The University of Reading has a wide range of ensembles to get involved in; whether you’re an instrumental player, a vocalist or a pianist there’s always something to get stuck into!  We enjoy a close relationship with the Reading University Music Society (RUMS) and our array of offerings ensure that there is something for everyone. Scroll down and click on the links for more information about each ensemble.

Music is Back!

We are delighted that in-person rehearsals are returning for UoR students and colleagues. During the summer term we’ve teamed up with RUMS to make one combined music programme which everyone is invited to join. Click here to find out more.


Keep reading to find out what we usually get up to…


UoR Music Ensembles:

All UoR Music ensembles are directed by professional musicians. You must be a member of UoR Music to join these ensembles.

Big Band
Currently Unauditioned
Chamber Orchestra
Auditions for Principal positions
Returning Autumn 2021
Team of Pianists
Auditions for some opportunities
Ensemble Leadership & Conducting
Returning in the Future
Concert Orchestra
New for Summer 2021


RUMS Ensembles:

All RUMS ensembles are directed by students and are unauditioned. You must be a member of RUMS to join these ensembles.

All of your favourite RUMS ensembles will return in the new academic year.

Jazz BandConcert BandString Ensemble
RUMS ChoirSax EnsembleBrass Band
Flute ChoirClarinet Choir


Full Timetable:

For reference only – please click here to see the timetable for Summer 2021.

*Larger ensembles will rehearse in Building L22, Rooms G03/4 to allow for social distancing.

**Smaller ensembles and workshop groups will take place in L29.

Session 1Chamber Orchestra
RUMS Choir
SSAA Choir
Jazz Band
Session 2Big Band
Concert Band
SAB Choir
String Ensemble


COVID-19 Specific Conditions:

During these unprecedented times, UoR Music is committed to working within government and university guidelines on the continuation of music activities to prioritise the health and safety of all our members.

As our activities are restricted to a maximum of 30 people at any one time, we are endeavouring to find ways of ensuring that all our members have an opportunity to be involved in UoR Music activities.  To achieve this we may need to operate with a flexible approach to rehearsals and anticipate that some schedules may need to be creatively adapted to accommodate larger participation numbers.

As such, it is vital that we receive registrations of interest for all of our ensembles prior to the starting date.  We will not be able to accommodate people who show up on the night without registering.  To register for activities during the summer term, please click here. If you are interested in joining from September 2021 onwards, please register your interest here.

For all ensembles, please be aware that as we have a room capacity of 30 people, if this number is exceeded we may need to split the ensemble into two groups that rehearse on alternate weeks.  We will confirm this once we have finalised registrations.

In accordance with University guidelines, UoR Music activities will only be available to current UoR students and colleagues.  Regretfully we are unable to offer activities to alumni and community members until further notice.

Risk Assessment

Risk assessment for standard UoR Music rehearsals, last updated 27/04/2021.


If you have any concerns relating to COVID-19 and your involvement in UoR Music activities, please contact Katie Whaley, Music Coordinator at music@reading.ac.uk


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