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.

Due to the current COVID-19 conditions, it is essential that we know who is planning to attend prior to the start of rehearsals.  To register for Music at Reading ensembles, please click here.

Music at Reading Ensembles:

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

Big Band
Chamber Orchestra
Auditions for Principal positions
The Choir
Chamber Choir
Team of Pianists
Auditions for some opportunities
Ensemble Leadership & Conducting


In normal times outside of COVID-19 restrictions, positions in Chamber Choir and Big Band would be auditioned.  However, during these unprecedented times auditions will take place at the discretion of the director as we gauge demand for positions. We are currently adapting our usual audition process, and you will be notified in advance if you are required to attend an audition.  If you are interested in joining an auditioned ensemble, please complete the registration form and information will be sent to you as soon as the process and numbers are confirmed.


RUMS Ensembles:

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

Jazz BandConcert BandString Ensemble
RUMS ChoirSax EnsembleBrass Band
Flute ChoirClarinet Choir


Full Timetable:

Session 1Jazz Band
Chamber Orchestra
RUMS Choir
The Choir
Sax Ensemble
Session 2Big Band
Concert Band
Brass Band
Chamber Choir
String Ensemble
Flute Choir
Clarinet Choir


COVID-19 Specific Conditions:

During these unprecedented times, Music at Reading 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 Music at Reading 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, please click here.

For The Choir and Chamber Orchestra, 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, Music at Reading activities will only be available to current UoR students and staff.  Regretfully we are unable to offer activities to alumni and community members until further notice.

Risk Assessment

Risk assessment for standard Music at Reading rehearsals, last updated 02/09/2020.


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


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