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BA (Hons) Music and Cabaret Performance

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Institution C58


Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2021/22 UK fee: £9,250

2021/22 International fee: £14,050

For further details about fees, please see our Tuition Fee page.

For further details about international scholarships, please see our Scholarships page.

Typical Offer (individual offers may vary):

Tariff points: 96 - 112

A Levels: BCC - CCC


International Baccalaureate: 26 points

Interview:  Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability in instrumental and vocal performance in an audition. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer. For more information on this process see below - Audition Details and FAQs.

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5


Course content

This innovative and ground-breaking course combines the rigour of a traditional music degree with preparing instrumentalists for a variety of entertainment contexts, either as solo performers and/or band musicians for theatre pit work, cruise ships, hotels and international holiday resorts. With an emphasis on professional accomplishment in your selected instrumental study, you will be prepared for the specific demands of this rapidly expanding entertainment sector supplemented by joining one or more of our six orchestras and other taught ensembles.

You will have access to playing for full scale production work as well as being guaranteed to take part in fully staged cabaret floor shows as a member of the Cabaret Showband. In addition to developing a Professional Showreel, you will benefit from regular visits and workshops with leading cruise ship booker, Sonic Artists and perform in an industry Showcase in the final year of study.

Working with industry partners TAG (Talent Artistic Group), Sonic Artists and professionals from; the West End, jazz venues, BBC Radio, chart topping recording artists and the most prestigious cruise companies in the world, you will develop the vital skills needed to be competitive in this rapidly expanding entertainment sector.

"Sonic Artists have a wide range of opportunities for musicians and performers in the cruise, leisure and holiday industries ideal for Jazz, Musical Theatre, Songwriting and Cabaret Performance. We are committed to helping the University of Chichester develop this talent and eventually guide them into the job market."  Jon Perry- Director, Sonic Artists

Our facilities

We pride ourselves on the quality of the learning environment we can offer our students which is as much about the quality of the tutors as it is about the spaces we work in. Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have excellent facilities available for your degree.

This programme is taught at our Chichester campus and is located in one of the largest music departments in the UK, with enviable teaching, performance and practice resources.

These currently include:

  • Dance and rehearsal studios equipped with Harlequin flooring
  • Fully equipped designated band rehearsal rooms
  • Multi-purpose rehearsal and theatre studio space
  • Computerised recording and media studios
  • Bespoke editing suites
  • Well-equipped practice rooms (with new grand pianos supplied by Steinway & Sons)
  • An acoustically superb performance venue
  • Several soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons
  • Lecture and seminar rooms

Students also use the 350-seater Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis, the Theatre Royal, Portsmouth and our on-site Chapel which is a fantastic venue for cabaret performances and the centrepiece of the campus.

Our Learning Resource Centre has a comprehensive musical theatre and film collection, as well as areas for quiet and silent study. On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Hub, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

Where this can take you

We have a well-developed network of employers and agents with whom we work to introduce you to career opportunities in the industry.

The Musical Theatre programme runs a lively Alumni page on Facebook so join up and you will see some of the impressive things that students go on to do.

As performers, alumni have gone into:

  • West End productions
  • Major touring productions throughout Europe
  • Major cruise ships including Disney
  • UK and International small-scale touring theatre
  • ​Film and TV in both the UK and US
  • Edinburgh Festival
  • Cabaret
  • Cruise ship bands on P&O
  • Warner Leisure Hotels
  • Stage managers, arts managers and producers picking up contracts in the UK and around the world

Postgraduate study options available at Chichester include: 

People you'll meet

William Allenby - Programme Coordinator Cabaret, Senior Lecturer, Vocal tutor

William Robert Allenby won an Associated Board Entrance Scholarship to study at the Royal Academy of Music in 1986. He has since forged a significant solo career in the world of cabaret, opera, musicals, radio/TV and latterly teaching and lecturing.

Careers highlights include; Star singer ‘Friday Night is Music Night’ with the BBC Concert Orchestra for BBC  Radio 2, Headline Act on leading cruise lines in over 400 performances of his own one-man shows, guest artist with the Royal Opera Covent Garden, English National Opera, Welsh National Opera, Scottish Opera and Opera Holland Park, appearances in International Tours of ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ with Westend International and the Really Useful Group, concerts and recitals in New York, Italy, France and London and appearances in cabaret and variety shows in theatres and comedy clubs around the UK.

