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


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El Turner


El is a 3rd year Maths and Music student from Hampshire. Having studied Voice, Piano and Violin since a young age, she has been a part of many musical ensembles over the years, including string quartets, choirs and windbands and was also leader of her College Orchestra. She has really enjoyed playing Violin in Symphony Orchestra for the past two years and meeting so many lovely people and is excited to invest more time into the group as a Manager this coming year to make it the best yet! 


Charlie Terry 


Charlie is a third year Mathematics student from Bromley. In the past he has been heavily involved with LUUMS having been the principal trombonist of the Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Orchestra and the Brass Band at some point. He has been the manager of and a vital 2nd bass to the Chamber Choir. He was also the conductor of Sinfonia in the last year. After having experienced being at the centre of the the orchestra with Sinfonia, he is very much looking forward to taking it a step further with the Symphony Orchestra! Charlie’s musical experience began aged 6 when he started the piano. He then started learning the trombone aged 12 which was the best decision he ever made as it very quickly became his main instrument! As of recently he has been teaching himself the saxophone which has given him a stronger insight into the woodwind section. He has also been singing in choirs since he was 11, most notably the Bromley Boy Singers under the direction of Travis Baker and had the opportunity to perform in Notre-Dame. Outside of music, Charlie’s main passion is roller coasters not to mention having ridden over 100 different coasters across Europe and some of the US (including the world’s tallest roller coaster). He has also worked as a ride host at both Thorpe Park and Alton Towers.

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Matthew Tate


Matthew is a 3rd year (BA) Music student from Godalming, Surrey. He started playing cornet in his local brass band aged 6 and, after switching predominantly to the trumpet a couple of years later, he has played in a wide variety of wind, brass and orchestral groups ever since. Previously at university, Matthew has enjoyed playing in the LUUMS Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Symphonic Wind Orchestra and Brass Band. Over the last year, Matthew has really missed communal music and he is excited to see what musical opportunities the nexy year holds.