Philharmonic Ensembles


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Keele Philharmonic Orchestra and Choir welcomes members 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

Repertoire for the 2023-2024 academic year includes: New World Symphony M4- Dvorak, Carmen Suite No.1- Bizet, Folk Song Suite- Williams, Night on bald mountain- Mussorgsky


Voices is the classical choir that runs parallel to the orchestra with a high focus on classical choral music. They rehearse music specifically for the choir and then pieces to perform in collaboration with the orchestra in concerts. The choir is under the direction of Dr Theo Vinden but provides the members with opportunities to lead parts of rehearsal such as warm-ups and sectionals. 


We are always looking for new members and welcome orchestral players of approximately grade 5-6 standard and above for the orchestra, however, anyone who plays a classical orchestral instrument is welcome to come along. The choir is building up members for all the sections so if you are interested in joining, do get in touch! 


  • Voices Choir- Thursday evening 5-6:30
  • Orchestra- Thursday evening 7-9:15
  • Location- Barnes Bar
  • First rehearsal- Thursday 25th January 2024


  • 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 





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