In addition to his commitments at the University of Chichester Conservatoire, Will is also a regular vocal coach for singers in the west end, an external assessor in performance at Royal Holloway, University of London and gives regular masterclasses and workshops. Recent masterclasses include; Royal Opera Covent Garden, Polish National Opera Young Artists programme in Warsaw, University of York and   Musical Theatre workshops with westend Musical Director Dr Stuart Morley.

In the Royal Academy of Music 2020 honours list, William was awarded the ARAM for his significant contribution to the music profession.


Indicative modules


The modules you take may vary

  • Cabaret Skills (cabaret showband training, sight reading charts)
  • Musical grammar
  • Professional Skills (recording studio techniques plus group instrumental classes)
  • Performance Development (one-to-one lessons)
  • History of Cabaret
  • Ensembles
  • Professional Resilience
  • Create Your Own Showreel
  • Technical Skills


International English Studies

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Additional Costs

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Audition details and FAQs

Candidates will be required to demonstrate their ability in instrumental and vocal performance in an audition. Applicants with high levels of performance skills may be considered for a lower academic offer. If we feel you are more suited to another course, we may suggest an alternative programme.

For more information on the audition process download the audition booklet here.

Audition booklet


I can’t log in to ChiView. What do I do?

If you have never logged in to ChiView before you need to create your account. Go to and then click ‘New User/ Forgotten Password’. You will need to input your applicant number (be careful, this is not your enquirer number or UCAS number), your surname, and your birth date in the format DD/MM/YYYY including the slashes. ChiView will then send you a temporary password. Please check your junk folder as this email often gets filtered into there.

Will there soon be more dates available on ChiView?

Typically auditions and interviews run from December – March, although each subject can vary. Usually only two or three dates will be available to book on ChiView at a time, but as the first batch of dates close the page will refresh with new options. If you cannot see a date which suits you, the best course of action is usually to wait until the page refreshes. Dates are released two to three weeks in advance.

When/ how will I find out if I have been invited to attend?

You will receive an email either way. If you have been invited to attend an interview or audition your email will guide you to log on to your ChiView portal, find ‘My application’, and then click ‘Respond to interview invitation’. Here you will find the first batch of dates to choose from.

Where do I find documents relating to the interview/audition?

Once you have booked an audition or interview you will only then have access to the relevant documents. On your ChiView portal find ‘Events schedule’ and then click ‘View details’. Here you will be able to view, download, or print the documents which will tell you how to prepare and what to expect on the day.

I can't see the 'View details' button next to my interview/ audition details on ChiView, so can't access the relevant documents.

Sometimes if you are viewing your ChiView portal on a phone, the dimensions might not allow you to see all elements. Please try again on another devise.

You may need to clear your browser history. Advice about how to do this can be found here:

If you are still unable to see the ‘View details’ button, please check that you have successfully booked your audition/interview by clicking ‘respond to interview invitation’.

If all else fails, you are welcome to email Please have your applicant number ready. The Admissions team will be able to check whether your audition/ interview is booked and email you relevant documents.

How do I change my interview/audition date?

If you have booked an interview or audition and now you are unable to attend please visit your ChiView portal, find ‘Event schedule’, and then click ‘Cancel attendance’. You will need to inform the admissions team via so that we can issue you a new invitation.

Can I park on-site, and are there disabled parking available on both campuses?

Yes, you can park on-site if you buy a pay-and-display ticket. It is worth noting that demand for car park spaces exceeds the spaces available, particularly during term time. For this reason, parking controls and restrictions are implemented to ensure the efficient and effective operation of the University, equity of access and fairness.

There are clearly marked disabled parking bays available at both the Bognor and Chichester campuses. More information about travel can be found here:



Chris Dean and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra

"I am truly delighted with the new collaboration between the University of Chichester Conservatoire Cabaret Performance Programme and the Syd Lawrence Orchestra. I look forward to working with the instrumental cabaret students over the coming years."

Chris Dean, Musical Director, The Syd Lawrence Orchestra

Chris Dean

Syd Lawrence Orchestra

Founded in 1967 by trumpeter and arranger Syd Lawrence, the famous Syd Lawrence Orchestra has been thrilling audiences in Concert Halls, Theatres, TV Shows, Music Festivals and Cruises all over Great Britain and Continental Europe for over 40 years. The orchestra, directed since Syd's retirement in 1996 by Chris Dean, is renowned for its exciting blend of high-octane Big Band Swing and Classic Dance Music. Count Basie himself described the Syd Lawrence Orchestra as "So good it should be BANNED!" and it has recently been voted Best Big Band in the Land for the eighth consecutive year. 

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