The University of Winchester Music Centre is extracurricular music department for staff, students and members of the local community.

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University of Winchester Music Centre

Our Winchester Music Centre is an extracurricular music department and is a network of staff, students and members of the local community who make music through a wide variety of different activities and societies.

These include large and small ensembles, individual and group tuition, workshops, performances, education projects and careers events. None of the ensembles hold auditions, and membership is totally free of charge for everyone.

Below you can find all our activities: 

Our choirs

King Alfred singers

The King Alfred Singers is the University's founder choir. It is the busiest Foundation Music choir performing throughout the year in a huge variety of venues including Winchester Cathedral, the University Chapel, local churches and other venues.

The choir performs a wide range of predominantly sacred music from all periods of musical history.

Members

The choir is open to all students, staff and members of the local community. You don't have to be able to read music but it does help. This choir has the largest number of local communty members of all the FM choirs.

The choir is divided into sopranos, altos, tenors and basses.

The choirs concert dress is all black (trousers or below the knee skirts) with turquoise accessories.

Rehearsals

The King Alfred Singers rehearse on Monday evenings. 6.00-7.30pm in the Chapel on the King Alfred Campus. All music is provided and there is no charge for its hire.

Performances

Performances have included:

  • Graduation Ceremonies in Winchester Cathedral
  • Walking in the Footsteps of the Past, St Bartholomews, Hyde, Winchester
  • Foundation Music Showcase, Stripe Auditorium
  • University Carol Services, University Chapel
  • Choral Evensong in Winchester Cathedral
  • Space for Peace in Winchester Cathedral
  • Cathedral's Group Choir Festival, Chester Cathedral
  • Conflict to Chorus Community Education Project, Winchester Cathedral
  • Foundation Music Showcases
  • Hampshire Rose Thank you Concert, The Great Hall
  • Gloria!, Cathedral's Group Choir Festival 2016, Winchester Cathedral
  • Space for Peace, Southampton Vedic Temple

King Alfred consort

The King Alfred Consort, is a classical chamber choir. Unlike all of Foundation Music's other choirs, membership is by invitation. To be invited, singers must be a dedicated member of the King Alfred Singers. We expect members to be hard working singers with an ability to sight read/learn quickly. We also expect members to be friendly and welcoming to other singers and to conduct themselves appropriately within the music making environment.

The consort will comprise a different selection of singers for each event, determined by the pieces being performed. This allows for a larger number of singers to gain experience of singing in a smaller, more polished choir. Invitations will be made by the directors and a system of understudies may also be used from time to time.

50% of the pieces chosen are opened up to all members of the King Alfred Singers to express an interest in singing. For the other 50%, singers are invited by the Directors to participate.

Repertoire will be mainly classical (both sacred and secular). Concert dress is all black
(trousers or below knee skirts) with purple accessories.

Members

If you are already an active member of the King Alfred Singers and would like to be considered for membership within the consort, please let the directors know. They will strive to accommodate all request wherever possible and appropriate.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals will depend on concert commitments but will generally be held on specific Monday evenings from 7.30-9pm in the Chapel. There will be limited rehearsals for each piece so 100% attendance is required if a singer accepts an invitation.

Performances

Performances have included

  • Graduation Ceremonies in Winchester Cathedral
  • Walking in the Footsteps of the Past, Hyde, Winchester
  • Remembrance Service
  • Act of Worship for Governing Body
  • University Carol Services
  • Installation of the new University Chancellor
  • Alton Abbey summer concert
  • Romsey Abbey lunchtime concert

Gleeman

Gleeman is Foundation Music's Folk and World Music Choir. A Gleeman is an Old English word for a professional musician and singer.

Members

The majority of repertoire is taught by ear and is a collaborative effort. Repertoire comprises folk music from all over the world in many languages.

Concert dress is black with an optional cape.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings 7.30-9.00pm in St Edburga Building room 109. They rehearse throughout the university term times.

Performances

Performances have included:

  • Walking in the Footsteps of the Past, Hyde, Winchester
  • Foundation Music Showcase
  • Space for Peace
  • ​In The Moment
  • ​Foundation Music Showcase​
  • Hyde Tavern, Winchester

The SONG

The SONG is a contemporary full harmony choir. It performs a very varied repertoire of predominantly modern popular, rock and soul music. This choir is taught by ear so musical reading literacy is not required. The focus is on fun, beautiful, up beat, harmonious singing!!!

Members

The choir is open to anyone of any ability.
The choir is often booked to perform at public events and weddings.
Concert dress is all black with red accessories.

Rehearsals

The choir rehearses on Wednesdays during university term time.14:00-15:00 in Performing Arts Studio 3 on the King Alfred Campus.

