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Ensemble in Residence

This is a prestigious and exciting appointment with many high-profile opportunities to perform and represent the University throughout the year.


The Ensemble in Residence competition 2017 is now closed.


Applications to become the Ensemble in Residence 2018/19 will open in April 2018.

Please use the links in the menu to find out more information about this fantastic opportuninty. If you have any further questions, please email


Past engagements include:


- House of Lords Alumni ReceptionP5 Choral Gala

- Alumni and Donor events at the Royal Academy

- Open Days

- Chancellors Awards Reception

- Functions at the Vice-Chancellor's House

- University of Reading Choral Gala


In return, the ensemble will receive £2,000 to support their development. This can be spent on items including music, equipment, clothing and photography. A proportion of the fund will be spent on ensemble coaching.

Applications are invited from existing ensembles as well as from newly-formed groups. They can be instrumental, vocal, or a combination of the two. Ensembles can consist of undergraduates, post-graduate students, and recent graduates with a maximum of six members.

Current and previous ensembles include:

Connect4 - 2017/18 - String quartet

421 - 2016/17 - Saxophone trio

Perfect Fifth - 2015/16 - A Cappella quintet

Formation - 2014/15 - Jazz sextet

The Belle Bows - 2013/14 - String quartet

See our Past Winners page for more information about each ensemble.


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