Welcome to Oxford University Music Society.
Last year, we put on one concert. On the last day of the last term of the year, a socially-distanced Oxford University Orchestra performed Sibelius’s Symphony no. 2 to a socially-distanced audience in the Sheldonian Theatre. With players emerging as teary as the patrons, the event was testament to how much Oxford had missed live music.
Whilst virtual rehearsals performances showed members’ creative commitment and enduring passion, there was always something missing from our online experiences. Returning to in-person music-making, however, is both a relief and a risk. We want to make the transition to live music as safely as possible: many of our members and audience-members will be vulnerable, feel uncomfortable, or require adjustments, and we can’t let them down.
For this reason, we won’t be aiming to ‘go back’ to the old OUMS; we’ll be striving for a more accessible, inclusive OUMS. Instrumentalists will have the option of auditioning virtually, concerts will be livestreamed, our free chamber recital series will relaunch, new opportunities for composers will be introduced, and we will keep growing our new-found community of local schools and organisations.
This new OUMS will coincide with the Society’s 150th anniversary. Looking forward to the next 150 years, we will be using the occasion to launch a new supporters’ scheme, encouraging our loyal and loving audience members to help us do what we do best: music.