouth is a non-academic one, and so the students who participate in our ensembles do so purely because they want to!  The Department offers a wide range of activities for students who are interested in music, regardless of which degree they are studying for.  If you are interested in joining a diverse group of people read on.

The department does their best to include everybody and keep auditions to a minimum.  So for the Choir and the Dramatic & Musical Society (DMS), no experience is required and there is no entry audition.

  • For the Orchestra, we need to audition wind players because we have more players than vacancies, but the auditions are very short and informal.
  • For string players there is no audition (grade 5 minimum suggested).
  • The Big Band also has more players than vacancies so holds informal auditions.
  • For the Concert Band, some experience is desirable but there are no auditions; all woodwind and brass are needed, as well as percussionists and bass guitar.

There is a small annual fee to participate in an ensemble or use the practice rooms; £10 for the instrumental ensembles and £20 for the vocal ensembles.  There are three ways to join an ensemble:

1. Sign up at the Freshers’ Fayre (Wednesday 19th September)
2. E-mail or come and see me anytime (White Swan Building 2.05)
3. Come along to the first rehearsal of the relevant ensemble

Woodwind/brass/percussion players wishing to join the orchestra should arrange an audition time with Colin Jagger, for the 20th or 21st September. Contact colin.jagger@port.ac.uk or 023 9284 3013

Each ensemble rehearses every week on the same day. The first rehearsals are as follows:

  • Big Band – Monday 24 September, 6.15-8.30pm, White Swan 3.03
  • DMS – Tuesday 25 September, 6.30-9.30pm, White Swan Studio 1 (TBA)
  • Concert Band – Tuesday 25 September, 6.30-8.30pm, White Swan 3.03
  • Choir – Wednesday 19 September, 5.00-7.30pm, Eldon Building, EW 1.11
  • Orchestra – Thursday 27 September, 6.30-8.30pm, White Swan 3.03

If you join, we are delighted to let you know about the first concerts you will be performing in:

Monday 8 October – 7.30pm Guildhall – first in our international chamber music series
Saturday 1 December –  Orchestra/Concert Band
Sunday 2 December – Choir
28 Feb-2 March – DMS/Orchestra Production (Cinderella)

For those interested in private practice, we have limited practice facilities in the White Swan Building (all with pianos) which are open Mon-Thu 8am-8pm, Fri 8am-6pm.

If you are a member of staff interested in joining the Music Department, we’d love to hear from you too! Feel free to keep up with what’s happening on our student UoP Music Department Twitter @UoPMusic  and UP Music Society Facebook Page.

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