Choir

Choir

University Choir

The University of Greenwich Choir is an 80-strong chorus made up of students, staff, alumni and friends of the University of Greenwich. The choir rehearses on Monday evenings during term-time on the Greenwich campus, and gives public performances throughout the year including at the University Carol Services and in large choral-orchestral concerts as well as less formal settings.

The choir sings everything from Mozart to George Michael, there is no charge to join, and there are no formal auditions.

To sign up to the choir's mailing list please click here, and for more information please send an email to: choir@gre.ac.uk

David Fussey Choral Exhibition

The David Fussey Choral Exhibition is a bursary worth £1,000 awarded in memory of Dr David Fussey, the late Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich, who greatly enjoyed choral music. Up to five students are awarded a bursary each year and recipients are expected to take a leading role in the management of the University Choir, including organising events, maintaining the choir mailing list, organising stewards for concerts and setting equipment up for rehearsals. Applicants are expected to be strong singers and good team players. The deadline for applications is 30 September each year, and auditions take place on Monday 11th October. Please contact Jonathan Schranz at choir@gre.ac.uk for more information or visit the Bursaries pages of the university website. The application form can be downloaded here.

Next Performance

Summer Concert

Monday 23 May, 7.30pm

Atrium, Dreadnought Building

The University of Greenwich Choir performs a light programme of songs for Summer including George Shearing's Songs and Sonnets

Tickets are free and available on the door.

Rehearsal Dates

Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 6.30-8.30pm in the Queen Anne building, Greenwich Campus.

Rehearsal dates for the full academic year are as follows:

September: 20, 27 (Queen Anne Room 063)

October: 4 (Queen Anne Room 063)

11, 18 (Queen Anne Room 063)

25 (Queen Anne Room 065)

November: 1 Concert, Dreadnought Atrium

8, 15, 22, 29 (Queen Anne Room 063)

November 30 University Carol Services, Old Royal Naval College Chapel

January: 17, 24, 31 (Queen Anne Room 063)

February:  7, 14, 21, 28 (Queen Anne Room 063)

March: 7, 14, 21 (Queen Anne Room 063)

25th March, Handel's Messiah Concert, St Alfege Church

April: 4, 25

May: 3, 9, 16,

23rd May Summer Concert, Dreadnought Atrium, 7.30pm

Music Team

Music Director: Jonathan Schranz

Jonathan is music director to the University of Greenwich, conducting the University Choir and overseeing the University's choral exhibition programme. He studied choral conducting at the Royal Academy of Music and prior to this he read music at the University of Cambridge. Jonathan is a versatile musician familiar with a broad range of approaches to music-making. With a background in jazz trumpet playing, music education and outreach work, solo singing and a decade of professional church music experience, Jonathan enjoys a diverse career which takes him from parish churches to high security prisons on a regular basis. He is Director of Music at St George's Cathedral in Southwark, Conductor of the Purcell Singers, a Section Leader for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain, and a co-founder and Head of Development for the charity Sing Inside, which delivers singing workshops in prisons and secure institutions across the country.

Guest Accompanist: Benjamin Newlove

Accompanist: James Orford

James Orford has recently completed two years as the Organist in Residence at Westminster Cathedral, having previously been the Organ Scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral.  He studied at the Royal Academy of Music for his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, where he won many prizes, including the Duchess of Gloucester’s Award for Exemplary Studentship.  For his final year, he was awarded one of the Academy’s prestigious Bicentenary Scholarships, which provided him with the opportunity to record his debut solo album, which was released in the summer of 2021 - his own complete transcription of Vivaldi’s L’estro Armonico.  James enjoys a busy schedule as an organist and pianist, performing either as a soloist or accompanist, and has performed in a large number of notable venues in the UK, France, Germany, Sweden, Canada, the USA, and Nigeria.  He is the accompanist for the Thames Philharmonic Choir and the London Choral Sinfonia, and has appeared on recordings and broadcasts with the choirs of St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, and King’s College, London.

Choral Exhibitioners 2021-22:

Daisy Haines

Lydia Burling-Smith

Madeleine Foyle

Marcela González Yáñez

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