Oxford University Music Society


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OUMS Covid 19 Guidance Booklet 1.0

In light of the recent events concerning the coronavirus we, the new executive committee, would like to issue a statement on the future of OUMS.

Due to the pandemic, unfortunately all OUMS Trinity term concerts will be cancelled following the Government’s restrictions and for the safety of our players and the audience. Furthermore residence in Oxford is extremely unlikely, thereby preventing the physical meeting of our groups. However, OUMS is excited and committed to continue supporting music making by the members of Oxford University from across the world.
In addition to publicising and assisting the work of our ensembles, we are working on many projects including competitions, online performances and outreach opportunities. If you have not already, please follow us on our social media sites and watch for more information on our future events.

Our thoughts and sympathies are with those impacted by the coronavirus, and we would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to all of those helping the country respond to the virus. Music has the ability to provide relaxation and calm during this anxious period, and social connection at a time of isolation. We hope you stay healthy and safe.

If you have any questions please feel free to email president@oums.org.

OUMS Executive Committee 2020-21

About OUMS

The Oxford University Music Society was founded in 1872, making it one of Oxford’s oldest and most prestigious societies. It was founded to promote the appreciation and performance of music within the University. For the last 140 years we have been a central focus for Oxford’s rich musical life, for students, academics, and members of the Oxford public. Being a member of OUMS does not necessarily mean that you are performer, but that you enjoy music in some form or another.

What do we do?

“The Musical Hub of Oxford”

OUMS aims to encourage mass participation in music. As well as co-ordinating many auditioned ensembles, including the flagship Oxford University Orchestra, the society runs two non-auditioning ensembles – the Chorus and the University Brass Band. In addition, OUMS is looking to play a big part in improving and increasing the provision of college music so that everyone, whatever their skill, can get involved.

OUMS also aims to be the hub of music for anyone in Oxford. As well as orchestrating the majority of Oxford’s student concerts, we also provide a weekly events newsletter during term time to all our registered members (visit Get Involved to be added to this mailing list).

Who makes up OUMS?

OUMS is run by an Executive Committee, as well as the managers of each of the affiliated ensembles. We also aim to include the ideas and opinions of each college music society when we make decisions. However, OUMS itself is made up by everyone who participates in music at Oxford – playing or listening. There is no membership fee or regular commitment, so don’t hesitate to get involved in music at Oxford!

You can also Contact Us if you have any questions about OUMS or musical life at Oxford.
To join our mailing list, please email secretary@oums.org or webmaster@oums.org.

Who supports OUMS?

OUMS is supported generously by the Music Faculty. For more information, click here. We are also grateful to sponsors past and present, and are always looking to form new sponsorship arrangements.