For more information about our ensembles, message David Vellacott (President) or Blyth Bennett (Ensembles Co-ordinator) and we'll be more than happy to help.
Cardiff University Big Band comprises fine new jazz talent from the university scene. An auditioned band, they perform challenging, high quality jazz across the UK and Internationally. High profile concerts in the past have included the Lord Mayor's Charity Gala at BBC Hoddinott Hall, the Montreux Jazz Festival, Lake Geneva and most recently the televised rounds of S4C's Band Cymru 2018. The Big Band is regarded as one of the leading ensembles in the university, specialising in both contemporary big band repertoire and innovative new arrangements, as well as playing the classics of Miller, Basie and Ellington.
Cardiff University Jazz Orchestra is Jazz Society's largest ensemble and prides itself in its policy of total inclusion. The ensemble is aimed to give all musicians the chance to play Jazz music in a relaxed environment, regardless of experience of performance ability. The ensemble also offers opportunities to gain experience in conducting and rehearsing a large ensemble. The Jazz Orchestra is non-auditioned, and welcome to all instruments! Want to play some jazz in a relaxed environment? Give Jazz Orchestra a go! We rehearse at the School of Music at 1:00-3:00pm on Mondays.
Cardiff University Jazz Choir is a mixed, non-auditioned choir open to all. Through weekly rehearsals and regular performances, the Jazz Choir sings a wide-ranging repertoire of tunes both old and new. With opportunities for soloists, conductors, accompanists and instrumentalists, the Jazz Choir is a great way to enhance performance portfolios and expand on your musical experiences. It's also ideal for those who fancy a good sing! Rehearsals are every Tuesday at 5pm at the School of Music.
Cardiff University Saxophone Choir meets once a week to play a variety of music written exclusively for saxophones! Anyone who plays the sax is welcome to join regardless of ability and experience. The music we play ranges from jazz to pop genres, as well as the opportunity to play student compositions. We offer a fun and friendly atmosphere, so if you are interested please do come and join us! Rehearsals are every Friday at 5pm at the School of Music