Music making for all University students
The Department of Music and Bristol University Music Society offer a fantastic range of musical opportunities for students right across the University of Bristol.
The Department of Music and Bristol University Music Society work together to offer a fantastic range of musical opportunities for students right across the University of Bristol.
From the University Symphony Orchestra to the Jazz Orchestra, from the New Music Ensemble to the Operatic Society, there is something to suit your taste, instrument and ability.
You don't have to be studying a Music degree to participate in these activities. Indeed, the Music Department provides music-making opportunities for the entire university and opens up almost all of its ensembles to non-Music students, who are absolutely central to their success.
Many of the Departmental Ensembles are conducted by highly experienced members of staff, while the student-led groups offer many opportunities for students to conduct.
We cannot emphasise enough how active the music community is at Bristol and we look forward to you being a part of it.
Join an ensemble, orchestra or other musical group
Browse the list above to find out more about joining a particular group.
Be part of the audience
There are a great many concerts and other events put on throughout the year, which showcase the talents of musicians from all corners of the University. This includes an annual summer festival organised by students and facilitated by staff in the Department of Music.
So if you love music but aren't sure about performing, there are lots of opportunities for you to get involved as an audience member.
Listen to us
Below are examples of performances undertaken by the Department of Music, via its range of music-making opportunities.
- Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. Two, 'Resurrection' (finale excerpt)
Performed by the Bristol University Choral Society, Chamber Choir and Singers, and Bristol University Symphony Orchestra.
Conducted by John Pickard.
- Raymond Warren: Golden Rings (first movement, 'Gentle John')
Performed by the Bristol University Singers.
Conducted by Glyn Jenkins.
Did you know the University Choral Society is open to members of University staff as well as students?
Bristol University Music Society
BUMS is a hugely active student society. It runs many of the musical opportunities on offer and is open to musicians and audience members alike.
We offer music scholarships to non-Music students, including choral and organ scholarships and bursaries to help with instrument and tuition costs.