Reading University Music Society Review – Why You Should Come Along Too

Emily gives us some insight into the Reading University Music Society.

I joined RUMS back in October 2017, deciding that even though I wasn’t a fresher, I certainly shouldn’t miss out on the activities on offer that I’d been missing out on in my first year. I’d been a bit bowled over by the societies on offer and ended up not joining as many as I thought I would. By second year I decided to be gutsy and join the student led music society. I must confess that I didn’t even know where the London Road campus was until a committee member walked me there and I met everyone, who all seemed at first to be excitedly brandishing instruments. You see, I wanted to try something new and joining a choir seemed like good fun. I hadn’t sung properly in a group since the days of the dreaded primary school plays and thankfully the choir at RUMS is far more in tune than a bunch of 11-year olds.

After the first session I was most certainly hooked and have since performed in 3 of the termly concerts that RUMS holds and have started playing percussion in Concert Band too. It’s made me a far more confident person, knowing I could learn a new skill and I find that singing for an hour once a week is a great relief from the stresses of deadlines and is often a great laugh in rehearsals too. Within a year of joining the society I got the courage to stand for the committee and can now proudly say I am the publicist for RUMS, getting to create artwork for the posters and encouraging new members to all of our ensembles.

I may have elaborated on why I joined RUMS, but here’s some pointers as to why you should give it a go too:

  • Music is a great relief for stress and improves mental alertness (which we all need when you’ve got two lectures back to back on a Tuesday).
  • It’s only £10.50 for the whole year so it won’t break the bank.
  • We’re going to a West End show in 2019.

Lots of concerts to take part in, which is a great way to make your parents proud and say you’re spending your student loan well and not on VKs at Union!

 

(Our summer concert: credit to RUMS)

We’d love to see some new members to our society, so if you play an instrument or would like to sing in our choir, visit our website here. We have lots of ensembles available which practice weekly and none of these are auditioned, with monthly socials too. Come along, get involved and see what RUMS is all about.

Feminism for All!

Liam gives us an introduction to the University’s Feminist Society.

Hey guys, I hope you are all well! Today I wanted to tell you about the University’s Feminist Society, the ways in which the Society has made me a better person, and why you should join!

So what actually is the University’s Feminist Society?

FemSoc was re-established in 2018 after being inactive for two years, and their welcomed return marks the centenary of women gaining the right to vote in the United Kingdom.

They host a wide array of events—which includes lectures, debates, socials, etc.—that aim to create a safe, inclusive, and informative space for supporters of feminism.

My personal experience with FemSoc

On October the 18th I attended the Society’s first event of the year, entitled ‘Ain’t I a Woman?’, which celebrated women of colour across the globe. The event’s proceeds were generously donated to a breast cancer awareness charity called CoppaFeel!

The FemSoc committee members thanking everyone for the great turnout.

There were three guest speakers in attendance: Selina Patankar-Owens, Head of Student Wellbeing Services; Marissa Joseph, Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at Henley Business School; and Teni Onabanjo, University of Oxford Graduate and Barrister. In their respective talks they spoke about the challenges they faced as ethnic minority women and how they overcame said challenges. As a direct result of this event, I have gained a new self-awareness of my own privileges in society as a white, straight male; I have also better developed my ability to listen and learn from everyone’s individual experiences.

Why should you join?
  1. A better campus life: I firmly believe FemSoc’s values—which include pro-active feminism, intersectionality, and inclusivity—are fundamental to making campus life safer and more enjoyable for all staff and students.
  2. Original perspectives: University is all about learning new perspectives to enrich your understanding of the world around you, so why not come to a feminist debate and listen to some challenging ideas? (Plus, free snacks and drinks are such blessings.)
  3. Community: One of the biggest benefits of joining FemSoc is that you meet students who all believe in one essential ideology: the support for women’s rights. Who in the world doesn’t want friends that are feminists?

If you would like further information regarding the Reading University FemSoc, please click here for a link to their Facebook page.

Thanks guys, have a lovely day!