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Join one of our many extra-curricular ensembles

Extra-curricular musical activities are an integral part of student life at Kent, and there are many opportunities for you to get involved. Whatever you study, make music!
Singers rehearsing in Colyer-Fergusson Hall
Molly Hollman.

Chorus

An un-auditioned choir, the Chorus meets weekly on Monday evenings, and prepares for three concerts in the year with the Symphony Orchestra, both on campus and in Canterbury Cathedral.

No previous singing experience necessary - open to students, staff and alumni. External members are also welcome, but should email music@kent.ac.uk to arrange an audition.

Find out more about Chorus scores and deposits

Symphony Orchestra

The University Symphony Orchestra rehearses weekly and performs three concerts a year, including one in Canterbury Cathedral.

String players above Grade 6 welcome: woodwind and brass auditions take place at the start of the academic year on Wednesday 7 October, 2-5pm: see Getting involved for details.

Open to students, staff and alumni: external members are also welcome, but should email music@kent.ac.uk to arrange an audition.

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Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir is an auditioned, primarily student-based group of around twenty student singers. The choir gives an annual concert in the Crypt of Canterbury Cathedral, and also participates in the University Carol Service as well as other concerts off-campus and throughout the city of Canterbury.

Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings.

Auditions take place at the beginning of the academic year on Wednesday 30 September, 1-6pm and Friday 2 October 2-6pm; see Getting Involved for more details.

Big Band

Open to all advanced saxophone, brass, bass and kit players, the Big Band rehearses each week on Wednesday evenings. It gigs throughout the year both on- and off-campus.

The Big Band repertoire ranges from traditional big band classics to Stevie Wonder, and they often work with professional performers: previous guests include saxophonist Phil Veacock from the Jools Holland Orchestra and trumpeter Mike Lovatt from the John Wilson Orchestra.

Auditions may be required.

Concert hall with orchestra and audience
Photo by Peter Cook.

Concert Band

The Concert Band rehearses on Wednesday evenings, and performs in an ever-popular concert each year in the spring term and during Summer Music Week.

Repertoire for the Concert Band ranges from John Williams and Hans Zimmer to showtunes.

Open to students, staff and alumni: external members are also welcome, but should contact music@kent.ac.uk 

Cecilian Choir

A by-invitation choir of students, staff and alumni which performs in Colyer-Fergusson and at Canterbury Cathedral.

Performers in Colyer-Fergusson Hall
Musical Theatre Society.

Musical Theatre Society

A student-run society which puts on two main musicals each year, both in the Marlowe Theatre Studio in Canterbury and the University’s Gulbenkian theatre. Recent shows have included Rent, Company and Evita. There is also a themed showcase each term in Colyer-Fergusson Hall and in Gulbenkian

Gospel Choir

A student-run society that performs throughout the year, and takes part in the University Gospel Choir of the Year competition  .

Student music societies

There are a number of music societies which co-ordinate student music-making activities: