September 21, 2012, by Tim

Any plans for lunch..?

For a music student at the University of Nottingham, life does not just revolve around lectures and seminars. The Music Department is also home to three of the university’s biggest music societies, namely Mussoc, Opsoc and Blowsoc. Blowsoc is the society for wind, brass and percussion players and we’ve already been very busy this year! Our seven ensembles have been rehearsing hard and some have made their performance debut in our charity lunchtime concert series. This concert series is run in collaboration with Mussoc and raises money for a different local charity each month. Concerts take place every Tuesday and Friday in the Djanogly Recital Hall from 1:15pm and are completely free to attend. Highlights so far have been Blowsoc’s Brass Band, Mussoc’s Chamber Choir and a very special performance of Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring on (one!) piano by department professors Robert Adlington and Mervyn Cooke. Almost all the ensembles involved in the lunchtime concert series are open to all students of all abilities at the university. If you play an instrument or sing and want to get involved in performing with an ensemble, chances are we have something for you!

Last month we raised over £200 for the Firebird Trust , a local organisation that helps to support music making in schools. This month we are raising for Working in Tandem, a charity organised by students here at Nottingham that supports the delivery of educational services and the creation of new and better teaching resources in Tanzania. Upcoming highlights of the concert series include Mussoc’s Early Music Ensemble and Blowsoc’s outstanding Moonlighter’s Big Band who will be playing a selection of classic jazz and swing charts. For more information about the Lunchtime Concert Series as well as upcoming concerts by our Wind Orchestra and Moonlighters Big Band, have a look at our website:

Tim Jones

3rd year music student and Blowsoc society president

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