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Department of Music

Ensembles and Events

The music department at Liverpool Hope is dedicated to enhancing its students’ musical experiences through both a challenging and diverse academic life and extra-curricular performance opportunities. The broad range of performance opportunities on offer ranges from open-mic nights to the Liverpool Hope Choir and Orchestra. Alongside student performances, the music department invites a range of international performing artists to perform throughout the year and as part of Liverpool Hope University’s annual Cornerstone Arts Festival.

Students and staff from all disciplines are invited to participate in the wide range of musical activities on offer. There are groups catering for all abilities – if you think you might enjoy performing, why not come along and see how you get on? (please contact for more information).



Liverpool Hope Choir

Liverpool Hope Choir

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 16:00-17:45 at the Creative Campus (Grace Room, COR114)

Liverpool Hope Choir is open to all without audition. It provides opportunities for singers of varying abilities and experience to perform large-scale choral works to a high standard. The choir is a recommended requirement for all first-year music students (unless they are a member of Liverpool Hope Orchestra). 

Contact: David Walters:


Liverpool Hope Orchestra

Rehearsals: Wednesdays, 10.00-11.00 at the Creative Campus (CAP004)

Led by Dr. Alberto Sanna, Liverpool Hope Orchestra workshops a broad variety of repertoire on a weekly basis. Concentrating on works for large ensembles, including film music and early and contemporary classical works, these workshop sessions aim to develop sight-reading and ensemble performance skills, including playing without a conductor.  The Orchestra also has the opportunity to perform in concerts alongside members of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and with the university choirs. Open to all without audition, the orchestra is compulsory for all first-year students, scholarship and bursary holders who play a melodic instrument.

Contact: Dr Alberto Sanna:


 Chamber Choir

Chamber Choir

Rehearsals: Wednesday, 14:00-16:00 at the Creative Campus (Grace Room, COR114)

Chamber Choir is the University’s flagship choral group of around 30 voices. If you are interested in joining, please contact David Walters. Some experience of choral singing and music-reading ability is preferred but not essential. Informal auditions will be held for those who are interested in joining if the choir is oversubscribed. Chamber Choir generally sings at important University events and represents the University at the annual Cathedrals Group Choirs Festivals.

Contact: David Walters,


 Voices of Hope 2

Voices of Hope

Voices of Hope was established six years ago by Evgenia Petrenko and is currently directed by Professor Stephen Pratt. The group normally performs as a sextet, one voice to a part. The group explores repertoire including English and Italian Madrigals, popular arrangements and traditional music. Anyone with a good quality voice and some experience in ensemble singing and sight-reading is welcome to get in touch about becoming involved in this project. Under Professor Pratt’s direction, the Voices of Hope have performed at numerous University functions (including Graduations), represented the University at the House of Lords, appeared on Bay TV, made a CD, and undertaken two tours of SW France.

Contact: Prof Stephen Pratt, 


 Liverpool Hope Concert Band

University Concert Band

Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 18:30-20:30 at Hope Park (Eden 122)

Directed by Dr. Anne James and student conductors, the Hope University Concert Band performs a wide range of music from the traditional wind band repertoire to more contemporary compositions and arrangements of popular pieces. Players are drawn from across the University as well as from the local community and other Universities. All brass and woodwind players of grade 5 standard and above are welcome, and there are also some places available for percussionists.



What next?

The University also welcomes ideas about student-led ensembles. In the past students have come together to perform in string quartets, wind quintets, jazz ensembles and in the form of Liverpool Hope University Girls’ Choir. If you have any ideas about ensembles you would like to create please contact the departmental administrator Richard Lawrence (



Cornerstone Arts Festival

Established in 2001 under the directorship of Professor Stephen Pratt, the Cornerstone Arts Festival is an annual celebration of the work done at Liverpool Hope University’s beautiful Creative Campus in the fields of music, dance, drama, fine arts and design. Bringing together international artists, students, staff, visiting academics and performers, the Festival explores the relevance of the creative and performing arts in contemporary society. Through an intense programme of performances, lectures and workshops, the Festival encourages new talent and gives students the opportunity to perform alongside and to engage with international performing artists and academics. Over its sixteen-year history, the Festival has enjoyed a wealth of contributions from artists and partners such as Joanna MacGregor, the Limon Dance Company from New York, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Milapfest, the European Opera Centre, Company Chameleon and Holly Baxter, regular contributor to the Guardian. The Cornerstone Arts Festival also gives staff the opportunity to exhibit their research activity, as was the case with Professor Simon Piasecki’s recent performance of Flight to Arras and, current Artist Director, Dr. Alberto Sanna’s work with Italian and Indian ensembles Gli Archi del Cherubino and Tarang.

The Cornerstone Arts Festival 2018 will take place from Monday 5 to Saturday 10 March 2018.