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Singing opportunities

Our groups offer a golden opportunity to find your perfect singing style.

Barbershop Chorus

This a capella group has four parts: tenor, lead, baritone and bass. If you’re interested in singing close harmony jazz, complete with ‘doo bee doos’, walking bass lines, comic glissandi and wicked jazzy chords, then this is the group for you! Both men and women are welcome.

We cover everything from standards such as Blue Skies and Goodnight Sweetheart to pop tracks such as When I’m 64 and Moondance. We’re also geared very much toward comic performances.

Come and sing songs you know, but perhaps in a slightly different way! Everyone is welcome – there's no audition and no previous experience is necessary. Music is provided and all you need is enthusiasm.

There will be opportunities for performances on and off campus, sometimes with or in conjunction with other CPA ensembles. We regularly busk on campus in the café and bar areas.

Rehearsals are held weekly during term time on Wednesday evenings from 19:00–21:00 in Rehearsal Room 3 at the Centre for performing Arts, Frenchay Campus. The group is privileged to have input from experienced barbers from the region, including Stuart Main, Ali Jack and Lynne Lawrence.

For more information please contact Max Davies on +44 (0) 117 32 84308 or by emailing

Gospel Choir

The UWE Gospel Choir, under the direction of Charmaine Samuels, is open to UWE Bristol students, staff and friends from the local community.

They have enjoyed considerable success over the past couple of years and were selected as finalists in the University Gospel Choir of the Year competition for 2013 and 2011. The repertoire includes a mix of contemporary gospel music and 'praise and worship' music by many well-known gospel artists and worship leaders.

In 2012 they hosted their own charity concert in support of Food for the Hungry. Then in 2013 and 2014 they took part in the Bristol Festival of Song where they sang at the Colston Hall, and participated in Handel’s Messiah – Soulful Celebration at the prestigious St Georges, Bristol.

The group has enjoyed considerable success in accolade and endeavour, including being finalists in the University Gospel Choir of the Year competition for 2013 and 2011, hosting a charity concert in aid of Food for the Hungry in 2012, and participating in Handel’s Messiah – Soulful Celebration at St George’s Bristol. In 2015, they organised a whole day singing workshop and evening concert with international gospel artiste Karen Gibson.

The Gospel Choir performs throughout the year at UWE Bristol Events, and also at venues such as National Trust Tyntesfield.

Previous experience is not required and no audition is necessary. Just come and experience a whole new way of singing and performing!

Rehearsals are on Wednesdays from 17:3018:30 in Rehearsal Room 3, Frenchay Campus.

For more information, contact the CPA on +44 (0)117 32 82067 or email us at

UWE Bristol ReVoice Choir

The UWE Bristol ReVoice Choir is a social singing group run by HCPC Music Therapists, students and speech and language therapists.

It is open to anyone who has had a stroke or has a diagnosis of aphasia and finds that everyday communication is now difficult.

The choir will practise breathing and voice exercises, along with a wide variety of songs and music making, usually familiar to our members and often suggested by them. This choir is for you if you want to join a different kind of social event where communication difficulty is accepted and understood. It may also be possible to use musical instruments.

Choir members do not need to have a background in music. An interest in any style of music is welcome.

Carers and family are also welcome to attend and regular volunteer help is always appreciated. The venue is fully accessible by bus or car (with disabled access), and refreshments are available nearby.

Please email us on to register interest, as places are limited.

Choir dates and venue

Dates: Every Wednesday from 18 January 2017 to Wednesday 15 March 2017 from 13:30 – 15:00.

Venue: Room 1H16, UWE Bristol, Glenside Campus, Blackberry Hill, Bristol BS16 1DD.

If you have any questions please ring us on +44 (0)117 32 82067.

Travel information and map

Please download a copy of the map of Glenside Campus showing the rehearsal room, bus stops and parking.

If you are planning to arrive via bus, please plan your route using the Traveline route planner.


To hear Showstoppers in action please visit the CPA sound clips page.

As its name suggests, this group sings its way through some of the all-time great show-stopping songs from Broadway and the West End. Examples include Chicago, Guys and Dolls, Miss Saigon, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables, as well as Rent, Wicked, Tick Tick Boom and Taboo.

