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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.


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 23 November 2017

Only a few tickets left for this  concert 

Choral première: A different kind of urban

Music by Liz Lane, lyrics by Judi Moore

Conductor Bill Strang

The Open University Choir gives the world première of A different kind of urban, the piece it has commissioned for Milton Keynes’ 50th birthday. MK author Judi Moore’s lyrics celebrate the new town, its history, geography, diversity and culture. Her text is set to music by composer and Open University Associate Lecturer in Music Liz Lane, whose Antiphonary for brass and percussion is also included in the concert.

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

Admission to the concert is free but booking of tickets is required. More information about the concert and how to book tickets is available here at A different kind of urban

Saturday 24 March 2018

Music for Holy Week

including Malcolm Williamson: Procession of Palms; Heinrich Schutz: St John Passion and Edward Elgar: Give unto the Lord

Conductor Dennis Pim

7.30pm, St Barnabas Church, Linsdale, Leighton Buzzard

Further details of programme and ticketing arrangements will follow.

Thursday 28 June 2018

Vivaldi: Gloria

Conductor Bill Strang

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

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