We are committed to high quality, ambitious and innovative performance. Many of our graduates have achieved a professional career as performers.
New students are introduced to the Department at the start of the academic year with Music Week: an intensive programme of rehearsals and creative workshops that culminate in the opening performances of the season.
Events are co-ordinated by the Department’s Events Manager, Jake Bernard.
See all upcoming Music events. If you have any queries please contact Jake via email at j.bernard (@gold.ac.uk) or on 020 7919 7645. We actively support student initiatives to setup their own groups, so please get in touch.
Our ensembles include:
- Goldsmiths Sinfonia
- Chamber Choir
- Composers' Forum
- Contemporary Music Ensemble
- Creative Jazz Ensemble
- Electronic Music Studios / Laptop Ensemble
- Keyboard Collective
- Lunchtime & Evening Recitals
- Simon Says
- Music Collective
- Goldsmiths Vocal Ensemble
- plus student-led ensembles
Goldsmiths Sinfonia has gained a reputation for the quality of their performances under the direction of professional conductors.
Recent works performed include Prokofiev Classical Symphony, Feldman Intersection, Colin McPhee Tabuh-Tabuhan, Richard Rodney Bennett Partita, Stravinsky Firebird, Haydn Symphony No 70, Vaughan Williams Symphony No 7 and Lutoslawski Cello Concerto. The most advanced performers in the department can audition to perform a concerto with the Sinfonia at the end of Term 3 for the following academic year, recent concerti include PhD student Paul Cassidy performing Ravel's Piano Concerto, Tom Pickles performing Shostakovich Cello Concerto No 1 and in 2017, Ksenjia Laskova will be performing Dorothy Howell's Piano Concerto. The Sinfonia then become the orchestra for the opera in Term 3.
Our policy of promoting twentieth-century and contemporary music has entailed many premières of works by living composers such as Nicola Lefanu, Giles Swayne, Edwin Roxburgh, Edward Gregson and Sadie Harrison.
The Chamber Choir is an auditioning ensemble which performs at the Goldsmiths Christmas Concert and other events during the year. Recent events included the launch event for the new OUP volume Russian Sacred Music for Choirs (ed. Noëlle Mann) and at the Ivashkin Memorial Concert, conducted by Mark Shanahan at the Royal Festival Hall.
Chamber Music Ensembles
We support a variety of ensembles, and some are integrated with our degree programmes. Students are encouraged to form their own ensembles. Ensembles are welcome to book rehearsal spaces. We provide an extensive collection of chamber music parts and vocal scores, and it is often possible to hire or buy requested other works. Currently student-led ensembles include a new music collective and a flute quartet.
Contemporary Music Ensemble
An auditioning group that gives two concerts each year. It has given a number of first performances and has a wide stylistic base, including works by Fitkin, Zappa, Ligeti, Berio, Cardew, Reich, Monk, Riley, Feldman, Andriessen and Bryars.
Composers' Forum is an opportunity for all students to have their own compositions performed by their fellow students in a formal setting.
Creative Jazz Ensemble
Directed by saxophonist and arranger Paul Bartholomew, the CJE explores material both familiar and unexpected as a basis for improvisation and experience of the eclectic repertoire available to the Jazz musician. Student arrangements and creative ideas are included wherever possible.
Electronic Music Studios
EMS concerts provide opportunities for students to have studio-based work performed, including work involving performers. We also support the Interlace concert series, organised by Sebastian Lexer and Contingent Events, organised by Tom Mudd. Computers as instruments? The Laptop Ensemble writes its own software for live performance, and works together (just like any other musical ensemble) to create experimental, original and technically ambitious music.
Goldsmiths Keyboard Collective
This auditioned ensemble performs contemporary works for two or more keyboards, with a focus on minimalist repertoire. The GKC gives concerts throughout the year, including at the PureGold Festival.
Lunchtime & Evening recitals
Curated by and featuring students from the Department of Music, this regular open mic night has tunes from solo sets of singer/songwriters to bands. In addition to offering a phenomenal viewing spectacle, in true Goldsmiths tradition there are often additional slots available if you wish to take part.
This group focuses on performance as a creative form, drawing from urban, dance, avant-garde and jazz repertoire. Players are encouraged to write and arrange for the collective, the line up is flexible and encourages experimentation, improvisation and the use of new technologies.
The vocal ensemble sings gospel, jazz, and popular repertoire. The GVE performs outside the university, including performances at the Barbican, Royal Festival Hall and Glastonbury Festival (with the Matthew Herbert Big Band), h2dance, Robert Mitchell’s Panacea at the London Jazz Festival and with the Goldsmiths [big] String and with Mercury Prize Nomimated artist ESKA, on her English Skies project at London’s Southbank Centre.