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Ensembles



Students and staff are welcome to join the University’s many performing groups. Most groups are also open to musicians from outside the university.
Ensembles meet at Kingston Hill Campus, KT2 7LB either in Coombehurst House, Coombehurst Court or the Visconti Studio (see map). The site is easily accessible via the free inter-campus bus. The Kingston Singers meet at the Rose Theatre in Kingston, KT1 1HL. Ensembles start week commencing 3 October 2016.

You can register with Collegiate Music for any of the ensembles below or just turn up in the first week. Membership is FREE except for the Kingston Singers, for which there is a small charge after the first session.

Check out the KU YouTube channel for recent performances.

Contact Collegiate Music for more information.

Vocal ensembles

Chamber Choir

Membership is by informal audition and the choir is open to students and staff as well as members of the community. Chamber Choir performs at a wide variety of venues representing the University around Kingston. Led by experienced choral director Sam Evans, the choir performs a broad spectrum of choral music.

The Kingston Singers - your local choir

Been watching Gareth Malone’s choirs on tv?
Kingston Singers Are you a fan of Glee?

Raise the roof at the Rose and end your Mondays on a high note by joining the Kingston Singers. We’ll be pitching in to pop, jazz and show songs.


Supported by Collegiate Music, your new local choir is open to all Kingston University students and staff and the local community, and will be led by acclaimed and charismatic choir trainer Sam Evans.


There’s no need to have a fantastic voice or be able to read music, and no auditions.


Just bring along your enthusiasm.


When? Mondays, 6.00pm–7.15pm

Ten weeks with end of season performance, 10 October–12 December 2016.


Where? Rose Theatre Studio


Cost per session: £5/£2 NUS and concessions. Full amount is payable at the Rose Theatre box offiice.

Kingston Singers

Musical theatre

Enjoy dance, drama and singing? Then this is the perfect ensemble for you! Led by Laura Cooper, this is an ideal opportunity to explore and develop all three skills with performance opportunities during the year supported by our pitband. This ensemble is led by experienced Kingston alumna Laura Burrell.



Vocal and instrumental ensembles


Soundpainting

Soundpainting is based on improvising using sign language. Any artform is welcome ranging from vocals and instruments to performance technology. If you like music and movement and enjoy sculpting instrumental and vocal sounds, join us! Challenge yourself with this exciting ensemble run by Dr. Helen Julia Minors. Open to all.

Jazz improvisation

Run by jazz lecturer and accomplished pianist Meredith White, who often performs in the local area and is renowned for her creative musical arrangements. Singers and instrumentalists welcome, the ensemble is open to all – bring your own instrument (if portable!).



Instrumental ensembles


Gamelan

Gamelan is an ensemble of tuned percussion instruments from the region of Southeast Asia. Kingston University’s own gamelan originates from Central Java! Gamelan Ensemble has been performing concerts within the university and as part of the music showcase at The Rose Theatre, Kingston. Gamelan is directed by noted scholar of Javanese music Peter Smith.


Djembe

Djembe is an ensemble of African drums and is the most popular African drum outside the African continent. If you enjoy exploring rhythm, this is the group for you! No experience necessary. Djembe Ensemble is directed by Djembe expert Hans Sutton.

Brass ensemble

Run by music lecturers Dr. Mike Searby and Dr. Helen Julia Minors, the brass ensemble explores both classical and contemporary compositions. Contact Collegiate Music if interested, stating your instrument and standard of playing.


Pitband

Led by alumus Matthew Bell our Pitband supports the Musical Theatre ensemble at concerts with live music, whilst developing your musicianship in group instrumental performance and collaborative practice. For more information contact Collegiate Music stating your instrument and level.

Kingston Chamber Orchestra

The university collaborates with the Kingston Chamber Orchestra (KCO) which meets in the Visconti Studio at Kingston Hill and is conducted by Andy Meyers. Membership is by audition only. For further information contact KCO.

Technology ensembles


KUDAC

Kingston University Digital Arts Collective (KUDAC) is a staff-led collective based in the Music Department with the aim to engage with the use of technology in collaborative music making. This is an electric acoustic music ensemble specialising in live performance. Led by Dr Michael Gatt, no experience is needed.


Ensembles timetable

Ensemble

Day

Time

Where

Brass Ensemble

Mondays

9.00am–11.00am

Room 1007, Coombehurst House, Kingston Hill

K.U.D.A.C

Mondays

1.00pm–3.00pm

Visconti Studio, Kingston Hill

The Kingston Singers

Mondays

6.00pm–7.15pm

The Studio, Rose Theatre, Kingston

Musical Theatre

Mondays

6.30pm–8.30pm

Visconti Studio, Kingston Hill

Pitband

Mondays

6.30pm–8.30pm

Room 0E05, Coombehurst House, Kingston Hill

Chamber Choir

Tuesdays

4.00pm–6.00pm

Room 0009 Coombehurst Court, Kingston Hill

Jazz Improvisation

Wednesdays

3.00pm–5.00pm

Visconti Studio, Kingston Hill

Kingston Chamber Orchestra

Wednesdays

7.00pm–10.00pm

Visconti Studio, Kingston Hill

Gamelan

Thursdays

1.00pm–3.00pm

Room 0016, Coombehurst House, Kingston Hill

Djembe

Thursdays

5.00pm–7.00pm

Room 0009, Coombehurst Court, Kingston Hill

Soundpainting

Thursdays

6.00pm–7:30pm

Visconti Studio, Kingston Hill

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