Hello 2020 Freshers and Returners and welcome to Reading University Music Society!


If you are interested in joining RUMS or attending a rehearsal as a "taster" in the 2020/21 academic year, we have a members facebook group to post updates and infromation for people who have paid their membership fee here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/325244098564479

a "freshers" group for new and potential members here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/595520421339357/

and a mailing list which can be found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSepbHRhBsQbHLUyGAiRqIboN_16ZF8Ouo3D2DyXD2KNDQ6z_g/viewform

~All rehearsal times and locations are currently uncertain due to COVID-19 and potential reshuffles. Please keep in contact with our social media for updates and information~


~Time and place of rehearsals may be changed due to Covid-19, any updates or changes will be posted as soon as we know~

Day Ensemble Times Location Ensemble Leader Description
Tuesday Concert Band 19:45–20:45 L22, London Road Campus* Ben Stone, James Smith and Laura Braithwaite RUMS Concert Band offers a great environment to meet other student musicians and play fun concert band music from film themes to (the dreaded) Tequila. We welcome all abilities and a wide range of instruments. If that’s not enough to get you to come along we also have a cake break in the middle of rehearsals and, much like the other ensembles, make sure to spend time to socialise after we finish practising. We rehearse Tuesday 7:45-8:45pm. (*)
  String Ensemble 18:30-19:30 L29, London Road Campus* Phoebe Honey and MC Benoist RUMS String Ensemble is a group of string players of mixed ability, who play a variety of music from classical to all the well-known favourites from musicals and films. We meet on a Tuesday evening 7:45-8:45pm. (*) So come along and try it out, it would be great to see some new faces!
Wednesday Jazz Band 18:30-19:30 L29, London Road Campus* Max Gamblen and Tom Cox RUMS Jazz Band is a welcoming group for musicians of all abilities!We play a wide variety of Jazz, including standards, funk and more, and we’re always open to suggestions! Our rehearsals are always relaxed and enjoyable, and we also like to encourage people to challenge themselves with Jazz skills such as improvisation. We hope to see you at our rehearsals from 6:30-7:30pm on Wednesdays! (*)
  RUMS Choir 18:30-19:30 L22, London Road Campus* Louise Gerth and Laura McIlroy RUMS Choir is a friendly choir open to all abilities, singing a range of music such as pop music and songs from musicals. Recent songs include ‘I’ll stand by You’ and ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from Moana. Join us on Wednesday 6:30-7:30pm (*) for what is promised to be a relaxed and enjoyable environment!
  Sax Ensemble CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Joe Freestone RUMS Saxophone group are a friendly group of musicians who rehearse every Tuesday 6:30-7:30pm. (*) We play a mix of music from Bach to Britney Spears and are open to any ability. Any size of sax welcome!
  Brass Ensemble CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Lloyd Dafydd RUMS Brass Band is a group of friendly brass players who play music both for small brass ensembles and also classic brass banding music. We’re friendly and accepting of people from all brass instruments and abilities and there’s room for everyone. We rehearse from 7:45-8:30pm on a Wednesday (*) and are always welcoming new members!
  Clarinet Choir CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Erin Redmond RUMS Clarinet Choir is a group of clarinet players who meet Wednesdays at 7:45-8:45pm. (*). We play all types of music and recently we have performed a medley from Lord of the Rings, Queen’s ‘Somebody to Love’ and ‘The Polar Express’.
  Flute Choir CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE CANCELLED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE Laura McIlroy RUMS Flute Choir is a group of flautists who meet to play music from films, musicals, and classical pieces. Recent pieces include Vivaldi’s ‘Spring’ and ‘Never Enough’ from The Greatest Showman. Join us on Wednesdays 7:45-8:45pm(*)

*note that rehearsal rooms and times are subject to change due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

We also work closely with Music@Reading who have their own ensembles which can be seen by clicking the banner below


Keep following us on social media to see updates about our socials throughout the year! We will be hoping to host multiple alcoholic and non-alcoholic socials!

Take a look at our youtube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCy48-Y-bnQCQKlDog6gHF3Q) to see more of our previous performances from our concerts.

If you enjoy playing or singing, and/or have any questions, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch by:

Email: music.rums@gmail.com or l.dafydd@student.reading.ac.uk

Instagram: @rumstagram

Twitter: @RUMSmusic

Facebook: Reading University Music Society

Text: 07532 490176

We really look forward to meeting you all and we are looking forward to a fabulous term! 

From your RUMS Committee x


  • Music (RUMS) Student Membership£10.15
  • Music (RUMS) Non-Student Membership£12.15




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