University Choir

Our free choir is perfect for anyone who enjoys singing with others or would like to have a go at singing in a choir for the first time.

The Choir is open to Loughborough University students, staff and members of the public aged 16+. In addition to weekly practices the Choir gives two or three public performances a year, including their Christmas and Spring concerts.

New members are welcome at any time – there are no auditions and no previous experience is necessary; you do not have to be able to read music. If you would like to join, simply turn up to one of the weekly practices or email luarts@lboro.ac.uk for more information.

***UPDATE JANUARY 2021***

Due to the restrictions which remain in place it is not possible for the University Choir to meet in person. Since March 2020 the Choir has been meeting virtually and working on projects such as their YouTube premiere of their performance of Handel's Messiah in December 2020. 

During the spring term 2021, the University Choir is meeting via Zoom weekly on Mondays at 7pm to study various choral classics, including Schubert’s Mass in G and shorter pieces by Haydn, Mozart, Franck, and Fauré.  Loughborough University students and staff are very welcome to join in – please email lborounichoir@gmail.com for details.

The choir is conducted by Eleanor Graff-Baker. Eleanor read Music at The Queen’s College, Oxford, where she was a Choral Bursar and a member of Schola Cantorum. She is an Associate of the Royal College of Music. Her career has combined performance as a violinist and singer with composition and musical direction.

The choir’s accompanist is Eleonora Babitsky, who studied at the Gnessin Music Institute in Moscow. She was a regular performer with the Soviet State Philharmonic Society, specialising in chamber music; and for five years was an accompanist for Soviet Radio. For many years she was an accompanist for Moscow Chamber Choir conducted by Vladimir Minin. She has also worked for Hochshule fuer Musik in Munich; and is much in demand as an accompanist for string players, having played for Igor Oistrakh, Daniel Sahfran, Vladimir Spivakov, Igor Ozim, Vadim Repin and many other musicians across Europe.