The University Singers
The University Singers is a large mixed choir that meets weekly to prepare one or more major works for a performance with professional soloists and orchestra in the Great Hall of Aberystwyth Arts Centre in the second term. The choir was established as a University society and most of its membership is drawn from students and staff. However, membership is open to anyone interested in singing with one of the best large mixed choirs in this part of Wales.
The choir concentrates on presenting the popular major choral works, occasionally with lesser-known music. It has performed the Requiem and other works by Mozart, Haydn's masses and The Creation and Mendelsohn's Elijah. Since its revival in 1993, the choir has grown in size and in 1998 over 100 voices performed Verdi's Requiem, with principals from the Royal opera, and other internationally celebrated soloists, to celebrate the 125th anniversary of the University at Aberystwyth. An even larger choir performed Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius a few years later.
The choir has had particular success performing works by welsh composer Karl Jenkins. Most recently, it performed his Cantata Memoria first performed in 2016 to mark fifty years since the Aberfan trajedy. A local choir of young voices joined The University Singers for this work and the performance was a resounding success. The choir has also performed The Armed Man and Stabat Mater. Our poster gallery contains details of our more recent concerts.
Conductor: Dr David Russell Hulme
Deputy Conductor: Jane Leggett
Accompanist: Rachel Gregory
Thursday evenings 7.30-9.30 pm Old College Hall.
There are no auditions and music is provided. New members are always welcome; just turn up at rehearsal.