Come and sing all those famous numbers you hum along to in the car or in the shower. Everyone is welcome and there's no audition – no previous experience is necessary. It's good fun guaranteed! Music is provided and all you need is enthusiasm.

Your tutor will be Ian Henderson, who also produces the UWE Bristol musical. There will be opportunities for performances both on and off campus – sometimes with other CPA ensembles such as the UWE Big Band.

There are two identical/similar rehearsals each week held on Frenchay and Glenside Campuses, and the two groups join together for performances.

  • Mondays, 12:3013:30 in the Centre for Performing Arts, Frenchay Campus.
  • Wednesdays, 12:3013:30 in MT2 (Manual Therapy, J Block), Glenside Campus.

For more information please contact Ian Henderson on +44 (0)117 32 81388 or by emailing

University Singers

This is a great choral society/symphony chorus for everyone and you don't need to audition to join. Students, staff and friends can come and experience the thrill of singing with 150 other people, usually with a full symphony orchestra.

In recent years, the choir has tackled some of the great works from the repertoire, including: Poulenc’s Gloria, some of Wagner’s opera chorusus such as Entry of the Guests from Tannhäuser and the Bridal Chorus from Lohengrin, Mozart’s Requiem, Elgar’s The Music Makers, Karl Jenkins’s Requiem, Hadyn’s Nelson Mass, Delius’s Sea Drift, John Rutter's Requiem in Bristol Cathedral (2013), David Fanshawe’s African Sanctus and Walton's Belshazzar's Feast. The choir is regularly joined by top international soloists.

The University Singers also makes a significant contribution to the annual UWE Carol Service.

For the 2017/18 season, the UWE Singers are joining the orchestra in a slightly unusual programme that will see the choir tackle two significant a capella works – Gorecki’s Totus Tuus and Jonathan Harvey’s Come Holy Ghost. The singers and orchestra will come together in performances of Taizé chants, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols and Gavin Bryars’s mesmerising Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet. They will also perform a major choral work with the UWE Symphony Orchestra in the Centre for Performing Arts Festival of Sound culmination concert at Colston Hall on 22 April 2018.

The University Singers is currently conducted by the Dr Max Davies and accompanied by Alison Howell. New singers, whether experienced or complete beginners, are always very welcome.

Come along and give it a try. You do not necessarily need to read music and it is a lot of fun. Rehearsals are at 19:30 on Tuesdays in Room 2B025 on Frenchay Campus.

For more information please contact the Centre for Performing Arts.

UWE Bristol Groove Collective

This exciting collective is open to singers and instrumentalists and will give you the chance to rehearse and perform popular hits from the soul/pop/disco and funk genres. The choir and band rehearse at the same time in separate rooms and then come together periodically to perfect their performance, complete with some choreography! As well as classics by Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Beyoncé, Nina Simone etc, recently the group has tackled songs of The Weeknd, Bruno Mars, Kasabian, Jess Glynne and many more!

No audition is necessary, and membership is open to anyone prepared to have a good time.

As well as vocal harmony singing, there will be plenty of opportunities for people to take solos, so it's a great experience for anyone who loves singing. Be prepared for a boogie! Although you won't be able to stop yourself once the band starts playing.

Rehearsals are on Wednesday nights from 19:00–21:00 in Central Teaching Area rooms 2E025 and 2E027, Frenchay Campus.

For more details please contact Dr Max Davies on +44 (0)117 32 84308 or by emailing

Singing lessons

To hear the singing lessons in action please visit the CPA sound clips page.

Singing lessons – technique and repertoire are available for those interested in either classical or music theatre. Places are available to students and a termly fee is payable. However, there is a reduced cost for students who play an active part in the musical life of the University by taking a committed part in one of the CPA’s groups. Please note that places are very limited, so apply now!  

If you are interested in vocal tuition, please contact Ian Henderson or the CPA office to arrange an initial meeting/audition. No previous experience is necessary. The auditions are very informal, but it would be helpful if you could prepare a song beforehand if possible. Please note that singing lessons are only available to students and staff at UWE Bristol.

For more information, please contact Ian Henderson on +44 (0)117 32 81388 or by emailing

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