The Music Department at the University of York is home to many ensembles that perform almost every kind of music. These range from student run groups to professional associate ensembles.
During the university term there are several concerts each week, most of them in our concert hall. Any member of the university wishing to become involved in musical performance can find a way to do so, and the University Choir also welcomes singers from outside the university.
Some ensembles run auditions at the beginning of Autumn Term – for information on how to audition, please see the Auditions 2016 page.
We have a range of choral ensembles varying in size and scope. The University Choir, University Chamber Choir, and The 24 are the three departmental choral ensembles.
The Department of Music has several instrumental ensembles of varying sizes and scope. The University Symphony Orchestra and the University Chamber Orchestra perform primarily Western art music and new compositions, while the Baroque Ensemble, University Jazz Orchestra, and Gamelan Sekar Petak excel in their specific types of performance.
For the academic year 2013-2014 the Department has four Associate Ensembles: Compagnia d'Istrumenti, I Fagiolini, the Julian Argüelles Octet, and Quatuor Diotima. These groups provide collaboration opportunities between these professional musicians and the staff and students, orchestral and specialist coaching as well as, in most cases, performing in the concert series.
The Department of Music at the University of York embraces close relationships with ensembles based in York. Our students benefit greatly from these interactions through performances and other collaborations. These guest ensembles include the Yorkshire Bach Choir and the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists.