LUUMS Symphony Orchestra 2023/24
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 Mahler’s Symphony No.1 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 Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite to Verdi’s Overture – La Forza del Destino. We perform 3 local concerts a year and 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 whole concerto with the Orchestra.
Thursdays 7.00pm – 9.30pm
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music
Ching Kwok (Naeva) (she/her)
Ching Kwok (Naeva) is currently a final year student studying Integrated Master in Music and Music Psychology at the University of Leeds. She started learning the Violin at the age of 4 and the clarinet at the age of 13. She had studied the violin for 4 years with Antonio Cucchiara as well as clarinet with Maria Payne at school and she is now studying violin with Ralph Dawson and conducting with Tony Kraus and Martin Pickard at the University of Leeds.
Since coming to Leeds, Ching play the violin in LUUMS Symphony Orchestra and also as a member of the Opera North Youth Orchestra. She has also done performance with The Sinfonia of Leeds, Leeds Youth Opera and The Leeds Gilbert & Sullivan Society. As a conductor She conducted LUUMS String Orchestra last year alongside with Charlie Terry, repertoire included Tchaikovsky Serenade for String, Rutter Suite for String, Beethoven Elegischer Gesang, Vivaldi Cello Concerto in B minor and Sibelius Impromptu.
She has an absolutely amazing past few years with LUUMS and cannot wait to take upon the challenging role as the conductor of Symph! The Managers and herself have a lot of exciting plan for this upcoming year!
James Horsley (he/him)
James (he/him) studies Music and is in his 3rd year at Leeds. He has been playing the piano for just over 10 years. He played the piano in his sixth-form chamber group and concerts throughout secondary school. James became involved with LUUMS in his second year, playing the piano for the symphony orchestra and was invited to play the harpsichord for the string orchestra in the Vivaldi cello concerto, he then decided to learn the harp 2 weeks before a concert for Mahler 1. James is excited to be managing the LUUMS Symphony Orchestra alongside Abigail.
Abi Turner (she/her)
Abi Turner is a BA Music graduate from Manchester. She began playing the flute when she was 9 and then went on to learn the piano at the age of 11. She is also a passionate choral singer. Abi has always enjoyed performing in ensembles and had done so during her time at college, in the concert choir, chamber choir and orchestra as well as being a member of the Hallé Youth Choir. Throughout her time at Leeds University, Abi has loved being a part of LUUMS, she has been a member of chorus, chamber choir, SWO and Symph. She also has had the pleasure of conducting Symphonic Choir and managing Chamber Choir. Abi is so excited to be managing Symph this year as she has had so much fun already. Outside of music, Abi enjoys spending time with her friends, usually at the pub, cooking (and eating) food at home.