For more information about our ensembles message Darcy Beck (President) or Newman Tai (Ensembles Coordinator) and we will 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, the North Sea Jazz Festival and televised rounds of S4C's Band Cymru 2018. In 2019/20, the band also achieved a Platinum Award at the South West Regional stage of the National Concert Band Finals. 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 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 or performance ability. The ensemble also offers opportunities to gain experience in conducting. 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!
Cardiff University Singers
Cardiff University Singers, in collaboration with Music Society, is a mixed, non-auditioned choir open to all. Through weekly rehearsals and regular performances, Cardiff University Singers is a lively, lighthearted ensemble covering a broad range of repertoire. It is a great, relaxed environment for anyone who wants to come along, sing and have fun!
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 this non-auditioned ensemble, 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!
Cardiff University Womxn’s Group is an all-female/non-binary ensemble who play an assortment of jazz music and provide a comfortable space for womxn in jazz to learn and practice skills, including improvisation and developing jazz theory. Regardless of ability or experience, this non-auditioned ensemble is open to all womxn who want to get involved and just play some cool tunes with some cool people! This ensemble is very important when it comes to re-addressing the gender disparity in the jazz world, as jazz is for all of us and cannot continue the way it is without bands like Womxn’s group!