Music and University Life
Extra-curricular music making is an integral part of life on campus. Undergraduates, postgraduates, alumni and staff all contribute to the rich musical life of the University. If you want more information or wish to join one (or more) of the groups then a good first point of contact is the Music Club representative at the annual Freshers' Fair.
Glasgow University Music Club is a student-run umbrella organisation comprising of a number of student-run music groups. All the groups are open to any ability, and no auditions are necessary. The club is friendly and social, with most groups going for post-rehearsal drinks, and regular social events spanning the whole club. With 5 different ensembles and 5 concerts, as well as an end of year ball and a residential trip, music club is a relaxed and friendly way of playing music while meeting some great people!
If you are interested in joining the Club go along to their stand at the Freshers' Fair or e-mail them at the address below.
The University of Glasgow Big Band are a student-run group with an aim to play a broad range of musical styles such as jazz, swing, latin, funk and blues. The big Band plays several gigs throughout the academic year including Music Club Concerts and society balls both on and off campus. The band also puts on its own Jazz Night at the QMU and also performs at events such as the West End Festival.
Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings in the University Concert Hall, 6 - 8pm. There are no formal auditions and our first rehearsal is an open rehearsal. Sign up at the GU Big Band Stall at the Freshers' Fair or contact the band at the e-mail address below.
The Cecilian Society
The Cecilian Society are the University of Glasgow's foremost musical theatre society. The Society performs two shows in one academic year. Both shows have an open chorus and there are auditions for principal parts.
Celtic Music Group
The Celtic Group caters for just about any instrument! We currently have fiddles, whistles/flutes, guitars, accordion, piano and bodhran….
If you enjoy playing celtic/folk/scottish/irish/breton music in any shape or form, or are keen to try it out, we’d love to see you! We have no auditions, so just come along to our rehearsals every Monday in the Club Room from 6 – 7.30pm, in the Music Club Room.
The Chapel Choir is an auditioned group of around 30 singers, for which students, staff and indeed all members of the University community are invited to audtioin. The Choir sings at 6pm on Tuesday evenings throughout term-time, giving concerts and singing for services in the Memorial chapel. The Choir regularly broadcasts on radio and television and gives concerts further afield including foreign tours and visits to cathedrals. Rehearsals are usually held on Sundays though extra rehearsals may e called when the need arises.
The University of Glasgow Flute Choir is a flute ensemble founded in January 2010. We play a range of musical styles and perform at the Music Club Christmas and Spring concerts as well as the smaller evening concerts. Our group is fun and friendly and no audition required. New members welcome to rehearsals every Tuesday from 7 – 8.30 pm in the Music Club Room.
The recently formed Jazz Society is an associate member of GUMC. This is a more relaxed group/jam session, meeting on Thursdays at in the Concert Hall at 7pm. Jazz Society don’t take part in the Music Club concerts but there are opportunities for live shows in various venues throughout the year.
The Kelvin Ensemble is a student run symphony orchestra performing works chosen by the student committee throughout the year. “Kelvin” performs two concerts a year within the university area, providing students with the chance to both perform and socialise within a thriving music scene. Members are expected to play to a high level and display the musicianship and dedication typical of a full symphony orchestra.
Auditions will be held following our open rehearsal at the end of Freshers’ Week and sign up slots will be available on the website. Information can also be found on our stall at the Freshers' Fair during Freshers' Week or on our website
Madrigirls is a female vocal group based at the University of Glasgow. Formed in the year 2000, they have a large and varied repertoire with a special interest in early, traditional and contemporary music. In addition to performance work, Madrigirls regularly record and take part in radio and tv work. They have featured on BBC Radio Scotland, BBC Radio 3 , BBC1 and Channel 4. The choir is co-directed by Katy Cooper and Catriona Hutchinson.
Madrigirls has about 30 members and auditions each October.
Music Club Choir & Chamber Choir
Music club choir is a relaxed and friendly choir open to all students- whether you've sung in a choir before or just in the shower! Rehearsals will be in the Music Club Room on Wednesdays from 6 - 7. No auditions are required, so just come along.
As an ensemble, we have access to a variety of good quality instruments, including a 5-octave marimba, and all manner of tuned instruments, drums, a brand new timpani and lots more. If you're interested come along Wednesday at 8:30 to the University concert hall, no auditions required.
Wind band is an excellent place to make friends, have a laugh, and play some music. It is a mixed ability group and new players are always welcome. Rehearsals are from 6.30-8.30pm on Monday evenings in the Concert Hall. No auditions necessary so just come along and join in!