The University of Exeter Contemporary Choir is the University of Exeter’s only non-auditioned popular music choir. We are a fun, friendly and inclusive choir that sing music from a wide range of genres. Originally aiming for around 40 members, the choir was founded by Jack Watts and Amy Dowd in September 2018 but in just 6 weeks had already reached 100 members! Today, we are the biggest music society on campus with over 200 members and are very proud to have won ‘Society of the Year’ two years running in 2019 and 2020 at the Guild Awards!
The choir consists of members from across all subjects and age groups; from freshers to post-grads and staff too! Being non-auditioned means that everyone is welcome! There is no audition process and no requirement to read music. All we ask is that you enjoy singing or want to give it a go! We have weekly rehearsals on campus which culminate in a performance at the end of each term held in and around Exeter. Other opportunities to perform also arise such as carolling at Christmas!
"The friendliest and most accepting choir to be in"
As a big group, we think it is important to group together and make a difference! Therefore, each year we nominate and vote for a charity and organise fundraising opportunities throughout the year to support them. Last year (2019-20), we raised over £10,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in memory of Linda Newman and Madeleine Hudson, the mothers of two of our members who sadly lost their lives to cancer in 2019. This fundraising included bake sales, concerts, a santa run and much more! As well as the writing of an original charity single, ‘Right There With You’ and the recording of our debut album which you can check out here!