OUMS Executive Committee 2017-2018
Hi! I’m David, a composer and pianist studying music at Worcester College. In my time at Oxford so far, I have been involved with OU Orchestra, OU Chorus, OU Sinfonietta, OU String Ensemble, Addinsell Sinfonia, and Ensemble ISIS. I regularly perform solo recitals throughout Oxford and enjoy chamber music and accompanying. I also play an active part in musical life in college, where I am the music society concert fixer and hold an instrumental scholarship. Before beginning my studies at Oxford, I was in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain and studied at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music.
Feel free to get in touch with me at email@example.com if you want to know more about getting involved in music making in Oxford.
A longer biography can be found at www.davidpalmercomposer.com.
Hi! I’m a first year music student and choral scholar at Worcester College. During my time in Oxford so far I’ve had some wonderful opportunities as a singer, conductor, composer and oboist. From being the conductor of Oxford University Symphonic Band and Worcester College Orchestra to playing the oboe in various ensembles around Oxford, I have found that there are so many opportunities to suit everyone! For me some highlights have been playing in the pit bands for a couple of musicals, as well as working on scores and sound design for various productions. As a composer I have found lots of opportunities in Oxford for new music, including having tuition from the composer of the musicals ‘Miss Saigon’ and Les Misérables’, Claude-Michel Schönberg.
Having done work experience in London, fundraising and supporting an access scheme for The Academy of St. Martin in the Field’s Orchestra I’m excited to use experience in my OUMS role. As Vice President I will be looking for sponsorship so that we can maintain the Music Society’s ensembles. We’re also currently in discussion about adding more Outreach activities to OUMS in order to help take our Music Society activities into the local community. My advice is to get involved with as much as you can while you’re here and do come and find me if you have any ideas for how we can enhance music in Oxford!
Hi! I’m a music undergraduate at St Hilda’s, and a principal study singer. My free time at Oxford is neatly divided between singing in choirs, singing in productions, holding vocal recitals and well. . . you get the picture. I’m particularly interested in opera, both practically and academically, and before coming to Oxford have been performing with Opera Brava and Glyndebourne Youth Opera, including a world premiere. I’ve also had experience working in administration with Brighton Early Music Festival and The Royal Opera House, skills I’m hoping I can now share with OUMS.
I’m on the committee as Treasurer this year, and so will be looking after the distribution of funding between ensembles and the general overseeing of finances. I’d definitely recommend getting involved which as much music as you can – there is an incredible amount of opportunities for performers and composers, not to mention countless of great professional and student concerts!
Hello! I’m Claire, a fourth year studying Chinese at Wadham College. I learned various instruments as a child through my county’s Music Centre scheme, starting with the recorder when I was five. I also sang with my school choir, including tours to Carlisle, Durham, Liverpool, Southwark and St Paul’s cathedrals.
My main instrument is the violin, and while at Oxford I have played with OU String Ensemble, Keble String Orchestra, Trinity College Orchestra and Turl Street Orchestra, as well as playing in the band for student productions ‘Anna Karenina’ (5th Week Hilary 2017) and ‘About the Unsaid’ (Edinburgh Fringe 2017). During my year abroad I also took up the viola and sang in Beijing’s Shout Rock Choir.
As OUMS Secretary I distribute the weekly newsletter, making sure that students stay up to date with all the musical events and opportunities in Oxford and further afield. If you would like to advertise in the newsletter you can get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org
I’m a second year physicist at Wadham college, but spend almost all my free time playing my clarinets and bass clarinet, plus any clarinets anyone else lets me have a go with. I can usually be found playing clarinet in Ensemble ISIS and bass clarinet for OUO, though I often play with many other groups on an ad-hoc basis. I have also played alongside the Hallé orchestra twice, and the BBC Philharmonic at the 2016 proms. I am still only slowly coming to terms with the fact that I may never own a contrabass clarinet, nor an Ab supersopranino.
As webmaster, I update and maintain the OUMS website and the associated mailing lists and player databases, and I also (separately) administrate the OUO website. Any website-related queries or suggestions would be welcome at email@example.com.