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Queen's Big Band

The QUB Big Band, founded in 2002, has become one of the University’s most popular music-making outfits. The band is trained and conducted by Stephen Barnett, an experienced jazz performer on trombone and piano. The emphasis in Big Band is on learning about playing jazz.

Workshops/Rehearsals: Mondays 6.30-8.30pm Harty Room: Auditions held only in cases of over-provision for a particular section: First rehearsal: Mon. 30 September 2019: Conductor: Mr Stephen Barnett: School Contact: Amanda Kirkpatrick Information correct as at 27 Sept 19

Queen's Chamber Choir

This is a flexible chamber choir for enthusiastic singers whose membership is drawn from throughout the University and the local community.

Director - Donal McCricken *new*: Auditions tbc; Rehersals tbc; Staff contact: Amanda Kirkpatrick; Information correct as at 27 Sept 19


Queen's University Symphony Orchestra

The student-run orchestra of approximately sixty students from throughout the University. QUSO aims to perform challenging works to a high standard. Highlights of previous years including symphonies by Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Brahms and Dvořák.

Rehearsals Tues, 5.45–8.45pm, Harty Room: Auditions: As necessary - contact the orchestra: Website: Committee contact: Information correct as at 27 Sept 19

Queen's Viol Consort

Queen's Viol Consort

Queen’s Viol Consort was formed about 30 years ago. Students, staff, and the general public with interests in early music are welcome to join. No previous experience of string instruments is required: individual coaching will be offered to beginners.

Sessions Mondays, 12.30–2pm (small consort) and monthly Saturdays, 3–6pm (large consort), all in Harty Room: School Contact Prof. Yo Tomita, Information correct as at 27 Sept 19


The University Choir encourages all singers from across campus, including staff and students as well as members of the public to come along and perform in a large group, regardless of any previous experience. We perform pieces from a large variety of genres and usually give two concerts each academic year.

Rehearsals tbc: First rehearsal tbc: Auditions: No audition necessary: Contacts: Callista Middleton & Amy Murray Please contact the Music Society to confirm times and dates: Information correct as at 27 Sept 19


HIVE is a vocal ensemble that composes and performs new music. The group explores verbal notation, graphic scores and site-specific performance, with regular events in Belfast.

Rehearsals Tuesdays, 6.00pm, Sonic Lab: Contact: Dr John D’Arcy Information correct as at 27 Sept 19


Organised by Queen’s Music Society. A traditional music group, open students at all levels.

Rehearsals Mondays, 2.00-3.00pm, Music Building: Contact: Catriona Gribben & Brendan Kerr & Information correct as at 27 Sept 19


Organised by Queen’s Music Society. For those who like to sing unaccompanied close harmony.

Director tbc: Rehersals tbc: For further information, keep in touch with QMS on Facebook Information correct as at 27 Sept 19


FLOW is a freeform improvisatory group for all performers (instruments, voices, dancers, visual artists, story-tellers…)

Rehearsals Fridays, 4-5pm, Music Building: Contact Patrick Moore: Email: Information correct as at 27 Sept 19


hosted by the Ethnomusicology programme of the School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics. Gamelan refers to an ensemble of mostly percussive instruments, including xylophones and gongs, originating from Indonesia. Playing Gamelan provides an opportunity to learn how music is practised outside the Western world, including basic Balinese music theory and notation (based on numbers).

Learning gamelan is a flexible and relaxing experience, where students are able to choose and switch instruments based on their interest and ability. Anyone wanting to explore this alternative form of music is invited to join, and absolutely no prior musical experience is required. Director Adam Farhan Bin Salmaan Hussein: Staff contact Dr Ioannis Tsioulakis: For updates, register interest with Ioannis Information correct as at 27 Sept 19


QUBe is a collective of students, staff and other musicians who play experimental and improvised music on any instruments, stimulated by graphic scores, game pieces, and free improvisation. By popular demand, this group may re-form in 2020.

Dir.: Simon Waters For updates, register your interest with Amanda Kirkpatrick:


This group involves engaging with music from the communities of Northern Ireland. Beginning with the rudimentary aspects of drumming, the Northern Ireland Percussion Ensemble will take participants through the various stylistic nuances of drumming, and how these styles often correlate with various genres of traditional musics in Northern Ireland.

Dir.: Dr Ray Casserly Staff contact: Dr Ioannis Tsioulakis For updates, register interest Ioannis:


The djembe is a West African drum played with bare hands. Learning to play it provides an opportunity to learn more about West African music and its role in dance and stories. We are currently gauging

Director Ronan McKee: Staff contact Dr Trevor Agus: For updates, register interest with the staff contact, Dr Trevor Agus: Information correct as at 27 Sept 19


There are a number of societies formed by our students.  

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Junior Academy of Music

Providing music activities for aspiring young musicians from ages 4 - 17. Activities include children's choir, brass band, instrument tuition, and creative music technology

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