Music, arts and culture
Music, theatre and art are an important part of life at the University of Exeter, and there are plenty of opportunities to see plays, films, exhibitions, musicals and concerts - from pop to classical - and to participate via a wide range of related student societies.
The University's range of artistic and cultural assets in Exeter include:
- Exeter Northcott Theatre
- Great Hall
- Bill Douglas Cinema Museum
- Sculpture Trail
- Visual Arts Collection with work by Bridget Riley, Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Kurt Jackson, Neil Canning and Alan Cotton.
For details of events and artworks visit our Arts and Culture website.
The University has a very lively music scene and hosts many gigs as well as classical concerts. An introduction to all the music at Exeter is provided in Music Week, an optional residential week before Freshers’ Week in September.
The Great Hall is the main live music venue on campus and has recently seen acts such as Tinchy Stryder, Newton Faulkner, Professor Green and Kaiser Chiefs play. The Lemon Grove also hosts live music as well as regular club nights. Every Saturday over 1,200 students descend on the Lemon Grove for the ‘Lemmy’ club night and there are always a range of events organised by student-led societies to get involved with, including club nights and pub socials in the city centre. For more information please visit the Student's Guild Exeter Box Office.
There’s no better example of the vibrant campus music scene than Semi-Toned, the all-male student choir who are at the forefront of a cappella in the UK, having won the BBC2 competition The Choir: Gareth’s Best in Britain in December 2016.
There are many opportunities to take part in music or continue musical tuition: our Music Learning Programme, gives musical enthusiasts the opportunity to continue taking individual lessons in return for actively contributing to student music at Exeter.
Student music societies
There are many student music societies at Exeter including bands and DJs, two orchestras, a concert band, jazz orchestra and a wide variety of choirs. Folk music, dance societies, bell-ringing and a clarinet choir complete the current list, with new societies and small ensembles forming every year. An introduction to all the music at Exeter is provided in Music Week, an optional residential week before Freshers’ Week in September. For further information please see our Music website.
Music learning programme
The Music Learning Programme is open to all kinds of musicians, composers and sound engineers, not just those from the classical tradition. The programme enables students to continue taking individual lessons in their chosen discipline in return for an active involvement in contributing to student music at Exeter.
The Streatham Campus is home to the Exeter Northcott Theatre, the city’s professional theatre. The theatre hosts touring companies and amateur productions including ones from the University’s Footlights, Exeter Theatre Company and the Gilbert and Sullivan Society. Details can be found on the Northcott's website. If you enjoy performing yourself or have always wanted the opportunity to act or get involved with set or costume design, there are student societies waiting to hear from you.
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Films, performance and comedy
The Academy of Music and Theatre Arts (AMATA) on campus provides purpose-built facilities for student and visiting performers and there’s also a cinema on campus in the Media Centre. Falmouth has the five-screen Phoenix Cinema, along with The Poly, which offers film, theatre and other events. A visit to the cliff-edge theatre, the Minack, is a must, while the internationally-renowned KneeHigh Theatre offer groundbreaking shows unique to Cornwall. Finally, Truro’s Hall for Cornwall hosts national music, comedy, dance and theatre tours.
The Stannary, with a 1,300 capacity, is the social hub of the campus and is fast becoming one of Cornwall’s best venues, with gigs, comedy and a weekly club night. As its status grows, so does the profile of the acts performing, which have included Chase and Status, Annie Mac and Wretch 32. Open mic and film nights also run regularly and local and student bands frequently get the chance to entertain. The Stannary also plays host to a range of FXU events such as a Freshers’ Ball, Snow Ball and end of year Garden Party.
In addition to the on-campus venue, The Stannary, the Eden Project near St Austell hosts the Eden Sessions, while Princess Pavilion in Falmouth hosts nationally-known and local musicians. The many bars and pubs around the town also feature live music.
There are plenty of ways to get involved in music. Local groups include the Tremough Singers; the Tremough Follies; Viva Voce; and The Chorus. FXU can provide lots of information on community-based music and performance groups.
The Woodlane Bar, part of Falmouth University, is available to University of Exeter students too, and provides a great alternative within Falmouth itself. For more information please visit the What’s On section of the FXU Students’ Union website.
The nearby town of Falmouth is a good place to start. For art lovers if offers many galleries and studios. Further afield, the renowned Tate Modern in St Ives displays contemporary art, with additional galleries found in Penzance and Newlyn.