What is MUMS?
MUMS is open to everyone and we aim to offer a musical experience to suit everyone. Each year, around 500 people join MUMS. The mission of the society is to bring together people who are passionate about music in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and provide them with opportunities to hear and make music on a regular basis to a high standard. This is achieved through the presentation of over 50 concerts per academic year featuring a number of ensembles, plus multiple social events.
The society is made up of 7 core ensembles, some dynamic and some fixed. The dynamic ensembles are the Symphony Orchestra, whish is at the heart of the society, having performed a long list of very impressive repertoire. This year's highlights have and will include Sibelius' Symphony No. 5, the Korngold Violin Concerto, and Scriabin's Piano Concerto, and the Chamber Orchestra who this year have played Beethoven's Symphony No. 7. To get involved in these ensembles, you are required to audition (either in September/October or in January) and then will be seated by our personnel team on a concert-by-concert basis - you aren't in or out of these ensembles but will get rotated.
We also have fixed, non-auditioned ensembles such as MUWO, the Manchester University Wind Orchestra and MUSO, Manchester University String Orchestra which both play three dazzling concerts each year and have growing reputations for entertaining audiences with their brilliant performances.
Ad Solem, the University’s elite chamber choir, have toured Northern Italy, Croatia and Estonia in recent years, and have performed at well-known venues in and around Manchester. This ensemble is auditioned, but fixed for the year.
Alongside these ensembles MUMS also includes University of Manchester Brass Band (UMBB) and Manchester University Big Band (MUBB). UMBB, another auditioned ensemble, were the victorious winners of UniBrass 2015, a national Brass Band competition and play a range of traditional and contemporary brass band works and arrangements to a very high standard. MUBB are an exciting and energetic auditioned ensemble who draw on the rich history of big band repertoire from 1920s swing to experimental European jazz. As an audience member or as a player, there is something for everyone!
One of MUMS’ proudest traditions is Estival – Manchester’s Biggest Classical Music Festival – which takes place in the final week of each academic year. It is always a great celebration of music, the end of exams and the beginning of summer. Keep checking the website for details about Estival 2015!
Social occasions are extremely important to MUMS and you will be welcomed by a strong and friendly community when you join. Certain traditions such as the three-legged pub-crawl, Christmas Party and Summer Ball, which includes its very own awards ceremony and a video of highlights from the year, are not to be missed! In order to take advantage of these many opportunities – join MUMS today!
In a busy city like Manchester, MUMS is always strives to keep up with the ever-changing world of music making as well as modern technology. Follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page to stay in the loop!
MUMS runs one of the leading student conducting systems in the country. With six to eight student instrumental/orchestral conductors each year and two or three choral conductors, each conductor will have the opportunity to conduct every MUMS ensemble in their conducting area, taking rehearsals with at least one of our dynamic or fixed ensembles per week, often without any supervision. Instrumental conductors receive free one-to-one tuition with Mark Heron, conducting teacher at the RNCM. Auditions are opened up to all MUMS members every year after the Christmas holiday and consist of two rounds, with the first conducting a small chamber ensemble and the second the MUMS Symphony Orchestra. Details of the auditions will be distributed in the Sunday Update, so keep an eye out for more information to come!
MUMS also offers the opportunity to play a concerto with one of the ensembles to all members. CD submissions and a final round of auditions take place in the Spring for the following academic year. Any MUMS member is eligible for this opportunity.
Other Performance Opportunities
Other performance opportunities get circulated in the Sunday Update, sent every week in term time.