LUUMS CHAMBER CHOIR
LUUMS Chamber Choir is the auditioned vocal group of the music society, aimed at bringing together a group of 20-25 students who all share the same passion for music and choral singing.
We aim to sing a wide variety of repertoire, previously performing works by Allegri, Tchaikovsky and Poulenc, whilst also incorporating more modern pieces. Chamber Choir is a chance to enjoy singing of a high standard within a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. We perform concerts at the end of each term and in between these like to take part in evensongs around Leeds as well as other events like Christmas carolling. These performances all lead up to the main event of the year; a European tour! Previously, the choir have visited cities including Copenhagen, Budapest and this year are going on tour to Krakow, Poland.
The choir rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7.30pm to 9.30pm and rehearsals are usually followed by a trip to Old Bar in the Union for a chance to socialise with fellow choir members. We like to arrange a variety of socials throughout the year for a chance to get to know each other, these often include cheese and wine nights, or if you’re up for a party, trips to the union club night on a Friday!
Auditions for Chamber Choir 2019/20 have now closed. Thank you to everyone who auditioned and congratulations to this year's choir!
Tuesdays 7.30pm – 9.30pm
Rehearsal Hall, School of Music
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Lizzie is a third year Music student with a love for singing and opera. She studies performance under the tuition of International Tenor, Austin Gunn, and cannot wait to make the most of her final year in Leeds. A highly experienced performer, Lizzie is a member of Leeds Youth Opera and Rocket Opera, most recently performing the role of Kate in Pirates of Penzance at Berwick Festival Opera (September 2019). Performing with Chamber Choir last year allowed her to explore the world of choral music as well as meeting lots of new friends who shared her love of performing spell-binding music. Aside from performing, Lizzie has a strong passion for Music and Drama education and has worked as a freelance Music and Drama teacher in various state schools, and performing arts schools, across the North East for the past three years. Her love of education and music combined has inspired her current dissertation topic, ‘How can state schools in deprived areas help their economically disadvantaged students achieve their full potential as young musicians?’.
Lizzie cannot wait to be manager of Chamber Choir this year with such an amazing committee! She is particularly looking forward to organising fantastic concerts (and even more fantastic socials). If you have any questions, don’t be afraid to come and ask her, she is often found in Old Bar in the University Union!
Hailing from Keighley, West Yorkshire, Sam studied at University of St Andrews and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before returning to his home county, and is now in his third year of a PhD. Sam sang as a child with Bradford Choristers and Bradford Cathedral before taking up a choral scholarship at University of St Andrews. Due to a timetabling error during study abroad in USA, Sam took an elective in conducting and has never looked back! On his return to St Andrews, he led many ensembles and helped found University of St Andrews Opera Society in his final year. He was keen to continue distracting himself with music at Leeds, joining LUMMS in his first year and conducting Symphonic Choir in his second year. He cannot wait to get started conducting with Chamber Choir and looks forward the exciting and challenging year to come! When not hard at work in rehearsals or old bar, Sam can be found on the ground floor of the Chemistry building attempting to complete his PhD in building predictive models for the pharmaceutical industry (ask for more details if you dare...).
Zachary is in the final year of his BA Music course at the University of Leeds and his dissertation focuses on music at the court of Louis XIV. In 2014, he was both Tendring Young Musician and Colchester Singer of the Year and in 2015 was awarded the Ian and Mary Cook Award by the University of Essex Choir. Zachary has studied singing with Roderick Earle and Austin Gunn, has had masterclasses with Iestyn Davies (recorded by BBC Look East), Steven Devine and Kate Semmens, and has received coaching from David Lowe and Stephen Varcoe. He held a Choral Scholarship at Chelmsford Cathedral from 2015 – 2016 and in September 2015 performed alongside Mark Padmore at the Roman River Festival. He has also performed with the early music duo Pellingman's Saraband. Dramatic roles include: Don Curzio (The Marriage of Figaro); Hilarion (Princess Ida); The Defendant (Trial by Jury); Mopsa (The Fairy-Queen); Iro (Il ritorno d’Ulisse in patria) and Centurion (L’enfance du Christ). Zachary is a regular soloist with Leeds Baroque and at the Suffolk Villages Festival. He sings with the Rodolfus Choir, recording with them this summer as a soloist, and has recently joined Fount & Origin, the inaugural recipients of the Stile Antico Ensemble Development Bursary. Zachary enjoys creating modern performing editions of early music, as an assistant to Peter Holman. Some of his editions have been performed by groups such as The Parley of Instruments, Leeds Baroque, Colchester Chamber Choir and at the Cambridge Early Music Summer School and the McKinsey Music Festival in Austria. Zachary is the répétiteur for Leeds Baroque and has played Harpsichord/Organ with Leeds Camerata, LUUMS Symphonic Choir and as part of the University of Leeds International Concert Series. Last year, he was conductor of LUUMS Chamber Choir, studying with Eduardo Portal, and Musical Director of Mack the Knife (LUU Operasoc).
Charlie is a 2nd year student studying Mathematics. After having done a year of Civil Engineering, he eventually came to the conclusion it wasn’t the right course and now has the joy of repeating freshers that on a new course! In the previous year he was heavily involved with LUUMS having been principle trombone of Brass Band and Symphonic Wind Orchestra as well as playing in the Symphony Orchestra and singing in both the Chamber Choir and the Symphonic Choir. Charlie’s experience in choirs began aged 11 when he joined the Bromley Boy Singers starting as a high soprano to eventually becoming a solid 2nd bass. He is now looking forwards to taking the next step of managing a choir and making it an exiting and friendly environment! Outside of music, Charlie’s main passion is roller coasters having ridden over 100 different ones across Europe and some of the US (including the world’s tallest roller coaster). In addition he has also worked as a rides host at Thorpe Park.