OUWO (the Oxford University Wind Orchestra), one of OUMS’ ensembles, yesterday received a Gold award in the Open Wind Band Class of the Midlands Regional Round of the National Concert Band Festival, beating the University of Warwick’s wind band and the Phoenix Wind Band.
The ensemble, conducted by Francis Shepherd, performed The Year of the Dragon by Philip Sparke, and received very positive comments from the two adjudicators at the festival.
If you’d like to hear OUWO playing The Year of the Dragon live, along with a number of other pieces including 633 Squadron and Dambusters, their termly concert is on Saturday 30th November. More details about the concert and tickets can be found on OUWO’s website, ouwo.oums.org.
OUWO’s Gold Award
Jess Eastwood, OUWO Manager, with the Gold Award
Francis Shepherd, OUWO conductor, with the Gold Award
UPDATE: Here’s a recording of OUWO’s performance, live at the festival:
As of September 2013, the Oxford University Jazz Orchestra has become an affiliated OUMS Ensemble.
All of us on the OUMS committee are extremely excited to welcome OUJO to the society, ready for the busy Michaelmas term ahead. OUJO is the university’s premiere big band, and are well known from their performances at balls, dinners, and concerts throughout Oxford and beyond. They have twice won the BBC big band award, and they enjoy performing a wide range repertoire with great headliners year upon year. You can have a look at their website to find out more!
What does this mean for OUMS members?
OUMS exists to further the performance and appreciation of music within the University. The affiliation of OUJO means that we can now extend a new musical opportunity to many of our members. Wind, percussion and brass players participating in the Michaelmas OUMS auditions are encouraged to consider also auditioning for OUJO. You can find information about the OUJO auditions on by visiting their website.
All OUMS members can also be sure to hear about OUJO concerts in good time through the OUMS newsletter – OUJO perform at least three sell-out performances a year, and we will be sure to give you ample notice to get your tickets!
A warm welcome to all OUJO players and audiences!
Are you looking for a new choral challenge? Would you like to sing concerts at major venues outside Oxford, broadcast on Radio 3 and tour to the USA? All this is happening to Somerville Choir in the next academic year. Choral awards are available for the best singers.
We are holding a party in the Denis Arnold Hall at the Music Faculty from 2-4pm on Saturday 8th June (7th Week) to celebrate the launch of our new logo and website. Come along to chat to the members of the executive committee about your ideas for OUMS over the coming year, listen to some amazing music (performers TBC), and get a free OUMS Instrument Case Sticker.
Drinks will be provided and the event is totally FREE and open to all, so do come along! You can sign up by clicking here.
When: 2-4pm, Saturday 8th June Where: Denis Arnold Hall, Music Faculty
P.S. If you’re a finalist and would a like the chance to perform part of your Finals performance programme in this informal setting (up to 10 mins) or if you are part of a band/ensemble that would like to perform please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks from me to Oliver Schofield, who designed this website, Nick Graham (OUMS Secretary), who designed the first draft on which this site is based, and Will Neaverson, who designed our amazing new logo.