Arts and culture

We are home to a thriving arts community and offer a wide range of classes, groups and musical ensembles.

Facilities

We are home to the £4.5 million Ivy Arts Centre, studios, edit rooms, practice rooms and a TV studio.

Find out more about our facilities.

Ensembles

University of Surrey Orchestra

We are home to a successful and talented orchestra delivering outstanding performances to the audiences of Guildford.

Members of the orchestra will have the opportunity to play an assortment of timeless film and TV scores’ including the music of Star Wars and Sherlock. The orchestra will host regular members’ social events providing an opportunity for all members to meet outside of rehearsals.

Entrance to the orchestra for students is by audition and players will be selected to form a high-quality ensemble performing a wide ranging repertoire. Players are generally expected to have reached Grade 7 or above in their instrument.

University Choir

We perform several times a year at St Saviour’s Church and Guildford Cathedral. We have performed with the University Orchestra on a range of challenging works including Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem, Orff Carmina Burana and Bernstein Chichester Psalms.

To join the choir, you must be a registered student, have a basic level of sight reading and ability to hold a tune.

University Chamber Choir

We perform at a wide range of events throughout the year, both on and off campus, including the esteemed annual University Carol Service at Guildford Cathedral. Our repertoire includes work from Purcell and Parry to new music by student composers.

Auditions take place in October for all students.

Theatres in Guildford

Guildford is home to a diverse range of arts venues.