LUUMS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

LUUMS Symphony Orchestra, or ‘Symph’ as it is more fondly known, has around 70 auditioned positions up for grabs – including strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion. This friendly, sociable and hard-working orchestra is a really great ensemble to get involved with. Having already undertaken ambitious projects, such as Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, this year’s repertoire will be no less challenging! There is a lot of exciting and varied repertoire planned, ranging from the staples of the classical world, to some of the lesser-known works. We perform 3 local concerts a year, and also go on tour every summer to a major European destination which is a definite highlight! It requires real dedication to be a member of our team, but this just makes the experience all the more rewarding, and our many social events and trips to the pub after rehearsals even more enjoyable Being part of an ensemble like Symph is a fantastic way of making friends with like-minded people, who enjoy working together to perform great repertoire. Every year we also run a concerto competition. This gives the opportunity for a Leeds student to perform a full concerto with the Orchestra.

 

Auditions for the Symphony Orchestra 2020/2021 will take place during freshers’ week in September. Though, due to the current pandemic, they may have to be run a little differently than usual. We’ll keep you updated regarding how the auditions will work as we see how the situation unfolds.

Thursdays 7.00pm – 9.30pm

Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music

luums.symphony@gmail.com

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Romy Leach (she/her)

Manager

Romy is a final year Music and Music Psychology student studying at Leeds University. Romy, although musically inclined, failed her attempts at learning piano and violin and at the age of 12 realised that the oboe was her true calling due to the fact that playing a "rare" instrument meant she would always get a solo (even if it was just tuning the orchestra...). Throughout her university career, Romy has thoroughly enjoyed playing in Symphony Orchestra and SWO and singing in Chorus, and loves being part of the pit orchestra in the University's musicals. She will often be found (or heard) in Old Bar drinking one pint too many at the after show socials. Romy has taken up the role of symph manager due to her undying love for the orchestra. It will be her fourth year as a member and she can't wait to share more symph fun with the new members.

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Ben Frampton (he/him)

Conductor

Ben is a third year joint Honours Maths and Music student from the wirral. He has been involved in a plethora of LUUMS ensembles, including Symph and SWO, which he has genuinely loved and cannot wait to get started with symph. Ben is most likely to be found distracting others from their work in the music foyer or telling another poor anecdote in old bar. Having been a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Wales on double bass as well as other large-scale ensembles from big bands to choirs, Ben is keen to use all his musical experience to get the best out of Symphonic Orchestra this year and is thoroughly excited for next year with his two stunning managers!

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Jack Bloomer (he/him)

Manager

Jack is a third year BA Music student from Herefordshire. A music fanatic, Jack has played french horn and piano since the age of 7 and has recently picked up the guitar. He has years of playing experience with orchestras and bands, including the CBSO Youth Orchestra, and he is currently 4th horn in Opera North Youth Orchestra. Last year, Jack was principal horn in the LUUMS Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Symphony Orchestra. Due to his commitment to Symph, Jack was also a recipient of the Symph award. In his spare time, Jack enjoys going to the gym and spending time outdoors. He really enjoyed his time in Symph in second year, and is thrilled to be managing it in his third year!