Leeds University Symphony Orchestra
LUUMS Symphony Orchestra, or ‘Symph’ as it is more fondly known, has around 70 auditioned positions up for grabs – including strings, woodwind, brass and percussion. This friendly, sociable and hard-working orchestra is a really great ensemble to get involved with.
Having already undertaken ambitious projects, such as Stravinsky’s Firebird and more recently, Rachmaninov’s second symphony, this year’s repertoire will be no less challenging! There is a lot of exciting and varied repertoire planned, ranging from the staples of the classical world, to some of the lesser known works.
We perform 3 local concerts a year, and also go on tour every summer to a major European destination which is a definite highlight! It requires real dedication to be a member of our team, but this just makes the experience all the more rewarding, and our many social events and trips to the pub after rehearsals even more enjoyable Being part of an ensemble like Symph is a fantastic way of making friends with like-minded people, who enjoy working together to perform great repertoire.
Leeds University Union Music Society, more commonly referred to as LUUMS, is one of the largest societies in the Leeds University Union. We have a history spanning back over 80 years, and something to offer you regardless of your subject of study, musical ability or taste.
There are ten ensembles for you to be involved with, both open ensembles and auditioned ones, for any instrument or ability. LUUMS is committed to giving the musicians in Leeds a chance to show their talent by ensuring that each ensemble performs a minimum of 3 concerts a year. As well as individual concerts for each ensemble in venues such as the Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall and the Leeds University Great Hall, we also host two showcase concerts for both the auditioned and open ensembles. These are held in some of Leeds’ best concert venues and are a fantastic opportunity for all involved.
We also have regular Friday Feature events, held in the School of Music foyer, which are an exciting platform that gives anyone the opportunity to perform in a relaxed, welcoming environment.
Alongside the diverse array of musical opportunities that we offer, LUUMS also has an exciting social calendar. Rehearsals are typically followed by a trip to Old Bar, and the year is packed full of socials for everyone to get involved in. These include large socials in the union with live music and DJs, Otley Runs, Sports Day with the University Big Band and, the highlight of the social calendar, the LUUMS Ball.