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We are home to KCL’s only non – auditioning orchestra and choir, welcoming everyone regardless of course, campus or ability! In 2020, we are introducing KCL’s first Mixed A Cappella Group.
Please note: You can only buy 1 type of membership during the year - so please consider this when choosing between single term/full year membership. If you're part of a large ensemble (orchestra, choir) and another membership type (a cappella, piano) - please purchase the large ensemble membership, then email us to inform us you're also a member of another group ( a cappella, piano). See below for more info about buying membership.
Piano Membership Update: Unfortunately, piano membership won't be available during the 1st term.
The orchestra rehearses every Monday, 7:30 – 9pm in AR4, West Wing, Guy’s Campus (right next to London Bridge Station).
We try to accommodate all levels so do not feel intimidated if you are only a beginner or haven’t picked up your instrument in a while. We’ve played a wide range of pieces, from Elgar’s Nimrod to Pirates of the Caribbean, and rehearsals are always relaxed and friendly!
If you’re a soloist who would like to play a specific piece with orchestral accompaniment e.g. Concerto movements, drop us an email at email@example.com. We also send out a form for this via our weekly newsletter.
The choir rehearses every Monday, 6-7:30pm in Guy’s Chapel, Guy’s Campus.
Previous pieces they’ve sung have been the enchanting ‘Stars’ by Eriks Ešenvalds and Rutter’s ‘What Sweeter Music’, as well as supporting everyone in the carols at our Christmas Concert!
Click here if you have any suggestions for pieces you’d like the orchestra/choir to play/sing!
The A Cappella group is new to the 20/21 year, and will be the first official Mixed A Cappella group at King’s! This is the only auditioning ensemble of GKTMS due to the precise nature of harmonies and voice blending needed in A Cappella. Whether you can sight – read sheet music or follow a tune by ear, we encourage everyone who loves to sing to audition! In 2020, auditions will take place virtually by sending in a video of your singing and following some exercises (more details to follow!).
Student - Led Small Ensembles
We want to support students in forming their own ensembles. Whether it’s a string quartet, jazz trio or rock band, we will be offering these ensembles opportunities to perform in our Open Mics and Musician Platforms as well as your ensemble being eligible to financial support.
We also know how difficult it can be to find a place to practice at King’s, so we will try to give you advice on this.
Click here if you want to create an ensemble and/or are looking for other people to take part !
This gives pianists secure access to a piano at Guy’s campus where you can schedule in practice times every week on Tuesdays and Fridays. After purchasing the piano membership on our page, please email us so we can forward you the rehearsal schedule.
We offer plenty of performance opportunities throughout the year: large concerts for our orchestra and choir including our big annual Christmas Concert; Open Mic Nights for singers and bands; and Musician Platforms for soloists and small ensembles.
A big part of GKTMS are our inclusive socials! We hold all kinds of events from Pub Quizzes and Movie Pizza Nights to attending free concerts at Southbank Centre.
Due to the uncertainty of COVID – 19, we are planning for our first term of orchestra and choir rehearsals to take place virtually on Microsoft Teams which will include lots of sectionals, so a great way to get to know your fellow section members! Our Christmas concert will most likely take the shape of an online video with members sending in videos and audio clips of them playing/singing the piece. The same applies to our Open Mics and Musicians Platforms.
However, we’re constantly checking in on government guidelines, and will update you should we be allowed to have physical sectionals, rehearsals or concerts.
Therefore, we have reduced our First Term large ensemble (orchestra, choir) membership fee to £5.
Hopefully, by the second term (January 2021), normal rehearsals will be able to go ahead, hence the membership fee will be £15, and £20 for multi-ensemble membership.
You can purchase membership for a single term (1: September – December, or 2: January – May) or for a whole year.
Single Ensemble = Orchestra OR Choir
Multiple Ensemble = Orchestra AND Choir
A Cappella = Free - to be purchased after successful auditions
Performance = Free - if you're not in the orchestra/choir/a cappella but want to perform at our Open Mics, Musicians Platforms or just attend our socials!
Associate = If you're KCL Alumni or University of London student.
If you want to play music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, attend our concerts or come to our socials, become a member of GKT Music Society today!
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