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LUUMS Symphonic Choir is a non-auditioned ensemble for undergrads, postgrads and members of the community from Leeds University, and beyond!

Our aim is to bring together people of all musical abilities and backgrounds with a passion for singing. We have our friendly and relaxed rehearsals every Thursday in term time (5:00-7:00pm) in the School of Music, followed by a trip out to grab some food and to get to know the group.

We cover sacred and secular music from across the classical canon, culminating in 3-4 performances per year. Recently, we have performed music by Gibbons, Purcell, Rutter and Haydn. In the second semester we perform a larger scale work for augmented forces, most recently Bach's Magnificat and Vivaldi's Gloria.


This coming year the choir is planning performances of pieces by Whitacre, Britten, Faure and Gjeilo alongside some exciting newly commissioned works written for the choir.

If you would like more information please follow us on instagram @luumssymphchoir, or contact our manager Espe:


Join our Facebook group here!


Or just drop into a rehearsal! Rehearsals begin 6th October

Thursdays, 5-7pm

Rehearsal Hall, School of Music


To find out when our next concert is, click here:


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Meg Richardson


Meg is currently in her final year at Leeds studying BA Music, and is originally from Stafford. Meg began her love of music at the age of 8 when she joined her local choir. From there she began vocal lessons and was the runner up for the Staffordshire Young Singer of Year Competition 2019. Meg has experience singing in choirs from the National Children’s Choir of Great Britain for several years and being the first female choral scholar at Lichfield Cathedral during sixth form. Meg currently sings in St Peters Singers at the Leeds Minster as well as Leeds Clothworkers Consort. Outside of choirs Meg enjoys playing the alto saxophone in Concert Band, and partaking in Musical Theatre productions and performances, Dance and Netball. During her time in sixth form Meg also delved into Opera and performed the lead role of Dido in Dido and Aeneas in Lichfield Theatre. Meg has previous experience running and conducting her school choir and cannot wait to manage Symphonic Choir this year in LUUMS !!


Amy Howe (she/her)


Amy is a third year BA Music student from Birmingham. Coming from a very musical family, she began her journey playing the violin at age 7, going on to play in many ensembles such as the CBSO Youth Orchestra. She later discovered her love for singing when she joined the CBSO choral family, singing with both the Children's and Youth choirs. She has been involved in so many exciting choral projects since, singing at the BBC Proms and on tours to Germany and France being highlights. In Leeds, she holds a Choral Scholarship at the Cathedral. Along with violin and voice, she also dabbles in flute and piano. Aside from her musical activities, Amy enjoys cooking, and baking whatever new vegan goodies she can find! Amy has absolutely loved being involved in LUUMs for the last 2 years, being part of both the Chamber and Symphonic Choirs as well as Symph, and cannot wait to get stuck in with conducting next year!


Shivani Pargal (she/her)


Shivani is a third year BA International History and Politics student from Minneapolis, Minnesota. She started out in music learning piano, violin, and cello from her mother around the age of 4. After sampling different string instruments and continuing piano, she committed to the clarinet at age 11 and started singing shortly after. Throughout high school, Shivani has sang in choirs, small ensembles, and a cappella groups, while also playing in concert bands and Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies. She lives in Leeds during term time and enjoys watching (English) football, gardening, going to gigs, and watching movies with her friends. Despite studying history full time, Shivani has loved her time in LUUMS in both Symphonic and Chamber Choir and cannot wait to see what next year brings. 

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