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Community Choir

The University of Southampton Voices (USV) is the University’s community choir and is directed by Harvey Brough, Turner Sims Professor of Music and Associate Professor in Music. The choir is open to all - staff, students and the wider public. There is no audition and we welcome experienced and inexperienced singers.

About the choir

USV formed in September 2012 and perform two concerts a year. We have done a number of innovative performances at prestigious venues including the Turner Sims Concert Hall and St Michael’s Church, Southampton’s oldest building still in use. The choir have also performed for the University Council.

The concerts have featured contemporary music, pieces composed by Harvey and classical works. Works performed include Songs of Spanish Exile (composed by the internationally acclaimed folk and world singer songwriter, Clara Sanabras), The Year of the Jubilee: The Story of the Fisk Jubilee Singers (composed by Harvey with lyrics by the playwright Justin Butcher) and Vivaldi’s Gloria as part of a concert called A Particulare Care, a programme of music concerned with orphans.

Music on the Mind

In December 2016, the choir performed Music on the Mind to a packed audience at the Turner Sims Concert Hall. This piece was composed by Harvey with a libretto by Justin Butcher and is a musical exploration of mental health, with songs of mania, madness and melancholy. It includes a new choral setting of Kay Redfield Jamison’s ground-breaking memoir, An Unquiet Mind. The concert also featured the Mind and Soul choir, renowned soloists Clara Sanabras (mezzo soprano and ukulele) and Nicholas Garrett (baritone) and the world famous Britten Sinfonia. The concert successfully raised money to increase awareness of mental health issues.

Sing with us

We rehearse Wednesday lunchtimes during term time, usually at the Turner Sims. We work with sheet music but also from audio recordings so you can learn the music by ear if you are not confident with reading music

There is no subscription fee – all sessions are free - but there is usually a charge for the music score which you will get to keep. If you enjoy singing and would like to try some different choral repertoire or if you would like to try singing in a choir but are worried as you can’t read music, do sing with us!

You can find out more about some of our choir members’ experiences by checking out the Soundings blog.



That first rehearsal (and all of the rehearsals that followed) was fantastic. I found Harvey Brough‘s enthusiasm infectious.

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