MUMS Committee 2018/19 - Appointed Positions


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If you're interested in going for one of the appointed positions on the MUMS committee 2018/19, all you need to do is fill out the form below. 

Applications close on Sunday 18th March at 5pm.

Interviews for the positions will be held shortly, applicants will be contacted to arrange an interview date. You will usually be interviewed by the new President/Head Concert Manager/Rob Guy, and one of the people who hold the role in the committee this year.

Personnel Managers (x~2 or 3)

The Personnel Managers are responsible for organising the general MUMS auditions in September, October and January, and the Solo Concerto Auditions. They then work as a team to organise seating for the MUMS ensembles in liaison with Rob Guy, and help players find deps for rehearsals. Generally a Personnel Manager is assigned to each individual instrumental section: strings (upper/lower), woodwind or brass based on their previous experience.

Programming Managers (x~2)

The Programming Managers arrange the concert programmes for most of the MUMS ensembles, in conjunction with Rob Guy. They also organise repertoire and ensembles for the lunchtime concerts, as well as the writing and printing of programmes to be sold at concerts. The role is split between lunchtime and evening concerts, with the evening programming manager being responsible for overseeing the programming of all evening concerts, whilst the lunchtime programming manager must organise pieces, ensembles and performances for all lunchtime concerts, sending in stage plans for these concerts.

Please see information specific to the programming manager interviews at the bottom of this form.

Head Concert Manager

The Head Concert Manager is responsible for overseeing the management of all concerts throughout the academic year, organising and advising the pool of concert managers. They also act as a form of communication between ensemble managers and Martin Harris Centre staff, ensuring rooms for rehearsals are booked through the office well in advance, whilst overseeing the work of the librarians and personnel managers. They are responsible for scheduling rehearsals and concerts for all orchestral ensembles, liaising with the professional conductor. The Head Concert Manager is also responsible for organising the hire of any additional instruments and solving any issues that may arise relating to concerts.

Concert Managers (x~8)

The Concert Managers run the rehearsals and stage manage the concerts. This involves taking attendance, organising music handouts and liaising with the MHC staff and the Head Concert Manager to ensure equipment and rooms are arranged and ready when they are needed.


The Librarians are responsible for locating and organising all of the orchestral music hire (and choral music where appropriate) through the president, department and society Treasurer with the information provided by the Programming team. The Librarians also needs to work with the Concert Managers to make sure that the music is ready in time for rehearsals to start and that all music is collected in after concerts. In 2018/19 there will be one Head Librarian, who is responsible for overseeing the librarian’s work as a whole, and one Assistant Librarian.

Communications Manager

The Communications Manager is responsible for distributing information and communiques internally within the society, maintaining the Society’s Social Media presence and also for responding to general enquiries. They also put together the weekly “MUMS Sunday Update” that goes out to all members, and alongside this they work to improve the Social Media used by the Society as well as coming up with new strategies for getting the “word of MUMS” out to the wider (public) world.

PR Design Manager

The PR Design Manager’s responsibilities lie within creating posters for MUMS evening concerts. They work alongside the Publicity Officer and Communications Manager to form the publicity team. The PR Design Manager should have a passion for art/graphic design and should be willing to help distribute posters across the university.

Outreach Managers

Outreach Managers are responsible for developing outreach activities and forming links between the society and the local community. For example, this can include educational links with local schools or links with local hospitals. They are also responsible for building links with other societies within the university that are related to the arts and forging and building relationships with those. In order to accommodate the expansion of outreach, 2018/19 there will be 2 Head Outreach Managers in addition to several Outreach Project Managers.


If you have further questions about any of the roles listed, please do not hesitate to contact current occupants of each role for this year's committee. Current committee members can be found at

Information for Programming Manager Applicants

Please prepare the following, bringing the programmes to your interview:
You must construct 2 full length evening (7.30pm start, 9.30 finish at the latest) concert programmes. These should be presented in writing with all relevant information (composer, title, instrumentation, duration, publisher, availability of music, etc.).

  • Concert 1 should be for Symphony Orchestra, and should include the Rachmaninoff Symphony No.2 or Nielsen Symphony No.5 as the symphony. One of the other pieces should have a connection.
  • Concert 2 should be for a first half of string orchestra and second half of wind orchestra. Soloists can be used at your discretion. One piece by a professional composer working in Manchester should be included. Some kind of theme or linking thread across the whole programme is desirable.