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

Congratulations to those who have made it into Reading University or are successfully returning for another year! 

We offer a diverse range of musical ensembles and welcome students of all standards and abilities, having weekly rehearsals leading up to fun and informal termly concerts. 

Friendly and fun, the society is a great way to meet like-minded people and have the chance to play music every week, as well as relax and enjoy yourself. 

We have a variety of socials, from meals out to West End shows, plus trips to the pub after every rehearsal!

If you’re looking to have some fun and get involved with music, don’t hesitate to get in touch and come to our taster sessions, we can’t wait to meet you!

If you are interested in joining RUMS in the 2020/21 academic year, we have a "freshers" facebook group to post updates and infromation for people who are not members which can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/595520421339357/


The society will be holding taster sessions for all ensembles. These are FREE and it would be lovely to see you there. All the rehearsals will take place at L29 on London Road campus. There will be walking buses from Palmer Building on Whiteknights campus if you are unsure of where to go. There will also be committee members scattered about to help if you are lost! Keep updated with our social media to see when they’ll be, or come and see us at the freshers fayre! 

~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~



Ensemble Leader: 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 7:30-8:30pm(*)



Ensemble Leader: Erin Redmond

RUMS Clarinet Choir is a group of clarinet players who meet Tuesdays at 6:30-7:30pm. (*). 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’.



Ensemble Leaders: Louise Gerth and Laura McIlory

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!



Ensemble Leaders: 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! (*)



Ensemble Leader: Joe Freestone

RUMS Saxophone group are a friendly group of musicians who rehearse every Wednesday 7:30-8:30pm. (*) We play a mix of music from Bach to Britney Spears and are open to any ability. Any size of sax welcome!



Ensemble Leaders: 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 6:30-7:30pm. (*) So come along and try it out, it would be great to see some new faces!



Ensemble Leader: 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 7:30-8:15pm on a Wednesday (*) and are always welcoming new members!



Ensemble Leaders: 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 7:30-8:30pm. (*)



Ensemble Leaders: Lloyd Dafydd and Ben Stone

Concert Orchestra is a chance for String Ensemble and Concert Band to come together and play some orchestral pieces. We merge the end of Strings and the start of Concert Band for a 30 minute rehearsal of the music, in the friendly and welcoming RUMS environment. We’d love to see you come and join us!


*All rehearsal times are currently uncertain due to COVID-19 and potential reshuffles



Keep following us on social media to see updates about our socials throughout the year!

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

From your RUMS Committee x


Rehearsals take place every week during time as follows:

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






Clarinet Choir


L29 London Road Campus*

String Ensemble


L29 London Road Campus*

Concert Orchestra


L29 London Road Campus*

Concert Band


L29 London Road Campus*



RUMS Choir


L29 London Road Campus*

Jazz Ensemble


L29 London Road Campus*

Brass Ensemble


L29 London Road Campus*

Saxophone Ensemble


L29 London Road Campus*

Flute Ensemble


L29 London Road Campus*

*note that rehearsal rooms for the 2020/21 academic year are to be confirmed due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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 can't wait to meet you!

The RUMS Committee



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