Get involved

Whatever aspect of music interests you, grab the opportunity to get involved!

If you love singing or you play an instrument, have a look to see what opportunities there are to get involved. Whether you play an instrument regularly or haven't picked up your instrument in a long time and are keen to start playing again, Music at Aber can point you in the right direction and help re-awaken your musical creativity. 

Our instrumental groups

If you sing or play an instrument, we're confident that Music at Aber can offer you an opportunity to get involved whether you play regularly or haven't picked up your instrument in a long time and are keen to start playing again. Have a look at what we offer. If you need any advice, get in touch with music@aber.ac.uk.

Let us re-awaken your musical creativity.

Here's what we offer:

Philomusica - Aberystwyth's own Symphony Orchestra

Operated as a registered charity independent of the University, the orchestra is nevertheless closely linked with the University and is conducted by the Director of Music, Iwan Teifion Davies. Usually about 80 strong, a large proportion of the players in Philomusica are students who work alongside local amateur and professional musicians. Two concerts are presented each year in the Great Hall of Aberystwyth Arts Centre. As you might expect, the repertoire is largely Romantic and twentieth century, but as well as performing mainstream works the orchestra also explores lesser-known music, especially by British composers.

Philomusica recently performed Beethoven's 5th Symphony; a contemporary piece by Errollyn Wallen: This Frame is Part of the Painting, for mezzo soprano and orchestra; and Death and Transfiguration by Richard Strauss. 

Prospective new players are generally given a trial and a permanent place is offered subject to a suitable vacancy being available. Anyone interested in joining should visit the Philomusica website.

Concert Band

The University Concert Band offers wind, brass and percussion players the chance to experience the full range of the wind band repertoire. It provides a musical opening for both advanced and less experienced musicians and gives two concerts a year.

On a more informal level, the University runs a weekly string group, Simply Strings.

If you'd like to join either the Concert Band or Simply Strings, please contact the Directors:

Concert Band - Rhys Taylor

Simply Strings - Isobelle McGuinness

or simply turn up to the first rehearsal in the autumn to try it out.

Look out for details about start dates and rehearsal venues on our website.

For brass players, there is also Aberystwyth Silver Band - a local brass band with a busy concert calendar that offers a warm welcome to students.

 

 

Our vocal groups

Whatever your experience and preferences, you will find excellent opportunities to sing at Aberystwyth.

University Singers is a large mixed choir that prepares major works for a concert with soloists and orchestra in the second term. Recent highlights include performances of the Mozart Requiem, and Karl Jenkins's The Armed Man and Stabat Mater. There are no auditions and everyone is welcome.

The Elizabethan Madrigal Singers is an auditioned student a cappella chamber choir, performing a much wider repertoire than its name suggests. 'Mads' enjoys an enthusiastic and committed membership.

In addition to the vocal groups at the university, there are several Aberystwyth groups that welcome students, staff and local community members to join them.

Choir For Good welcomes those who want to discover the benefits of singing to health and wellbeing. They sing happy, upbeat and fun songs from all eras, meeting weekly and performing everywhere, including trips abroad. No previous singing experience is required and there are no auditions.

For singers with a theatrical flair, the Showtime Singers perform Gilbert and Sullivan as well as popular shows and Curtain Call, a student society, also stages productions of modern musicals.

Aberystwyth Choral Society performs two concerts each year and is always happy to accept new members; no auditions to join.

Aber Opera provides a unique opportunity for students, graduates, University staff, and local singers to perform operatic arias, duets and/or ensembles in monthly concerts.  Anybody who wants to sing either as a soloist or in ensemble is very welcome! For further information, contact gwdihwcwrt@gmail.com or 01970 820157.

Information for Prospective Students

We are Aberystwyth University, but you can call us Aber! Read on to discover more about Music at Aber.

Do you love music? Perhaps you play an instrument or like singing. Whatever you enjoy, there will be something for you to get involved with here in Aber.

Music provision at Aber is open to all students. Whatever you’re studying, you can be part of a vibrant musical community. We offer rehearsal spaces and practice rooms to students and community members, groups and musical gatherings and there are opportunities for tuition, further development and performance and production at all levels.

We are also thrilled to be able to offer a range of Music Scholarships that provide the chance to practise a wide range of musical skills here in Aberystwyth and beyond.

Come and join us!

Information for current students

Get a Music Card!

You will need to buy a Music Card to get access to our practice rooms and join one of our musical groups, or all of them if you like!

To buy the Music Card by credit card, you need to complete the online form and provide details about yourself.* Alternatively, you can come to the Music Centre and complete a paper form and pay in cash.

For a one-off payment of £15 the Music Card is worth every penny. For that, you will have access to the practice rooms, musical groups and the ability to borrow music from our library. Please note, however, that the library is a dedicated music library with limited access. You would need to make an appointment to gain access by sending a message to music@aber.ac.uk. Please also see our Library page for further information.   

 

*Data Protection Statement

We are committed to protecting your privacy through compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation, the Data Protection Act, other relevant legislation and best practice. This is how we record, safeguard and use the information you have given us.

How we collect information

Information is stored in paper format (i.e. the form that you fill in to become a member) plus information from on-line shop purchases of the Music Card. Some of these details are also added to our secure database in the Music Centre. Only Music Centre Staff have access to the information and confidentiality is ensured.

How we use information for administration purposes

If you are an ensemble member we keep details of your name and instrument/voice in order to keep a weekly rehearsal attendance register, and to produce a list of performers for inclusion in our concert programmes.

We keep your email address and phone number in case we have to contact you regarding changes to rehearsal times/cancellation etc.

If you are receiving tuition or using the practice rooms we may need to get in touch with you.

If you are a student we keep details of the course you are attending.

We record special medical or disability information that we need to be aware of so that we are able to accommodate your needs, for example in rehearsals and performances, or in case of a medical emergency.

Photographs are used for publicity, to raise the profile of the Music Centre. This could be on the Music Centre website, facebook page or in the press. If you do not consent to photos of you being used in this way, a record of this is kept.

How we Protect Information

The information is held on a secure database in the Music Centre in accordance with the University’s protection and information security policies. It will be held only for as long as it is deemed necessary (usually up to three years, and for three years after you have left the group or you have completed your final year if you are a student). Thereafter it is securely destroyed or permanently deleted.  Information on Music Scholarship students only will be retained in the archive for future reference.

Use of data and legal basis

Data is used only to support the administrative work of the Music Centre. The University has to declare the legal basis on which your information is processed and, in the above cases, this will be either because you provide consent or it is within the legitimate interests of the University to hold your information due to your direct involvement with the Music Centre.

Your details will not be shared with others unless you have expressed the wish for us to do so (i.e. phone number/email address). If your personal details change, please notify us by email: music@aber.ac.uk or phone: 01970 622685 / 628497.