WHAT IS ST ANDREWS MADRIGAL GROUP?
Madrigal Group is a student-led choir at the University of St Andrews, which was founded in 1946. Since then, the group has expanded beyond singing just madrigals, and now covers a wide range of choral works. The choir embarks on two tours each year, as well as holding many concerts in St Andrews throughout the academic year.
WHEN ARE AUDITIONS?
The committee holds auditions during Orientation Week each academic year, and usually, there is at least one spot available for each voice part. Details about sign-ups will be available in late August.
WHAT STANDARD OF SINGING DO I NEED?
The singing standard of our members is high, and we expect singers to be able to read music and to be able to sight-read well. Most of our members have previous choral experience; however, we welcome all abilities to audition.
WHY SHOULD I JOIN MADRIGAL GROUP?
Not only does the group offer a very high standard of choral experience for its members, it also gives members the opportunity to perform to large audiences across the UK and further afield. The choir fully subsidises travel and accommodation for its tours, and also helps to pay for additional costs such as food and drink for its members. Recent international tour destinations include Italy and Czech Republic, whilst the UK tour has included large venues such as St Giles' Cathedral, Edinburgh and Hampton Court Palace.
The group holds many social events for its members too, and all members make friends for life within the group and stay in touch even after graduating. The group also celebrates its large network of alumni, and recently has held multiple alumni weekends.
WHEN DO YOU REHEARSE?
The group rehearses for two hours on Monday evenings during in St Leonard's Chapel, which is located close to the St Andrews Cathedral Ruins.
It is expected that members look through music and practise independently as well, to ensure that rehearsals are as productive as possible.