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OU 40th anniversary concert June 2009, with Milton Keynes City Orchestra, conductor Sian Edwards
The Open University Choir, directed by Bill Strang, is a work-place choir with approximately 70 members, drawn largely from Open University staff and students, but also including singers from the local community. The choir rehearses and performs at lunchtimes at the Open University Campus, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, presenting three main concerts each year. The choir has a reputation for performing a varied repertoire, and includes drawing on research done by members of the Music Department and commissioning and encouraging new work as particular features of its activities.

Concerts

Our concerts at the Open University are free and open to all - OU staff, students or members of the public. If you want to be added to our concert mailing list (post or email), see Contact us

The OU Choir gave its first lunchtime concert in 1979. An unbroken run of three termly programmes a year means that June 2012 marked our 100th termly concert. Details of all the concerts the choir has given during these years can be downloaded here: OU Choir concert record. Further details of our recent concerts can be found at Previous concerts.

Forthcoming concerts

Thursday 4 July 2019

John Byron: Ritual Spells

This substantial work for soprano, chorus and orchestra was commissioned by the OU Choir in 1994 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Open University and its premiere was performed by the Choir on 28 April 1994. The work is a setting by local composer John Byron of four poems by Richard Gaskell which trace the cycle of the seasons. The OU Choir has been at the forefront of practical music-making on the Milton Keynes campus for many years and is proud in this concert to mark its own anniversary in 2019 of 40 years presenting concerts at the Open University.

1pm - 2pm, Hub Theatre, The Open University, Walton Hall MK7 6AA

Admission free by ticket only. More information about the programme and how to book tickets will be made available here in due course.

Other music-making at the OU

There are a number of other OU music groups presenting concerts at Milton Keynes campus. See Music at the OU