All the ensembles and choirs listed are organised by our student societies, with support from the Director of Music:
The SU Big Band goes from strength to strength, playing classic swing, modern jazz, funk, and many other genres, at concerts and events throughout the year. Annual highlights are the Big Band Dinner Dance and the Great Hall Student Showcase. Starting this year, the Big Band will be professionally directed.
SU Choral Society runs a dynamic, friendly, non-auditioning choir, directed by students, and singing a wide range of music. They perform regularly in Swansea – at concerts and events – and sing in the annual Student Showcase in the Great Hall. In 2018, they went international, singing at a gala concert at Carnegie Hall, NYC, in celebration of the Kings Singers 50th anniversary.
The Choral Society also run a smaller Chamber Choir: membership is drawn from the main choir by audition/invitation. This rehearses on Wednesday afternoons; if you’re interested in singing in the Chamber Choir, speak to a member of the Choral Society committee.
SU Orchestra plays a wide range of music from the late classical period onwards, usually including some film music and one or two lesser-known gems. It’s conducted by the Director of Music, and supported by several experienced members of staff. Our collaboration with The Welsh Sinfonia gives players the opportunity to play alongside professional musicians and to further develop their own playing. The orchestra gives an annual concert in the Great Hall, and also performs in the Musicians’ Society’s Summer and Winter concerts. Strings are not auditioned, and new players are always welcome. Wind and brass players join by audition/invitation – auditions are held on the first Wednesday of the academic year.
An all-singing, all-dancing, award-winning Show Choir, performing a range of songs from pop and rock to musical theatre, with backing tracks, live music and even a capella. Along with two annual showcases, the highlight is national Masters of Show Choir competition, which SU Show Choir won in 2016.
The Musicians’ Society organises a number of smaller ensembles, depending on who’s interested – usually a Flute Choir, Brass Group and Sax Group, and sometimes others. Contact the Society if you’re interested.
SU Wind Band is a large, ambitious, non-auditioned band, with an impressive recent history. Highlights have included prize-winning performances at the National Concert Band Festival, and collaborations with Choral Society in the Great Hall. From this year, Wind Band will be professionally conducted, and is sure to continue developing. Repertoire focusses on good quality original wind music, alongside some crowd-pleasing film and show music.