There are many opportunities for students, staff and members of the local community to participate in groups and ensembles. Entry to some is by audition, where places are limited by the nature of the ensemble (e.g. University Symphony Orchestra and University Chapel Choir), whereas others are open to all without audition (e.g. University Choral Society). Some require previous experience of playing an instrument e.g. University Concert Band.

Ensembles are run and conducted by Staff Members, PhD Students and Visiting Professionals giving all the players a positive experience of ensemble playing.