COVID-19 UPDATE: Sadly, due to Covid-19, for the safety of our singing members, we have decided to make our choir dormant until it is safe for normal choir sessions to resume. Having been part of university life for 16 years, we desperately hope to come back soon to celebrate and promote the value of diversity through music.
Rehearsals on campus will be replaced by social Zoom catch-up calls to maintain the strong bonds we've created between members, both students and non-students, and we hope in Term 2 to organise an online choir, welcoming both choir alumni and new members. For more, please check out the Facebook page or email a member of the committee =0]
Membership for 2020 will be free.
Enjoy music from all around the world? Want to join a society with a real community-feel? Look no further than our fun and friendly choir! Come sing with us! No auditions! Have a little peak at what we sound like here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xIAyQPCEfUE
Taught by a professional, fun and friendly director, we rehearse (during non-pandemic times!...) every Tuesday from 7-8:30pm in the Forum Seminar Rooms 7-9, singing exceptionally stunning and impressive music from all around the world. This means different languages, intricate harmonies and a chance to try something new each and every week! This year will, of course, be an exception as we cannot rehearse together in person, but we endeavour to keep in contact weekly through video calls.
We mainly sing ‘a cappella’ (unaccompanied – just voices in harmony) but occasionally we’ll add a percussion instrument or two (or a clattering wooden crocodile <====,,^^^^^,,θθϖ) for added effect - we recently learned a Native American song accompanied with buffalo drums and rattles (we try to keep the instruments Vegan-friendly!...) which proved so impressive in performance! Expect the occasional dance move which really lifts spirits for audience and performers alike... Just last year, we sang songs including a Gaelic working song, a Norwegian lullaby, a Finnish call, a flirtatious Italian love-letter, a Renaissance madrigal about a cricket =//\\//\o'`_o'`, two classics from Korea and China, an indigenous Taiwanese tune and still many more!
Our aims and Objectives:
- We pride ourselves in being one of very few non-auditioned choirs associated with the University. We put inclusivity at the core of the choir's ethos - everyone is welcome. So, as well as members from across the planet, we also welcome non-student members, to create a holistic sound that represents the whole of society! It's what makes us unique amongst the university's non-classical choirs, and inspires a real community feel.
- In-keeping with our inclusivity, we make sure that all our songs are secular, originating from all around the world in order to build an expansive repertoire of diverse and international songs which anyone could be comfortable singing, often accompanied with props, instruments and, rather excitingly, dance (nothing too strenuous)!
- In a normal year, though sadly not this year, the choir would share its happiness and harmonies by performing at a number of concerts, often for charities: one held at the end of Winter Term in the acoustically-wonderful University Chapel or at big, yearly events (Bristol Community Choir Convention, Exeter Respect Festival and Exeter Respect Festival on Streatham Campus) and some new and exciting venues (like the Eden Project).
- We have also attended and performed at events we think are important from a humanitarian view, such as one of the recent Extinction Rebellion marches and a night-time vigil for refugees, as well as the Animal-Cruelty Free Christmas Fayre at the Corn Exchange in Exeter. In more recent years, we have been asked to collaborate with other UoE societies, such as the Contemporary Choir and even Breakdance Society. With our Breakdance friends we took part in the 'Lates' at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter which hosts events celebrating things artistic, musical or historical.
- Our last objective, but by no means least, is to make friends and become a family away from home (especially for international students who are thousands of miles from home), all coming together in a safe place to experiment with music, enjoy different cultures and to swim the midst of glorious harmonies.
The usual costs (this year, 2020, is free):*
– anybody’s first session is free, regardless of how far through term you might try.
– for students: £20 annual membership + £2 per session.
– for non-students: £60/ £50 (concession) per 10 week term in Autumn and Spring. The Summer term is proportionately reduced as it is a short term. (This includes an annual payment to the student Guild for being a student Guild 'Associate Member').
*The payments contribute to the salary of our brilliant, professional director.
Feel free to come along to any session and experience our fun and friendly choir!
Find out more about us and listen to us on our website: www.ojay.uk/worldmusicchoir
For more information email Alessandra Horton (President) at email@example.com