Music at Swansea University
Wales: The Land of Music and Song
Wales is famed as the ‘land of song’ and music forever continues to play an important part in the life of the region and the University. Swansea University Arts aims to develop that musical heritage, supporting music of all genres and styles, enabling students interested in music at any level to thrive, to perform and to develop as musicians, whichever subject they are studying.
Swansea University hosts a wealth of student musical talent – a variety of groups cater for a wide range of interests. Student music is currently organised by a number of Students’ Union societies:
- Choral Society is a mixed choir, which performs a wide range of repertoire from across classical and popular music
- Musicians Society runs several ensembles including Orchestra, Wind Band, Big Band, String Group, Flute Choir, Clarinet Choir and the Saxophone Ensemble
- Show Choir sing and dance their way through songs from pop, rock and musicals
- Live Music Society provides support and performance opportunities for students who want to form bands of all styles and genres.
These student societies also work together on bigger projects, such as student-produced musicals in 2014, 2016 and 2017.
Swansea University offers a significant number of instrumental and choral scholarships to talented undergraduates. These are available to students studying any subject.
Working with Professionals: Inspiring excellence
We strive to give our student musicians the opportunity to work with talented professionals:
- In 2016/17, the student orchestra has been working with the Welsh Sinfonia, leading to a joint performance in the Great Hall, where students and professionals play alongside one another.
- Where possible, we arrange workshops and masterclasses with visiting performers. For example, later in 2017, members of the student Big Band will have the opportunity to work with the brilliant British jazz and hip-hop musician Soweto Kinch.
Facilities and Professional Performers
The centrepiece of our musical facilities is the new Great Hall on the Bay Campus. This state-of-the-art concert hall, which opened in 2016, hosts professional and amateur performances, as well as concerts by Swansea students.
The Taliesin Arts Centre on the Singleton Park Campus hosts live performances by professional musicians as part of its energetic programme of music, theatre, cinema and dance. It is also available to student groups for concerts, musical theatre, dance and other activities.
Individual practice rooms equipped with pianos are available on both the Singleton Park and Bay campuses.
The University also hosts a range of events such as the International Brass Band Summer School and provides a range of facilities and spaces for performance or practice.
In the city and region
Swansea offers music to suit all tastes. The Brangwyn Hall is the city’s largest concert venue, hosting the BBC National Orchestra of Wales, and events in the Swansea International Festival. The city is a mecca for jazz lovers, with Swansea Jazzland bringing international stars to perform in Swansea.
Some of the photos on this page appear by kind permission of Rhian Cocker.