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One of the attractive features of studying at Cardiff University is the richness and diversity of musical activities we offer.

We are extremely proud of our musical activities and everything we do to promote performance, music and music appreciation within the University and beyond.

We run a number of groups within the School and students can also benefit from an enormous range of student-led musical societies.

Join an ensemble, orchestra or other musical group

The ensembles are run by either the School of Music or the Cardiff University Music Society and are, in most cases, open to students across the University.

Some groups require an audition, this is noted in the relevant group with further contact details.

We would encourage you to sign up early for auditions, which will usually take place during enrolment week. Places in ensembles are allocated in the first week of the academic year.

For 2022/23 auditions, please complete our online form by Friday 23 September 2022.

School music groups

Brass section, Symphony Orchestra

Cardiff University Symphony Orchestra

Our Symphony Orchestra with around 120 players from across the whole University.

Chamber choir

Cardiff University Chamber Choir

The Chamber Choir explores repertoire ranging from Renaissance works to contemporary music.

Cardiff University Symphonic Winds

Cardiff University Symphonic Winds

Our Symphonic Winds ensemble will perform pieces from throughout the centuries, from Thomas Tallis to John Adams.

Ensemble performing on stage

Cardiff University Baroque Ensemble

Focusing on music composed for female SSAA choir with orchestral and/or keyboard accompaniment, exploring repertoire of 17th and 18th centuries.

Contemporary music group

Contemporary Music Group

The Contemporary Music Group has a flexible make-up and specialises in contemporary repertoire.

Lit up Jazz sign with performers

Jazz Ensemble

A newly-formed group to support our talented jazz players.

Landing Mané

Lanyi West African Ensemble

Our Lanyi West African Ensemble was established in 2013 to give students the opportunity to study a range of instrumental, vocal and dance traditions.

gamelan instrument

Nogo Abang Gamelan Ensemble

Nogo Abang means red dragon in Javanese and links the dragons traditionally carved on gamelan instruments with the Welsh dragon.

Drum kit on stage

Popular Music Collective

Exploring all aspects of modern live performance.