Musical life at St Andrews is active, varied and stimulating. The Music Centre offers the chance for everyone to enjoy making music while providing exceptional opportunities for those with particular expertise as singers or instrumentalists. Its programme of concerts and public events is arguably richer than that provided in any other town this size in the UK, with regular visits from internationally renowned performers including the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, one of the world’s best chamber orchestras, which performs five times a year and gives frequent masterclasses and workshops. The University also offers excellent musical facilities, which will be enhanced still further in 2019 with the opening of a purpose-built new Music Centre.
The Music Centre’s leading ensembles, which include St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, Byre Opera and the St Andrews Chamber Orchestra, regularly perform to the highest standards both locally and across the UK, and the Chapel Choir additionally undertakes overseas tours and records on its recently launched label, Sanctiandree. The Music Centre is open to everyone, from absolute beginners to experienced musicians, whether they want to take lessons, play in groups, practise or just come and listen. In addition, the University offers undergraduate modules in both performance and historical/theoretical aspects of music for those who wish to make music part of their degree.