At public concerts the Choir presents a programme of music that is intended to be attractive to audiences but may also introduce them to something a little more unusual, ideally, something unknown to them. Hence, the Choir often performs a well-loved ‘classic’ such as Vivaldi’s Gloria or Fauré’s Requiem, but presents it alongside a contemporary work that will be new to the audience. The artistic team that manages the Choir feels it is important to perform in a range of settings and to reach out to a wider audience. In recent years the Choir has performed in Londonderry, Belfast, Enniskillen, Coleraine, Sligo, Dublin, London, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
The Ulster University Choir plays a significant role in the community that extends across the North West region of the island. The group regularly contributes to charity fund-raising; BBC Children in Need, The Samaritans, Action Cancer, Hands that Talk, Macmillan Cancer Support, St Vincent de Paul Society/The Salvation Army Christmas Toys Appeal and Foyle Hospice are some of the organisations that have been helped through the Choir’s carol singing and charity concerts.
The Choir has been the focus of numerous T.V. and Radio broadcasts. In 2013, to mark Derry/Londonderry UK City of Culture 2013, the Ulster University Chamber Choir was featured on BBC Songs of Praise and UTV’s Lesser Spotted Culture. In 2014, as part of a the Sing Out series on BBC Radio Ulster, John Anderson presented a feature on the Choir’s Spring Season of concerts and recorded for broadcast performances from the last concert in that series. The Ulster University Choir has also featured regularly on Highland Radio and BBC Radio Foyle.
It is testament to standard of choral excellence to which the Choir aspires that the group has been afforded, on a regular basis, the opportunity/invitation to perform with some of the UK’s leading professional and semi-professional organizations. The Choir has collaborated with the highly acclaimed semi-professional St Andrews Symphony Orchestra and the University of Aberdeen Chamber Choir (whose director, Paul Mealor, was commissioned to write music for the Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, now TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge) and the professional orchestras The London Southbank Sinfonia and the Ulster Orchestra. The Choir has performed in some of the most prestigious ecclesiastical settings (all major cathedrals and churches) across the island of Ireland as well as in all major art venues, including The Millennium Forum, Derry, The Ulster Hall, Belfast, The Waterfront Hall, Belfast and the Odyssey Arena, Belfast. The Choir has also performed at Parliament Buildings, Stormont and at the Scottish Parliament Buildings, Edinburgh.
In 2012, the Ulster University Choir performed at a welcome ceremony for the State Visit to Northern Ireland of State Councilor of China, Liu Yandong; the event was attended by the First Minister and Deputy First Minister of Northern Ireland. The Choir has also performed for President Bill Clinton on his 2014 visit to Derry/Londonderry.