The Cosmo Singers is an auditioned mixed-voice choir connected with the University of Manchester Chorus. It was established in 2010 to provide an opportunity for Manchester University’s singers to perform a wide range of repertoire at a high standard. It also provides an opportunity for young conductors in MUMS (Manchester University Music Society) to develop their directing skills, and is entirely student-run.
The Cosmo Singers frequently perform alongside the Chorus in concerts, as well as holding their own recitals. Recent repertoire has included Benjamin Britten’s ‘Ceremony of Carols’ and ‘Hymn to St. Cecilia’, James MacMillan’s ‘Strathclyde Motets’, Henry Purcell’s ‘Funeral Sentences for the Death of Queen Mary’, Arvo Pärt’s ‘Adam’s Lament,’ J. S. Bach’s Motet ‘Christen, ätzet diesen Tag’ (BWV 63) and a selection of Sergei Rachmaninov’s ‘Vespers.‘
This year the Cosmo Singers have continued to rehearse via Zoom and have released a recordings of Brahms’s ‘Verlorene Jungend‘ and Bruckner’s ‘Os Justi’.
We are working very hard to adapt both our chamber choirs to fit with the latest COVID-19 guidelines. We are keen to get live rehearsals going as quickly as possible – hopefully by the end of October. Until then, we will be rehearsing virtually or even outside (weather depending). Please follow us on social media for regular updates as circumstances and regulations change.
Returning members will not have to re-audition. We will be flexible and open to people who wish to audition again or to those who did not get the opportunity to audition last year. Students who wish to audition for the first time will do so by sending a video recording of a song to: email@example.com by Friday the 16th of October. Following your submission, we will invite you to have an informal chat and a brief sight-reading exercise over Zoom. This audition will be applicable for Ad Solem as well as Cosmo.
Please don’t hesitate to contact either: firstname.lastname@example.org or: email@example.com if you have any questions or queries.