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Welcome to the Music Centre!

Calling all Freshers 2011!


Welcome to the Music Centre Freshers page which we hope deals with things you will want to know in the first couple of weeks of term. The Music Centre is a place for musicians from all academic subjects to perform, meet friends, discover new music and develop skills and opportunities. There's no music degree at Warwick so everyone who gets involved with the Music Centre does it because they love music, but didn't necessarily want to do it as a first degree. That's what makes us so unique! We provide a variety of opportunities through the student societies for everyone of any standard to have a go! We have lessons available, most of our groups are unauditioned and there's also space to practice in our practice rooms (all have pianos) which are open 7 days a week.

So, What do I do first?


Week 1:


Auditions for Vocal Tuition and the Chamber Choir. 

These take place on the 4th (all day from 9am) 5th (9am - 1pm) and 6th (9am - 12pm) October in the Ensemble Room. If you're interested in having singing lessons or you want to try out for the Chamber choir you need to sign up for a 5 minute slot in the Music Centre, then come in and fill out a form detailing experience etc from the office, which you hand to the panel when you go in. Don't be put off by these, the auditions are informal and friendly and you won't be expected to have prepared a piece! For more info why not have a look at the Chamber Choir website



Rehearsals start straight away, the first being Symphony Orchestra on Tuesday evening from 7pm in the Butterworth Hall, in the Arts Centre. Normally Symphony Orchestra is auditioned, but for the first couple of weeks anyone can come along and have a go playing, as we run a Free Concert each year for everyone to join in! Why not give it a go?

For a full list of rehearsals taking place please see here


Register online.

If you haven't already filled out our Questionnaire please take the opportunity to register yourself online as this will link to any audition or tuition forms you may need to fill out. It also gives us a way of contacting you if we need to get in touch for performance/rehearsal purposes. It only takes a couple of minutes and will save a lot of time at the start of term!


Week 2:

Free Concert!

The Free Concert this year will be held in the Butterworth Hall, Warwick Arts Centre on the 11th October. It starts at 7pm and lots of different Music Centre Societies are getting involved - Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, MTW and Brass Band. Most of these will have rehearsals during the first week so make sure you come along to those and then you can get involved in the Free Concert! It's free to come to and free to play in - what more could you want!

Auditions for Symphony Orchestra Wind/Brass players

These take place on Friday 14th October all day in the Ensemble Room. All Wind and Brass players will need to audition in order to join the Symphony Orchestra and generally will be expected to be of a good standard, but there are no strict requirements in terms of grades here, audition is based on performance. For this audition you will need to have prepared a short piece that is to be played unaccompanied. You will also be given some sight-reading and questioned on previous experience. Again, this audition is friendly and informal so don't be afraid to come and try out! Sign up for a slot in the Music Centre Foyer and we'll get you to fill in a form.

Deadline for handing in Bursary/Scholarship forms

(see below) - deadline is Friday week 2 for audition Friday week 3


Week 3

Bursary and Internal Scholarship Auditions

These take place on Thursday 20th & Friday 21st October all day in the Ensemble Room. You will need to fill out a form available from the Music Centre office before your audition. For further details of the requirements for these please see here. You must hand your application in by Friday Week 2 so that a timetable can be constructed for the auditions. These can be accompanied, if you require an accompanist you must also hand in the accompaniment (preferably an original) to the Music Centre along with your application. The audition consists of two contrasting pieces, sight-reading and a short interview. The whole audition lasts around 10 minutes so you may be asked just for a sample of your pieces. You can audition on more than one instrument.