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We are the Warwick Chinese Orchestra Society (WCOS). Here you will find a group of student musicians who are passionate about promoting traditional Chinese music to the wider student community. We have been doing this since 2011. Our aim is to build a bridge between Chinese and western music and culture through orchestral and solo performances.
Over the years, we have done various performances including World Music Concert, ChiSoc charity ball, CDS Summit and Warwick Blackout event. We have also held several annual concerts of our own, including free lunchtime concert and solo concert. We aim to host music workshops throughout the year to introduce students to the world of traditional Chinese music and a chance to learn how to play an instrument for those who are interested.
With various types of events, we hope to bring people together from all backgrounds through music!
You don’t have to be a musician to join us! We welcome anyone who has a passion for Chinese traditional music. Plus, it is free to become a member of this amazing society!
Orchestra rehearsal is every Monday from 17:00 to 19:00 in the Art Centre Ensemble room (this may vary year on year, please check with society execs for exact rehearsal details).
Members can access practice room 1 and any other practice rooms to rehearse in their own time. Also, we own instruments which can be accessed and used by members for general practice and rehearsal or for specific performances. To find which instruments are available, please contact us via our social media platforms provided below.
Each year we hold several concerts, including collaborations with other societies and the Warwick Music Center. In term one we usually have a free Lunchtime concert in which our players will perform pieces from an array of genres and styles of music. We also perform in the annual New Year Gala organized by ChiSoc, which takes place around Chinese New Year. In term two, we usually perform in the World Music Extravaganza, hosted by Warwick Music Centre, in collaboration with other musical orchestras, bands and performers to showcase music from across the world. In term three we host a solo concert in which our players can present the unique beauty of their instrument to the audience.
Some of our concerts are subject to change on an annual basis, but you can keep up to date with the latest information about them via our social media.
( Due to COVID-19, there are uncertainties whether we will be able to bring you the in-person concerts, but we are currently working hard on hosting them online or to be replaced by new online events)
Performance during ChiSoc New Year Gala
Performance during World Music Extravaganza at the Warwick Art Centre
Performance during Warwick Blackout Event hosted by the Warwick Blackout Society
These are sessions in which you can learn about the beauty of the Chinese traditional instruments, their history, how they are played and have the chance to have a hands-on experience of learning how to play each instrument! We will keep you posted about any upcoming workshops around the year. ( Due to COVID-19, we have decided to host this during the spring term in 2021 rather than in the autumn term of 2020)
This is held at the beginning of term 1 after our Welcome Talk. Details of which is listed below and also accessible via Wechat, Facebook and Instagram.
Don’t worry, it is very relaxed and not strict ~
The audition takes place in two steps. Firstly, you need to send a video of you performing a piece of your choice to our gmail, firstname.lastname@example.org. Then we will contact you for an online interview with a few of our execs, just to get to know each other a bit better. Whether you will be asked to sight-read an extract from a piece during the session or not will be finalised closer to the interview time and we will keep you updated via messages in the wechat group.
This is the updated audtion process to accommodate COVID-19 measures. In previous years, the audition was in-person and during which, you would be asked to play a piece you have prepared and to sight-read an extract from a piece our orchestra previous played.
It is very easy to become an active part of this society! As part of the application form we send out to all members, you can apply to the following roles by sending us your manifesto:
The criteria for each role will be shared via wechat, Facebook and Instagram. It is not necessary to have done relevant roles in the past to apply! You can pick up the skills really easily and will be a definite booster for our 2021 exec election!
As a member, you will be the first to hear about our new online and in-person events! We will also be sending bonus contents to our wechat public account “ WCOS” . We are also hoping to launch a new mentor scheme, which is to offer music lessons to members who wish to learn a new instrument or to enhance their existing skills!
If things are looking merrier in term 2, we may be able to have this scheme up and running!
30th September 2020 10:00 - 17:00 LDN time (UTC+1)
Our execs will be available throughout the day, you are likely to find two of us on at any given time. We are a lovely bunch, so feel free to ask us any questions on the society!
Our current rota:
10:00 - 11:00 - all of our 6 execs will be present!
11:00 - 14:00 - our Secretary, Treasurer and Marketing Director will be present!
14:00 - 17:00 - our President, Media Director and Music Director will be present!
President: Fu Ge Yang
Secretary: Olivia Zhao
Treasurer: Christine Jia
Marketing Director: Yike Wu
Media Director: Alice Wang
Music Director: Eva Liu
You can find more about our lovely execs via our social media platforms or via our events! Why not come and chat with us during Society Fair!
Facebook: warwickcos (https://www.facebook.com/warwickcos/)
Wechat: WCOS (public account) & group chats ( see QR code shared across our platforms)
Instagram: warwick_chineseorchestra (https://www.instagram.com/warwick_chineseorchestra/?hl=en)
Current students should purchase the Chinese Orchestra Standard Membership below.