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BA (Hons) Music and Cabaret Performance

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Institution C58


Full Time

Entry Requirements and Fees

2020/21 UK fee: £9,250

2020/21 International fee: £13,500

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

IELTS 6.0 overall with no element lower than 5.5


Course content

The University of Chichester Conservatoire has one of the largest and liveliest performance departments in the UK with a community of over 900 student performers. You will get to showcase public performances with professional production teams for regional tours, major art festivals and to create and premiere new commissions.

This innovative and ground-breaking course combines the rigour of a traditional music degree with preparing instrumentalists and singers for a variety of entertainment contexts, either as solo performers  and/or band musicians for cruise ships, hotels, holiday resorts, pantomimes and theatre pit work. This course provides employers with talented graduates in an area where skilled practitioners are in demand and where young performers in particular are welcomed.

With an emphasis on professional accomplishment in their selected instrumental study, students will be prepared for the specific demands of this rapidly expanding entertainment sector. 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. Working with industry professionals who have headlined for some of the most prestigious cruise companies in the world, such as Holland America, Royal Caribbean, Cunard, Crystal, Radisson, Princess,  NCL, Saga and Fred Olsen, you will develop the vital skills needed to be competitive in this rapidly expanding entertainment sector.

We have a well developed network of employers and agents with whom we can work to efficiently introduce you to for career opportunities in the industry. In particular we have a partnership with the award-winning theatrical show producers, Talent Artistic Group (TAG) and leading bookers and agents, Sonic Artists and PIHA Internatational Entertainment. This ongoing industry engagement ensures that the course is supremely relevant to the current music industry.

"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

Take a look at the press release our partners Talent Artistic Group wrote about our Cabaret courses.

Our facilities

Over the past few years, we’ve redeveloped both of our campuses so that you have the best-ever facilities available for your degree. 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.

There is an integrated approach to the provision of learning resources and support.  We offer a substantial collection of books, journals and other materials to help you further your research.

A range of study areas for group and quiet study includes Wi-Fi areas for laptop use or you can use our open access PC and Mac areas.  We use an electronic learning environment with an expanding portfolio of online library resources from anywhere at any time.

Tuition takes place in modern music facilities, which include computerised recording and media studios, well-equipped practice rooms with new grand pianos, band rooms and regular access to professional outside performance venues.

The Music department has more than 60 soundproofed practice rooms for rehearsals and lessons, as well as lecture and seminar rooms.

The Assembly Theatre has been redeveloped into a multi-purpose rehearsal and theatre studio space, seating up to 80 audience. Students will also use the 350-seater Alexandra Theatre in Bognor Regis.

The Bognor Regis campus is seven miles from the Bishop Otter campus and is connected by frequent buses. Our students therefore have access to both an historic cathedral city and an iconic south-coast seaside resort!

The Learning Resource at both campuses is the hub of the learning environment.  It has two upper floors of library resources, with a comprehensive musical theatre collection, one for silent study and one for quiet study, both of which have recently been refurbished.

On the ground floor, you’ll find the Support and Information Zone, Media Hub, Otter Gallery, Costa Coffee and a variety of IT resources.

There are pleasant green spaces with good seating, landscaped gardens and lockable bike sheds. 

Where this can take you

The student will have the opportunity of developing a broad range of skills to enhance employability in the cruise and entertainments industry beyond University.

Course progression has been very high, with students going on to employment with our strong industry partners including Warner Leisure, major cruise lines as well as progressing to some of the most prestigious conservatoires in the country and in PGCE teacher training.

As performers, alumni have gone into:

  • entertainments companies
  • 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
  • independent Cabaret touring
  • stage managers, arts managers and producers picking up contracts in the UK and around the world

Indicative modules

Cabaret skills (accompaniment, sight-reading charts, solo performance, engaging with the audience)

This year long programme of study is focused towards preparation, developing the different disciplines and practices needed for cabaret performance skills, as well as developing a good sense of performance context. Student performers will be challenged creatively, physically and intellectually under the direction of specialist teachers, preparing them towards professional careers.

Professional Skills (recording studio techniques, and options in arranging, musical direction, 2nd instrument)

Supporting the Cabaret Skills module, this year long programme of study is focused towards professional practice, developing the different skills needed for cabaret performance, as well as developing a good sense of technical knowledge. Student performers will work under the direction of specialist teachers, preparing them towards professional career

Performance Development

This module introduces various approaches to performance that can serve to assist the student when communicating music to the listener. A variety of skills particular to their individual vocal or instrumental style will be explored with teachers. The construction of balanced or otherwise effective programmes is discussed and students will explore different approaches to performance. The adoption of a year long mode of learning, with assessment taking place in semester 2 allows learners to develop and consolidate whilst adapting to what are often new teaching strategies. Learning Strategy: Individual lessons will be supplemented by formative assessment workshops, participation in relevant tutor led ensemble work and by individual tutorial support. Students will be involved in the process of formative assessment, using the Subject criteria, and will also be required to evaluate their own learning on the course.

History of Cabaret

In order to develop an individual voice as a cabaret performer it is important to understand the traditions of entertainment from which the role derives. This module allows students to understand and learn from the key figures in the history of cabaret entertaining either with a view to working within a particular chosen style, or breaking away from the tradition from an informed position. This module looks at the evolution of the role and changes in the way cabaret has been consumed from the 19th century and earlier through to more current models.


Working in parrall to the performance development strand, his module allows students to explore their potential as team players in performance and to develop the commercial potential of their performing ensemle. Repertoire building and a variety of different performance contexts are discussed, leading to a clearer view of the achievement outcomes that are possible for each individual. Longer term planning and practice preparation strategies will be emphasisted in rehearsals and coaching sessions.

Professional Resilience

This module will explore a range of different strategies designed to offer support to the emerging arts practitioner and will introduce students to a number of different models of successful self-development. Course elements will vary, but may include: • Get out of your mind for free, how to handle unwanted Private Events (thoughts, feelings, physical sensations); • Love your ears – Raising Awareness about Dangers of Hearing Loss; • Mood and Food, explore the relationships of what you eat and how you feel; • Making Achievable Goals; • Spirituality and Wellbeing; • An introduction to Colour Analysis and Style; • Employability and Careers; • Mindful and Creative Practice, offering techniques to help ‘quiet your mind’ and relax in the present moment; • Active Listening; • The Performing Body, using Alexander Technique and Feldenkrais Method; • Yoga for singers and instrumentals

Create your own cabaret showreel

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Technical skills

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International English Studies

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Additional Costs

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Audition details

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

Audition booklet