LUUMS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
LUUMS Chamber Orchestra is an auditioned ensemble that uses its smaller size to its advantage to produce a precisely balanced and impressive sound. We’re around 30 strong, although sometimes expand for larger pieces. Last year’s pieces included Elgar’s Enigma Variations, Poulenc’s Sinfonietta, as well as an Electric Jazz Bass Concerto.
Despite our smaller size, we want to create a strong community of players who want to challenge themselves and get involved with LUUMS. People who are interested in not just playing the rep, but getting stuck in with socials and making friends. We’ve got a lot of socials lined up over the year (including a fair few post-rehearsal trips to Old Bar), so please do try and come along!
We also do a short tour each year within the UK, in the past we have been to Edinburgh and Cardiff which gives another wonderful opportunity to socialise as a group and explore different places.
We perform three concerts a year in Leeds with varying repertoire over the year, usually before Christmas, Easter and Summer respectively. There is also a concerto opportunity for those who want it. In past years we have sometimes split up into smaller chamber ensembles, such as a string orchestra and a 10-part wind ensemble meaning that some weeks you may not be needed, but we’ll want you back the following week!
Auditions for Chamber Orchestra 2019/2020 have now closed. Thank you to everyone who auditioned, and congratulations to this year's orchestra!
Wednesdays 5pm – 7pm
Rehearsal Hall, School of Music
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Jazz is a violinist now entering her second year at Leeds. Studying joint honours English and Music, Jazz is proud to say that she has not one, but two dead-end degree subjects. Coming from Hull, Jazz has grown up around the arts and enjoys all things creative, and was an active member of Hull’s youth orchestras and choir from an early age. After playing in Chamber Orchestra last year, she decided she wanted to take on a more active role in LUUMS and is happy to be one of the Chamber managers for the coming year. Alongside the violin, she also plays (rather badly) guitar and piano. She really hopes her life doesn’t revolve around drinking and her degree, but really can’t think of any other interests right now.
Anna is a third year BA music student, originally from Southampton. She has been playing the violin since the age of 7. Since coming to university Anna has participated in many different ensembles, playing all kinds of music from Baroque to Contemporary. These ensembles include LUUMs Chamber and Symphony orchestras, Leeds Baroque, and the pit band for LUU OperaSoc. Participation in these ensembles was always as an instrumentalist, and never a conductor, however, this changed in her second year of university when she took a conducting module as part of her degree and discovered that she really enjoyed it! As part of this module, Anna organised and led a small string ensemble, conducting Peter Warlock’s Capriol Suite. In her free time Anna enjoys various nerdy hobbies, such as board games, Dungeons and Dragons, and video games.
Jenni is a second-year violinist from Edinburgh studying music performance. Last year, she was the leader of Chamber Orchestra and a member of Symphony Orchestra, she also leads a quartet and played in the band for the musical Into The Woods. In summer, she performed in the Edinburgh Fringe festival with the Edinburgh Youth Orchestra for the second year in a row. Although violin is her first instrument, she also enjoys playing piano and cello. In her spare time, she enjoys watching Netflix, drinking tea (or wine) and taking care of her many houseplants. She is excited for this year of LUUMS and can’t wait to start rehearsals.