Faculty of Arts

Don't stop playing at uni

If you enjoy playing an instrument, there's no need to stop when you come to Nottingham.

From formal and challenging, to relaxed and easy listening, we've got groups that cover all instruments, all styles and all levels so you're sure to find the right fit for you.


At the heart of the playing scene on campus, Blowsoc has nine ensembles covering woodwind, brass,  percussion, double bass, and big band jazz players.

Catering for beginners' to level 8, the emphasis is on playing and having fun.

It's not all music making, with regular socials and an annual European tour all part of the mix.



When pandemic lockdowns interrupted in-person rehearsals Blowsoc kept their musical community intact.


The other core society for music makers, Mussoc, runs both auditioned and unauditioned groups.

Ensembles include symphony, string and early music orchestras, jazz group, salsa players and vocal groups covering opera, barbershop, chamber and more.

The social life is just as important, along with a not to be missed European tour.


Viva Voce

Mussoc's auditioned choir share their vocal skills in the Department of Music's rehearsal hall.


University orchestra

This auditioned orchestra is open to students, staff and alumni. Rehearsed by professional conductors they perform challenging work to a high standard. Working towards two or three concerts a year they usually join with the university choir for stunning performances at notable Nottingham venues like the Albert Hall or St Mary's Church.

Find out more about the orchestra

Philharmonia and Choir performing at the Albert Hall


It's not all organised music societies...

Chart-topping London Grammar formed while students here. They were all living in Ancaster Hall at the time, Dan saw a photo of Hannah playing a guitar and the rest, as they say, is history!



Faculty of Arts

University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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telephone: +44 (0) 115 846 8502
email: AR-Arts-Admin@nottingham.ac.uk