A Christmas Carol


Bangor University Music Society is getting into the Christmas spirit and gearing up for its annual Christmas concert. Showcasing the musical talents of Bangor’s students from a variety of courses, such concerts are always great successes; with an eclectic programme of classical, film, pop and Christmas music, the concert on December 10th is set to be no exception.

Taking the reins of orchestral director this year, Rob Thompson has selected a variety of music, including the theme tune from Gladiators and Bizet’s Carmen Suite no. 1. “The orchestra has taken really well to some challenging repertoire and a variety of genres”, says Rob, “there has been a fantastic improvement across the semester and it is shaping up to be a great concert. I’m especially looking forward to the orchestra teaming up with the choir and baritone soloist Rob King for Vaughan Williams’ Fantasia on Christmas Carols.”

This year, Phil Gietzen leads the MuSoc choir. He has selected a fun and varied programme, including ‘Bear Necessities’, Billy Joel’s hit ‘Lullaby (Goodnight My Angel)’ and the Christmas classic, ‘Fairytale of New York’ by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl. “We have been working hard this semester and have really come along way. It’s great to see so many people enjoying singing together”, he says. “A particular highlight has been working on ‘Fairytale of New York’. If you are coming to the concert expect lots of variety, including your favourite Christmas carols!”

Speaking of MuSoc as a whole, Chair Collette Astley-Jones says “MuSoc is open to everyone with any interest in music, whether it’s singing or playing in an orchestra, everybody’s welcome regardless of ability! On top of that, people with a passion for music studying different courses get the opportunity to perform in a laid-back and fun atmosphere”. She continues, “Every member puts a lot of effort in and each year the concerts get better and better. This one is going to be amazing!”

Tickets are just £3 for students and children and £5 for adults, so there’s no excuse!  Come along to Prichard-Jones hall for a night of fantastic music!

For those who are interested in joining MuSoc in semester 2, membership for the semester is only £5. All are welcome, and we hope to see you there!


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