Department of Music and Media

Music Ensembles

Whatever subject you may be studying at Surrey, there are ample opportunities for all students to make music whilst you are here. Some details are shown below.


University Orchestra

Conductor Russell Keable

The University Orchestra is open to all University of Surrey students and staff through an audition process. The Orchestra rehearses every Monday evening during semester from 6.30pm. The Orchestra generally performs three concerts a year at St Saviour's Church and Guildford Cathedral, and is conducted by Russell Keable as well as student conductors.

Players are generally expected to have reached Grade 7 or above in their instrument. Auditions take place in October although there may be opportunities to join mid-session. For further details email

Their repertoire in recent years has included: Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition, Saint-Saens Organ Symphony No. 3, Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4, J. Strauss Die Fledermaus Overture, Copland Appalachian Spring, Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, Sibelius Symphony No. 7, Beethoven Symphony No. 8, Mozart Overture Die Zauberflote, Bernstein On the Waterfront Suite, Kodaly Psalmus Hungaricus (with the University Choir), Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919 Suite), Nielsen Helios Overture, Britten Soirees Musicales, Sibelius Symphony No. 2 


Conductor Russell Keable

The University Choir is a lively and fun Choir open to all University of Surrey staff and students. A basic level of sight reading, an ability to hold a tune and enthusiasm is all we ask for. No audition necessary. The University Choir rehearse every Wednesday evening from 6pm-8pm in PATS Studio One and perform 2-3 times a year in St Saviour’s Church and Guildford Cathedral. Over the past 3 years the Choir have performed, with the University Orchestra, works including Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana and Bernstein Chichester Psalms.

University Chamber Choir

Conductor Russell Keable

The University Chamber Choir is open to all students through an audition process. The Chamber Choir rehearse each Tuesday Lunchtime 1pm-2.30pm and perform at a wide range of engagements throughout the year both on and off campus, including the annual University Carol Service at Guildford Cathedral. Repertoire includes works by from Purcell and Parry to new music by student composers.

Singers are generally expected to have reached Grade 7 standard. Auditions take place in October and singers should bring a short piece to sing and will be asked to sight sing.

University String Orchestra

A student led music ensemble within the Music and Sound Recording. The University String Ensemble is open to all students and staff who play a stringed instrument.

USSU Ensembles

Societies run by the Students’ Union can be found here. They include Big BandConcert Band,Gospel Choir and Jazz Orchestra. Read more about these ensembles and how to join.

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