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Ensembles



Students from any subject area and staff are welcome to join Collegiate Music's many performing groups. Most groups are also open to alumni and general members of the public.
All ensembles except the Kingston Singers meet at Kingston Hill Campus, KT2 7LB (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 2 October 2017.

Contact Collegiate Music for more information or to join 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 Collegiate Music at Kingston University YouTube channel for recent performances.

Vocal ensembles

Vocal Harmony group

The group performs at a wide variety of venues representing the University around Kingston. Led by experienced choral director, Sam Evans, the group performs a colourful spectrum of popular music. Please note that membership is by informal audition.

When: Wednesdays 4.30pm - 6.00pm

Where: Kingston Hill campus, Coombehurst Court, room 0009

Cost: free

The Kingston Singers

Kingston Singers

Your local community choir, start your week on a high note and raise the roof at the Rose by joining the Kingston Singers. We’ll be pitching in to pop, jazz and show songs, 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


Where: David Jacobs room, Rose Theatre, Kingston KT1 1HL


Cost per session: £5/£2 NUS and concessions. Full amount is payable at the Rose Theatre box office (Tel. 020 8174 0090).

Kingston Singers

Musical theatre

Enjoy dance, drama and singing? Then this is the perfect ensemble for you! You'll get the ideal opportunity to explore and develop all three skills with an industry professional and performance opportunities during the year.

When: Monday 6.30pm - 8.30pm

Where: Kingston Hill campus, Visconti Studio

Cost: Free



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.

When: Mondays 5.00pm - 6.30pm

Where: Kingston Hill campus, Coombehurst Court, room 0009

Cost: free


Jazz band

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

When: Wednesdays 2.00pm - 4.00pm

Where: Kingston Hill campus, Visconti Studio

Cost: free



Instrumental ensembles


Gamelan

Gamelan is an ensemble of tuned percussion instruments from the region of South East Asia, with our particular type of gamelan originating from Central Java! Our ensemble has been performing concerts within the university and also as part of the music showcase at The Rose Theatre, Kingston. Gamelan is directed by noted scholar of Javanese music, Peter Smith.

When: Thursdays 1.00pm - 3.00pm

Where: Kingston Hill campus, Coombehurst House, room 0016

Cost: free


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.

When: Thursdays 5.00pm - 7.00pm

Where: Kingston Hill campus, Coombehurst Court, room 0009

Cost: free

Brass ensemble

Run by Dr. Mike Searby, the brass ensemble explores both classical and contemporary compositions. To join, contact Collegiate Music, stating your instrument and level of playing.

When: Mondays 9.00am - 11.00am

Where: Kingston Hill campus, Coombehurst House, room 1007

Cost: free

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. Please note that membership is by audition only. For further information contact KCO.

When: Wednesdays 7.00pm - 10.00pm

Where: Kingston Hill campus, Visconti Studio

Production and technology ensembles


A.G. Records

You'll record, mix and perform contemporary music with this student-led ensemble of music producers. There'll be a particular focus on creative uses of music technology and you'll have the opportunity to take part in all areas of running a label, including artist management, marketing and distribution.


Kingston Singers

When: Wednesdays 4.00pm - 6.00pm

Where: Kingston Hill campus, Visconti Studio

Cost: free


Ensembles timetable

This year's ensembles will begin week commencing 2 October 2017.

Ensemble

Day

Time

Where

Brass Ensemble

Mondays

9.00am–11.00am

Room 1007, Coombehurst House, Kingston Hill

Soundpainting

Mondays

5.00pm–6.30pm

Room 0009, Coombehurst Court, Kingston Hill

The Kingston Singers

Mondays

6.00pm–7.15pm

David Jacobs room, Rose Theatre, Kingston

Musical Theatre

Mondays

6.30pm–8.30pm

Visconti Studio, Kingston Hill

Vocal Harmony Group

Wednesdays

4.30pm–6.00pm

Room 0009 Coombehurst Court, Kingston Hill

Jazz Band

Wednesdays

2.00pm–4.00pm

Visconti Studio, Kingston Hill

AG Records

Wednesdays

4.00pm–6.00pm

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 Hil

Djembe

Thursdays

5.00pm–7:00pm

Room 0009, Coombehurst Court, Kingston Hill

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