Department of Music


Performance activities at Nottingham are coordinated by Lakeside Arts Centre, the Music Department and the two principal student music societies Mussoc and Blowsoc. 

See the menu links on the left to learn more about the wide range of musical activity in the Department.

Working with professional musicians

Our students get the opportunity to work with professional musicians who are invited to give lectures, workshops and coaching.

Lakeside Arts Centre

The Lakeside Arts Centre stages regular professional concerts and strongly supports the activities of the student music ensembles. Lakeside also administers the two largest ensembles, the University Philharmonia and University Choir.

Mussoc and Blowsoc

The thriving and energetic student-run music societies Mussoc and Blowsoc organise many of the Department's performing groups, as well as regular social events and an annual tour. There are numerous opportunities to get involved with the running of these societies.


The Djanogly Recital Hall (part of Lakeside Arts Centre and situated within the Music Department) is a first-class concert hall and the principal venue for chamber music on campus.  We also have a purpose-built rehearsal hall and a suite of 15 well-equipped practice rooms. For more details visit our facilities page.

Music scholarships

The three largest churches in the city of Nottingham offer choral scholarships for music students; these are available at St Mary’sSt Barnabas and St Peter’s.  Many Departmental singers participate in these choirs, creating a strong bond between the Department and musical life in the city.

The Department also awards ten Music Prizes every year to recognise outstanding achievements in performance, dissertation projects and end of year/course marks.  The Hallward Prize for Composition is also awarded annually for outstanding achievement in composition.

performance opportunities in the Department of Music

Useful links

  • Download the Student Guide to Musical Life  PDF format
  • Lakeside Arts Centre
  • Mussoc
  • Blowsoc

Department of Music

The University of Nottingham
Lakeside Arts Centre
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 951 5841