Hello! We are the Barts and the London Music Society.
BL Music welcomes students of all musical ability and caters to the interests of everyone. We have music groups including a choir, an a capella group, a chamber orchestra, and a house band; we play music from a range of genres such as pop, jazz, blues, musical, classical and film scores. We also have a well-equipped music room that can be used for band practices.
We hold weekly rehearsals for each group, practicing to perform in the 3 concerts we hold each year: Fresher's concert, Christmas Carols, and Barts Arts.
- Chorda Equina (a capella): Monday 6 - 8 pm
- Choir: Tuesday 7 - 9 pm
- Orchestra: Thursday 7 - 9 pm
- House band: Anytime. Anyplace. Stay vigilant. (No fixed time, email Caitlin Gordon if interested in joining)
In addition to concerts, House Band also hosts Open Mic Nights at the Griff Inn. This is where you can perform whatever song you wish, or simply enjoy what's being performed. If you're interested in performing music, it's a great opportunity to get started! We can also provide backing musicians if needed. For any questions, please contact Harry Williams.
Although we meet regularly, we also have socials for you to meet people with similar interests. Check out our Facebook page and JOIN US!
The cost of each subscription is £10. This allows you to:
- Join any of the subgroups within the Music Society, as many as you like.
- Perform at any of our events, including concerts and Open Mic Nights at the Griff Inn.
- Request for bookings of the Music Room and the Grand Piano in the Old Library. Note that this is subject to availability. We reserve the right to modify bookings at any given time. The booking form can be found here.
If you're keen to join us, please remember to buy subs! We would not be able to run the society without your help.
Further information on our Booking Policy can be found here.
About Our Groups
Chorda Equina (A Capella)
Named in homage of our medical interests, Chorda Equina is Barts’ a cappella group. Our weekly rehearsals centre around a fun-filled atmosphere where we welcome all levels and abilities. We pride ourselves on our tradition of students writing, teaching and running our sessions since it gives us the opportunity to provide an inclusive and tailored experience. Our repertoire centres around popular songs – ranging from Price Tag (Jessie J) to Ain’t It Fun (Paramore) to Hurt Somebody (Noah Kahan). We can’t wait to see you for biscuits and a sing-along!
Barts and The London Choir has been formed for many years and continues to go from strength to strength, performing a varied repertoire at such concerts as William Harvey Day and the Barts Guild Christmas fundraiser, and of course, those organised by the fantastic wider BL Music society. Singing is a wonderful way to deal with the pressures of university life, and our weekly baking rota also goes down well!
The Barts and the London Orchestra is a professionally conducted group where students and faculty perform exciting repertoire at 3 concerts throughout the year. The BL Orchestra’s recent growth in the past few years is a culmination of the hard work, dedication, and passion of a number of extremely talented musicians. This has not only allowed the orchestra to evolve it’s own unique playing style but also to tackle more challenging pieces of work. This past year was one of the orchestra’s finest featuring diverse repertoire that included John Williams’ Jurassic Park, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and “Jupiter” from Holst’s demanding work, “The Planets”. With such a successful year behind us, we look forward to welcoming more musicians into our ever-growing family and strive to make the next year our best ever yet.
House Band is a small collection of musicians who love to play jazz, funk, pop and various other genres. There’s plenty of space in the group to be independent, as well as many opportunities to practice making music on a tight schedule. Improvisation is also explored, with chances to practice making music on the spot. We provide musical services throughout the medical school and beyond, including playing at concerts and open mic nights, as well as being the backbone of the band for the annual musical. Unlike many other groups in BL Music, there are no weekly rehearsals; we just get together to prepare for upcoming gigs, or just to jam and have fun!