Want to be part of a music ensemble at Reading, with opportunities to play and perform in regular concerts throughout the year?
Our diverse range of ensembles means that there is something for everyone. With choirs, a symphony orchestra and a big band, musicians of all abilities are warmly invited to get involved.
Professional conductors run rehearsals and our concerts are held in the University's Great Hall or venues further afield, so you won't be short of opportunities to play or sing, or just to listen.
Pictured: University Student Ensemble in Residence, 2015-16: Perfect Fifth
The information below relates specifically to ensembles co-ordinated by the University.
For details about ensembles co-ordinated by RUMS (Reading University Music Society), visit the RUMS - (Reading University Music Society) website >>>
Conducted by Sam Evans, the University of Reading Chamber Choir is an audition based choral ensemble performing a wide range of repertoire. The first rehearsal of the term will be open for newcomers to observe or take part in, auditions will follow.
Rehearsals - Thursday evenings 6pm-7pm (term time only) commencing Thursday 29 September
Venue - Great Hall, London Road campus.
Conducted by Paul Cox, the University of Reading Symphony Orchestra is open to players of all orchestral instruments. The first rehearsal of the term will be open for newcomers to observe or take part in. All welcome.
- Rehearsals - Monday evenings 7pm-9.15pm (term time only) commencing Monday 26 September
- Venue - Studio 1, Building L29, London Road campus.
Conducted by Amber Nunn, the Campus Choir is an opportunity to join with staff and students from across the university to take a break from the stresses of the day and sing. Campus Choir is an open choir for all members of the University community to enjoy (no musical or choral experience is required).
- Sessions/rehearsal - Thursday lunchtimes 1pm-2pm (term-time only) Commencing on Thursday 29 September
- Venue - Van Emden Theatre, HumSS building, Whiteknights campus.
Conducted by Sam Evans, the University of Reading Chorus is an 80-strong choral group comprising students, staff and members of the local community. Singers of all voices are welcomed. The first two rehearsals of the Autumn term will be open for newcomers to observe or take part in before committing to join.
- Rehearsals - Thursday evenings 7.15-9pm (term time only) Commencing Thursday 29 September
- Venue - Great Hall, London Road campus.
Subscriptions for 2016/17 to be announced. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when subscriptions have been announced.
All members pay a score deposit of £15 in case of loss of music. When you leave Chorus any remaining deposit will be refunded
Conducted by Amber Nunn, the University of Reading Big Band, one of the University's newest ensembles, plays classic swing as well as contemporary big band music. The band is open to students, staff and members of the wider community who play at around grade 7+ level. The first rehearsal of the term (Friday 23 September) will be open for newcomers to observe or take part in, auditions will follow where necessary.
Currently there are vacancies in the Trombone and Percussion sections.
- Rehearsals - Friday evenings 6.30pm - 8.30pm (term time only) Commencing on Friday 23 September
- Venue - Studio 2, building L29 on the London Road Campus.
- University staff and members of the local community - £20 for the year
The Reading University Music Society (RUMS) also co-ordinates a number of student-led ensembles including:
- Wind Band
- Jazz ensemble
- String Ensemble
- Flute Choir
- Clarinet Choir
- Saxophone Choir
- Brass Ensemble
- Close Harmony
For more information about each of these ensembles and how to get involved, visit the RUMS - (Reading University Music Society) website >>>