Making Music

Dr Ian RuttFor many of the brightest and most motivated students, arts and culture determine their choice of university, whatever subject they plan to study. By building up student music at Swansea, we can help to attract the best young minds to the city, to study, to work and to live. The music they make here will enrich the city and region, enhancing Swansea’s reputation in the wider world, and making a deep and lasting impact on many people’s lives.  And through work with local schools, we will use our music making to engage with children on a wide range of topics, including science, education and the arts.

The magnificent Great Hall is home to the Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium and a wonderful starting point and catalyst for these aspirations, but to realise its full potential for the University and the city, we need additional resources: equipment, instruments, scholarships and rehearsal facilities. We need to create a nationally-leading University Music Service, to recruit, nurture and support our student musicians – and to make their achievements widely known. I hope you will agree that this is an outstanding, once-in-a-generation opportunity.

Thank you for supporting our vision.

Dr Ian Rutt Director of Music


Why a music service

Three distinct benefits underpin our vision of music at Swansea:

  1. By bringing professional performers and talented student musicians to Swansea and nurturing that talent, we will enrich the cultural life of the University and local community through musical performances and community outreach;
  2. By enhancing the cultural life of the University, we will attract increased numbers of intellectually and academically gifted students to Swansea, whose presence will serve to augment and sustain the knowledge economy of South West Wales;
  3. Music will provide high-profile opportunities for the University to promote Swansea and the region internationally.

Our vision for a Music Service encompasses all musical genres, but has student choirs, orchestras and other instrumental ensembles at its heart. A thriving student music scene will support numerous such groups, who will perform in the Sir Stanley Clarke Auditorium in the Great Hall as well as taking their music out into the community. To make this happen, we need to attract many more talented musicians to study at Swansea. However, without high quality equipment, instruments and scholarships, it will be impossible to achieve these aims.


How you can help


Instrumental, choral and organ scholarships will be a key part of the process of attracting talented musicians to study at Swansea. Worth £1,000 a year, these will make us more competitive in attracting the finest student musicians to Swansea.


The provision of an extensive range of musical instruments is the most fundamental and pressing requirement for the establishment of a music service. With your help we hope to raise £150,000 towards the cost of these, and this is how you can help:

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These are representative examples of what your support can achieve: however, there are many other instruments and items of equipment which are needed. Speak to a member of staff for a full list, or to discuss opportunities to sponsor music scholarships.


How to donate

Make a one-off donation online 

Or print off and complete the donation form and send it to the Development and Alumni Relations Office


Thank you for supporting Swansea’s ambition to offer a top class Music Service.