Performances

Previous performances have included:

  • Freshers Fayre
  • University Graduation Ceremonies, Winchester Cathedral
  • Walking in the Footsteps of the Past, Hyde, Winchester
  • Foundation Music Showcases
  • Leonard Cohen Conference
  • Space for Peace, Wincheser Cathedral
  • Foundation Music Showcase
  • SONG Sounds of New Gospel Show

Showstoppers

Showstoppers is the resident musical theatre troupe which performs a very broad range of musical theatre repertiore from the earlist vaudeville shows right up to contemporary musicals like 'Matilda'. This is a dynamic, high energy choir which focuses on fun and focussed performances.

Members

Everyone is welcome to join. Much of the music is taught by ear so musical literacy is not essential. The choir is divided into sopranos, altos, tenors and basses. As well as singing, the choir frequently involve dance, costume and props within their performances. They perform with a mixture of piano accompaniment, orchestra/band and backing tracks.

Every May, the choir presents a showcase of all the pieces they have learnt throughout the year. This involves company numbers, small group performances as well as solo and duet opportunities. Everyone is given the chance to shine.

Concert dress is all black with white accessories.

Rehearsals

The choir meet on Wednesdays during university term times 12:00-14:00 in Performing Arts Studio 3, King Alfred Campus.

Performances

Previous performances include:

  • Graduation Ceremonies, Winchester Cathedral
  • Foundation Music Showcases
  • Annual Show in May

Barbershop

Barbershop is a 4 part male vocal ensemble endeavouring to provide the world, or at least Winchester, with classic, timeless pieces that transcend all ages and musical taste. We aim to continuously extend our repertoire and experimentation with pieces. We pride ourselves on our family atmosphere, and strive to make the world a little bit more awesome through the medium of music.

We also hope to increase our famed, award winning, all round amazing awesomeness within the Foundation Music Community as well as sustain our thriving and welcoming atmosphere that all previous members of Barbershop have experienced.

Members

All men are welcome to join, whatever your experience of singing. Concert dress is all black with an optional Barbershop varsity jacket which is available to order.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals take place on Thursdays during university term times 18:00-19:30 in Performing Arts Studio 3.

The Ladies

This fun choir is just for ladies (sorry chaps but we do have a male barbershop choir) who enjoy singing various styles of music in close harmony.

Membership

The choir is open to all ladies, whatever your singing experience.
Concert dress is all black with hot pink accessories.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals take place on Wednesdays during university term time 17:00-18:30 in Performing Arts Studio 3.

Chapel choir

Starting in September 2016, a new choir to sing for services in the chapel. Working alongside the University Chaplaincy, this new group will sing for the weekly eucharist service plus special services.

They will rehearse 11am-12pm in the chapel each Wednesday during term time.

We have a range of instrumental ensembles for everyone - from beginners all the way through to talented musicians:

Instrumental ensembles

String gems

The String Gems is a string orchestra open to all string players of all abilities. It plays a huge range of music from classical to film and tv themes. Many of our members learn a string instrument through participation in this ensemble. It is open to members of the local community.

Members

The ensemble is open to any string player of any ability. Violins, Violas, Cellos and Double Bases. Complette beginners are also very welcome, you will be coached through participation in the group. There may also be an instrument for you to borrow as you learn.

Concert dress is all long black with gold accessories.

Rehearsals

The group rehearses on Tuesday evenings 18:00-19:30 in Performing Arts Studio 3.

University of Winchester concert band

We attract a range of instrumentalists of all abilities and truly embody Foundation Music’s ethos of inclusivity for all. Our repertoire spans a range of genres including (but not limited to) classical, movie and contemporary-popular music.

All are welcome, whatever your instrument. We're a fun ensemble who perform at the Foundation Music Showcases plus do our own lunchtime concert each year.

Members

Concert dress is all black with royal blue accessories.

Rehearsals

The group rehearse on Wednesdays 15:30-17:00 in Performing Arts Studio 3, King Alfred Campus.

African drumming ensemble

The African Drumming ensemble is a fun, friendly, community focussed group open to everyone. Learning both traditional rythms and devised new music, this group is run by students and has an enjoyable time and performs throughout the year.

Members

Everyone is welcome to join, whatever your experience or ability. Foundation Music owns a set of 20 Djembes and other African Drums plus a huge range of other hand percussion available for you to borrow at rehearsals.

Concert Dress is all black with bright colourful accessories.

Rehearsals

The group rehearse on Friday evenings 18:00-19:30 in Performing Arts Studio 5.

Clarinet ensemble

A student initiated and led small group ensemble. Playing a wide variety of music, chosen by the members, this group is welcoming and yet focussed on producing fantastic music.

Members

Membership is open to all clarinet plays, whatever their experience.

Rehearsals

The group rehearses on Wednesdays during university term times 18:30-19:30 in Performing Arts Studio 3, King Alfred Campus.

