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Arts and culture
Music, theatre and art are an important part of life at the University of Exeter and the Arts and Culture team provide plenty of opportunities to see plays, films, musicals and concerts, ranging from pop to classical. There are also regular, free history of art and music lectures held throughout the year at lunchtimes on campus for all students and staff.
The University boasts a range of artistic and cultural assets such as the Exeter Northcott Theatre, the Great Hall, the Bill Douglas Centre for the History of Cinema and the sculpture trail. Our Visual Arts Collection includes work by artists such as 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 provides the venues for many gigs as well as hosting classical concerts by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who perform throughout the year at the Streatham Campus. Distinguished chamber groups and soloists also visit regularly. There are also plenty of opportunities to join ensembles, attend concerts, recitals and lectures, and continue instrumental and vocal tuition as well as learn how to conduct.
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.
For students at the Cornwall Campus, the town of Falmouth is central to Cornwall’s thriving creative scene, with many galleries and studios. In addition to the on-campus venue, The Stannary, the Eden Project near St Austell hosts the Eden Sessions, Princess Pavilion hosts nationally-known and local musicians and many bars and pubs around the town also feature live music.
The Performance Centre on campus provides purpose-built facilities for both student use and visiting performers and there’s also a cinema on campus. Falmouth has the five-screen Phoenix Cinema, along with The Poly (previously The Arts Centre) which offers film, theatre and other events. Truro’s Hall for Cornwall hosts national music, comedy, dance and theatre tours and the Students’ Union, FXU, organises regular trips to local theatres. Further afield, whether it’s contemporary art at Tate St Ives, Penzance and Newlyn’s many (large and small) galleries, performances on the cliff-edge at the Minack Theatre or regular – and reliably groundbreaking – shows by Cornwall’s internationally-renowned KneeHigh Theatre, you’ll find a wealth of opportunities to feed your creative side.
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.
In Cornwall, there are also plenty of ways to get involved in music: the Tremough Singers meet and perform regularly and cover a range of genres; the Tremough Follies is a musical theatre group which welcomes students of all abilities, as do the more recently-formed Viva Voce (a chamber choir) and The Chorus (who tackle anything from choir classics to more modern songs). FXU also provides lots of information on hooking up with existing, community-based music and performance groups.
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 University has a very lively music scene and provides the venues for many gigs at both the Streatham and Cornwall campuses (see Entertainment) as well as hosting classical concerts by the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra who perform throughout the year at the Streatham Campus. Distinguished chamber groups and soloists also visit regularly. There are also plenty of opportunities to join ensembles, attend concerts, recitals and lectures, and continue instrumental and vocal tuition as well as learn how to conduct.
Student music societies
There are many student music societies at Exeter including bands and DJs, a Gilbert and Sullivan society, two orchestras, concert band, jazz orchestra and a wide variety of choirs. Folk music, dance societies, bell-ringing, jazz orchestra, flute choir, Korean Pop (K-Pop) and a clarinet choir are also running, with new societies and small ensembles forming every year. An introduction to all the music at Exeter is provided in Music and Orchestra Week, an optional residential week before Freshers Week in September. For further information please see the Music website.
At the Penryn Campus, the music societies include a jazz band, orchestra, string ensemble, flute choir and woodwind ensemble who rehearse regularly and perform at campus events and at venues and events in the local area. There is also a separate Tremough Choir who meet and perform regularly. The choir covers a range of genres including jazz, musical theatre, classical, world, gospel and a cappella (singing unaccompanied) and students of all abilities are welcomed.