Concerts, Competitions & Productions

The academic year is packed with a wonderful variety of concerts, competitions and productions that suits every taste and talent.

The academic year is barely underway when each house begins to focus on the House Music Competition, held in October and one of the most fiercely contested events in the college calendar. There are two separate events, the House Instrumental Competition and House Singing Competition, which carry equal weighting. For the Instrumental Competition, each house puts forward a three of their strongest soloists to represent them in the various instrumental categories, they also prepare an acoustic ensemble item. In the House Singing Competition, each house chooses a unison song, involving every member of the house, as well as a part song for any number of singers.  Both competitions are judge by invited professional musicians.

The main Michaelmas Term concert in November is a celebration of the work of the Crescendo Orchestra in collaboration with the Welsh Sinfonia.  Now entering the fourth year of this partnership, Christ College orchestral players are given the opportunity to rehearse and perform alongside professional musicians in a concert given in Y Neuadd Goffa: The Memorial Hall.  In the Lent term concert there is a focus on the work of the visiting instrumental teachers, with all of the ensembles that rehearse weekly throughout the year taking part. 

Two externally sponsored competitions take place in the Lent term; the Instrumentalist of the Year Competition, sponsored by Old Breconian and the Singer of the Year Competition, sponsored by Lloyds Bank, are invitational events open to musicians of all ages who have reached a high level of proficiency on their instrument.

In March or April, the Choral Society Concert brings together amateur and professional musicians in a performance of a large-scale work in an external venue. In recent years they have combined with other college choirs, as well as the Brecon Singers (the town choral society, conducted by the Director of Music at Christ College), to perform works such as Carmina Burana by Carl Orff (April 2012) and Verdi’s Requiem (April 2013) and Haydn's Nelson Mass  (2014).   A performance of Mozart's Vesperae Solennes de confessore K339 was performed on  March 2015 in Brecon Cathedral.

Music and Drama departments and have worked closely together to produce a long line of stage musical productions. Almost a third of the college community came together in December 2013 to perform Les Misérables (School Edition) in the new Creative Arts Centre, Y Neuadd Goffa and this was followed by Grease in December 2015. In the Summer term each year there is a junior production for Alway House members (Years 7 and 8), which has often been a musical. Bugsy was performed in June 2014 and The Lion King (Jnr)  in June 2015, and Annie (Jnr)  in June 2016. 

In addition to these special events, the Music department organises a fortnightly series of 'Open Mic' concerts, which are designed to provide soloists and ensembles with an informal setting in which to hone their performance and presentation skills. Musicians preparing for ABRSM or Trinity examinations, auditions, competitions, GCSEs and A levels often find these sessions invaluable. Open Mic events take place in the Phillips Drama Studio in Y  Y Neuadd Goffa: The Memorial Hall at 5:15pm on several Mondays each term.