Oxford University String Ensemble (OUSE)
Oxford’s largest auditioning string ensemble
Conductor – Peter Bergamin
Assistant Conductor – Jacob Swindells
Manager – Polly Rylands-Richey
Treasurer – Ashleigh Tilley
Secretary – Sarah Mansfield
Social Secretary – Makoto Nakata
IT Manager – Jesse Liu
OUSE Trinity 2013 Concert
Mendelssohn String Symphony no. 7
The Oxford University String Ensemble is one of the more recent additions to OUMS. Founded in Michaelmas 2005 by Marc Gascoigne and Matt Bain, this auditioned University-wide ensemble provides a venue for rehearsing and performing challenging string repertoire at a high performance standard. Each year the orchestra goes on tour to the continent just after Michaelmas term.
Auditions for OUSE are held along with auditions for other OUMS ensembles, at the beginning of Michaelmas term and, if requested, Hilary and Trinity terms. OUSE may also consider applications at other times of year – please get in touch with the Manager for more information.
OUSE has performed in many different venues in Oxford, including the University Church, Merton Chapel, the Wesley Memorial Church, Christ Church cathedral and the Jacqueline Du Pre Music Room. In December 2007, 2008 and 2010 the orchestra went on tours to Paris, and in 2011 to the Netherlands.