JOIN ULCC

Formal Applications for the 2020-21 Academic Year have now closed

We welcome new applications at the beginning of each academic year.

However, if you are an enthusiastic singer or musician, or wish to support us otherwise, we would be delighted to hear from you! Please do get in touch using the details on our contact page.

Listed below is a general guideline to our application process. 

Am I eligible to join ULCC?

The majority of our members are currently studying within University of London affiliated colleges and institutions.

 

However, we welcome and offer membership to all students and alumni (including foreign exchange) of any higher educational institution based in London. 

 

You do not have to be studying Music, but you will need to be able to read sheet music.

 

Previous choral experience is encouraged (but not required!).

How does the recruitment process work?

We ask prospective candidates to fill out an application, in which we ask that you supply the following information:

  • Your full name

  • The course and university/higher education institution you attend

  • A brief summary of your previous choral experience, this can include previous choirs you've sung with, musical grades achieved, notable performances etc.

  • What vocal section you are in (S/A/T/B).

We also ask that you kindly provide us with a short reference from a singing teacher, choir master or someone who has been instrumental in your previous singing experience and development. If you are unable to provide a reference, don't worry! You have the option on the application form to provide an email address of a referee, that the ULCC can contact on your behalf to request a short reference.

Providing a reference is not mandatory in the application process, however we strongly encourage you to include one as it helps the Committee make an informed decision about whether we are able to welcome you into the ULCC family!

How does the audition work?

After you have submitted an application form, we will invite you to an audition. We normally ask for you to sing a short prepared piece of music of your choice, as well as perform some basic range and sight reading tests. 

The application process, including audition, is not designed to be competitive! It is merely a chance for us to meet you, and for you to ask any questions.

When do we rehearse and perform?

The ULCC rehearses on a Tuesday evening.

In light of the restrictions made to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, rehearsals are currently being held virtually, online.

 

We continue to monitor government guidelines, and should it become safe and suitable for the choir to rehearse in person as an ensemble, we would very much like this to happen. The Committee will explore ways of making this a reality as soon as this is deemed COVID Secure.

In previous years, we usually performed between 5-8 concerts a year, as well as Choral Evensong, informal carol singing and some specialist work for a private clients, businesses, and podcasts.

The high standard and success of our choir rests on the commitment of its members. Therefore attendance at these rehearsals and concerts is compulsory.

 

However, we fully accept that sometimes difficulties or clashes arise. If this is the case, we ask that you let us know in advance so that we may plan ahead.

Our less formal events and tours are most often held on a voluntary basis.

Our ULCC family!

The ULCC is not just a choir! We are also a group of friends and we organise regular social evenings and dinners to compliment our singing repertoire. Friendship and teamwork are core values of the ULCC.

What do we sing?

Our repertoire include works selected from a huge variety of sacred and secular traditions. To provide a list of all our recent repertoire would be a thoroughly exhaustive task, but we’ve done it anyway. You can find it here. You can also listen to some of our recent recordings on our Listen page.

How much does ULCC membership cost?


If you are successful at the audition stage, we ask that you pay for ULCC membership:​

 

  • For Full Members of Student Central, ULCC membership costs £50 per year.

  • For Associate and Alumni Members of Student Central, ULCC membership costs £75 per year.

For information about Student Central membership, please visit their website.

This money goes towards the costs of running rehearsals, providing sheet music for the choir's library, and providing small perks throughout the year such as free food and drinks! Recently, we have also been able to provide travel and accommodation during tours for free.

Any further questions?

You can email our secretary, Naima, at secretary.ulcc@gmail.com or contact us via our social media platforms:

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Last Updated 4/iii/2021