Philharmonic Ensembles


  • Philharmonic Ensembles Student Membership£8.00
  • Philharmonic Ensembles Associate Membership£8.00

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Keele Philharmonic Orchestra welcomes players from both the student and staffing bodies of Keele University, plus the local community, to come together to enjoy playing classical repertoire.



We rehearse weekly with a high focus on classical orchestral repertoire, helping us to enhance our music techniques. We are largely a student-led ensemble with professional conductor Dr Theo Vinden, but also give members opportunities (if they wish) to take roles within the society e.g. conducting, arranging music, and leading sectionals. We perform 3 concerts per year which take place in the University Chapel, showcasing our work within the orchestra. We also perform alongside the other music groups, occasionally doing joint pieces.

Repertoire for the 2021-2022 academic year included: Noon Witch- Dvorak, Tsar’s Bride- Rimsky- Korsakov, Suite of English Folk Dances- Tomlinson, Hungarian Dances- Brahms.

Repertoire in the 2022-2023 academic year included: Egmont Overture- Beethoven, Lord of the Dance- Larry Moore, Nutcracker Suite- Tchaikovsky, Hebrides Overture- Mendelssohn, Peer Gynt Suite 1- Grieg, Pastoral Music- Beethoven

In the new academic year for 2023-2024 we will be looking at a range of repertoire! 


We are always looking for new members and welcome orchestral players of approximately grade 5-6 standard and above, however anyone is welcome to come along and have a go- there is no audition process! Any questions, do contact us.


  • Thursday evening- 7-9:30
  • Location- Barnes Bar
  • First rehearsal- Thursday 21st September 2023


  • 16th December 2023, 7pm, Keele Chapel 
  • 16th March 2024, 7pm, Keele Chapel 
  • 8th June 2024, 7pm, Keele Chapel 


  • Come and say HI at the Fresher’s Fair
  • Come along to the first taster sessions
  • Email us if you have any questions
  • Join the KPE facebook page and group 
  • Follow Keele University Music Union (KUMU) facebook for general music updates
  • Click ‘I’m interested’ at the bottom of the page
  • Check out our Youtube channel to see us in concerts 


In the past, Keele Philharmonic Ensembles used to include Keele Voices (a choir). However, it is unable to run this year due to low numbers, but if you are keen in this, contact us!







  • Philharmonic Ensembles Student Membership£8.00
  • Philharmonic Ensembles Associate Membership£8.00


Keele Philharmonic Taster Session 2
28th September
Barnes Bar
The 2nd of our taster sessions :-)


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