It's fair to say that last semester was a great success for MUMS, but we're not resting on our laurels- here's what we've got planned for semester 2!
We kick off our 2018 evening concert series with a Chamber Concert on 17th February, featuring Tchaikovsky, Saariaho, Hussey and 3 new student works. A week later, we have an incredibly exciting evening- 'A Fight at the Opera', including recent university alumni James Keirle's contemporary opera 'Not on the List', and Purcell's 'Dido and Aeneas'. Symphony Orchestra return on March 10th, featuring soloist Libby Sherwood in the Sibelius Violin Concerto, and also look forward to playing with the University Chorus' performance of 'Dream of Gerontius' after easter. MUWO and MUSO have a joint concert the following week, with the MUWO programme consisting entirely of female composers including Emily Howard and Libby Larsen. After Easter, we look forward to a performance from our Brass Band, who are once again participating in unibrass this year. Big Band are back on 27th April, with exciting contemporary jazz by Troyka, Beats and Pieces and more! We also have an enthralling set of public lunchtime concerts to delve into- we are glad to offer more composition opportunities than ever before for our students, with a Contemporary Works Showcase on 16th February, before our New Sounds concert on 16th April. The University Baroque Orchestra will perform on March 23rd, and we anticipate an exuberant World Music showcase on April 20th!
After the success of last semester's Christmas Party, we look forward to more socials this term- the highlight of these will surely be our Summer Ball in June, celebrating the end of what we're sure will be another successful academic year for MUMS!
Having raised over £3000 for Oxfam last year, we once again embark on a mission for our members to learn a new instrument and pass their grade 1 exam, and being sponsored to do so! The player with the highest exam mark wins the great honour of performing a concerto with the grade-1-athon orchestra during Estival. Speaking of which...
The 4th-8th of June will see the return of our annual summer extravaganza, Estival! With 9 concerts packed into 5 days, there really is something for everyone! Featuring all our main ensembles, the grade-1-athon orchestra, a music and drama mashup, a relaxed performance with our brilliant Outreach team, and much more! Room G16 of the Martin Harris Centre will also act as the Estival hub, and individuals and small groups will be able to sign-up to perform during the week in the hub as well!
If you haven't already joined, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign-up for the discounted fee of £10! Giving you free entry to our concerts, access to our outreach programme, practice rooms, our teaching programme and more, get yourself involved- you certainly won;t regret it!
You can find details of all our concerts, and information on how to book, on the Martin Harris Centre Website.