Welcome to the University of Portsmouth Music Society!
Members of this society have a passion for watching, making and performing music. We are a community of people with common interests and a perfect place to make friends while studying at university. This group can take you on an international stage with our bi-annual tours to Europe which have recently included Spain, Germany, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland and Slovenia. Outside of music making we run socials for our members, giving everyone a chance to take a break. Keep up with us on all major social media platforms with the handle @UoPMusicSociety
Our ensembles include:
The University of Portsmouth Big Band is an auditioned ensemble of dedicated musicians and vocalists playing jazz and swing to a professional standard. They have performed a range of gigs from Grad Ball to Charity Galas. Having recently toured the Spain they were featured on local news.
Director - Ken Wharton-Emms
Managers - Georgios Georgiou and Brooke Wain
The University of Portsmouth Concert Band is a dynamic wind ensemble offering performance opportunities for all who are interested. Repertoire varies from popular music to traditional works. It is open to Brass, Woodwind and Percussion musicians of any experience level.
Director - Ken Wharton-Emms
Managers - Julia Willet & Zara Elms
The Dramatic and Musical Society (DMS) performs musicals or light opera in the New Theatre Royal each year. In the upcoming academic year DMS will be working on Orpheus in the Underworld; which they will perform in late February. The group is looking for talented and dynamic people to come and join. No experience is necessary and all abilities are welcome!
Chairperson - Ferelith Kingston
Secretary - Luc Ray
Director - Bethan Roscoe
The University of Portsmouth Choir offers the opportunity for anyone in the music society get involved and sing. Open to students, lecturers and the wider university community, as well as many Alumni. Singers with a varying level of musical experience are welcome, joining the choir also offers the opportunity to learn to read music. There are many concerts a year, including collaborations with local orchestras and other choirs.
Director - Dr George Burrows
Managers - Oscar Stanforth and Sophie Edge
The University of Portsmouth Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble dedicated to performing classical repertoire, open to all orchestral musicians. A Grade 6 standard is strongly recommended for entry, with auditions for woodwind, brass and percussion. Previous performances include: Beethoven's Symphony No.9, Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite and Bizet's Carmen Suite. The spring term is dedicated to collaborating with DMS for the musical production, performed in the New Theatre Royal.
Conductor - Colin Jagger
Managers - Mathew Joslin and Daniel Morris
The Musicians Network is a place for anyone with a musical interest, regardless of genre, instrument or ability. This group allows members to meet up and form musical groups. We can help with securing and booking suitable rehearsal spaces, we are also in contact with local studios. We also host gigs for those wishing to perform.
Chair - Jacob Tussler
Big Band - Monday 18:15 - 20:30, White Swan Building, Studio 5
Concert Band - Tuesday 18:30 - 20:30, White Swan Building, Studio 4 & 5
DMS - Tuesday 18:30 - 21:30, White Swan Building, Studio 1
Student Choir - Wednesday 17:00 - 18:00, Eldon Building, Room E1.11
Choir - Wednesday 18:00 - 19:30, Eldon Building, Room E1.11
Orchestra - Thursday 18:30 - 20:30, White Swan Building, Studio 4 & 5
Membership costs £5 which is used to run events throughout the year and secure venues.
To contact specific members of the committee just drop us an email via the links below, or fill out a contact form at the bottom of the page.
We look forward to hearing from you!