That dixie feeling

Playing traditional Dixieland Jazz music, this group is fantastic for all lovers of jazz music and those who want to build their experience of improvisation. The group are in high demand all over the campus for various events and perform in the local community as well.

The group is available to hire for weddings, fetes and other events. Please contact Foundation.Music@Winchester.ac.uk  for more information.

Members

Open to trumpeters, clarinetists, trombonists, pianists, basists, drummers, banjo players or guitarists. Be ready to improvise and enjoy some fantastic jazz sounds.

Rehearsals

The group rehearses on Tuesday evenings during university term times. 19:30-21:00 in Performing Arts Studio 3.

 

Guitar ensemble

The Guitar ensemble is perfect for anyone who would like to learn the basics of playing guitar but in a group setting. Open to anyone, go along, whatever your experience. Much of the music is devised or written by the group.

Members

Membership is open to all and there are guitars which you can borrow. Rehearsals take place on Friday evenings during university term times. 18:00-19:30 in St Edburga Building room 109.

Flute ensemble

The flute ensemble meet every week to rehearse and perform some amazingly beautiful music for flute.

Members

Membership is open to all flute players, whatever their experience or type of flute.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings during university term time 21:00-22:00 in St Edburga Building room 109.

KASBAH swing band

A traditional jazz swing band open to all jazz instruments.

Membership

Many of the members of this group are from the local community but students are welcome to join. The group is a real community of musiains who perform throughout Hampshire and the local area. They are available for local events, fetes, weddings etc. Please do email us for more information.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals take place during the longer school terms on Wednesday evenings. 19:45-21:00 in St Edburga room 109.

UKE group

An ensemble for all things ukulele. A mixed repertoire of contemporary and fun music. Beginners welcome. Music literacy​ not required.

Members

This group is a social group open to anyone. Foundation Music has a number of ukes available to borrow during rehearsals.

Rehearsals

The group rehearsed each Tuesday evening during university term time. 18:00-20:00 in St Edburga Building room 109.

Steel pan jam

Winchester University steel pans welcome anyone from total beginners to the really experienced players. We play a wide variety of music from traditional steel band arrangements to modern popular tunes and music from TV and film.

Members

Membership is open to everyone.

Rehearsals

Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings during university term time 18:00-20:00 in St Edburga Building room 109.

Winchester brass collective

The Brass Collective is the University of Winchester brass band. It welcomes brass players of all instruments and abilities.

Members

Membership is open to everyone, there are no auditions.

Rehearsals

The group rehearse on Thursday evenings during university term time 20:00-22:00 in Performing Arts Studio 3.

Musical routes 

Musical Routes is Foundation Music's careers and skills development programme.

From September 2016 a number of small grants will be available to individuals or groups of students who would like to undertake specific career or skills development.

Examples of typical projects include

  • Grant to cover cost of travel to observe professional ensemble leaders at work
  • Music theory lessons
  • Conducting coaching

Please contact us for more information (Main Building 31)

Vocalzone

VocalZone offers two, hour-long weekly workshops and is open to all singers who wish to develop their vocal skills and performance confidence. Attendees are encouraged to join Foundation Music Ensembles to further develop and apply the skills received through VocalZone. The workshops cover any repertoire and any level of singing experience from absolute beginner to diploma level.

VocalZone also offers support to those who lack confidence performing in front of others, and guidance and help for anyone who has not yet found their singing voice, or who struggles to sing in tune. This aspect of the workshops may be of particular help to those who are preparing to work in primary school settings, where singing and speaking are an important part of daily life in the primary classroom. Members of the many vocal ensembles and vocal course students are welcome to prepare their solo parts for concerts or examinations.

VocalZone workshops are held every Wednesday during term time. They mostly take place in Performing Arts Studio 3. There are two sessions each afternoon. You are welcome to go to either session either as a one off or on a regular basis.

Please feel free to just turn up at any given session or sign up in advance in the St Edburga music corridoor. Please take with you a piece of music you would like to work on or just go along to get advice.

Private Tuition

Foundation Music works with various freelance music tutors to provide instrumental tuition and ensembles open to all staff, students and the wider community of Winchester.

Tuition for the following instruments is available on campus:

  • Drums - Nicky Booth
  • Voice - Clare Durling
  • Flute - Sarah Craven
  • Piano (grade 1-8) - Adam Blosse
  • Piano (grade 6+) and theory- Diana Owen
  • Guitar - Peter Lewis

Please contact Foundation.Music@winchester.ac.uk  for tutor contact details.

We also have lots of contact with other tutors in the local community so please do ask.

Tuition costs vary but as a rough guide lessons cost £35 an hour. Discounted tuition may be available for tutors who teach on campus.

To join, just go along to a rehearsal at any point during the university term or contact them directly.

Contact us

Music Centre
University of Winchester
Winchester, SO22 4NR

Tel: +44(0) 01962 827466
Email: Foundation.Music@Winchester.ac.uk