Department of Music

The Summer Festival of Music

The Summer Festival of Music, organised by Lakeside Arts Centre in collaboration with the University of Nottingham's Mussoc and Blowsoc, will celebrate the arrival of summer with three evening concerts accompanied by a series of free concerts.

Mussoc – the University’s music society, and Blowsoc – the University’s wind and brass society, are open to all students and include several ensembles, both auditioned and un-auditioned. Both societies are entirely managed and conducted by students.

The University Choir and University Philharmonia are managed by Lakeside Arts Centre, giving students at the University the opportunity to perform under professional conductors. The Choir is un-auditioned, welcoming students, staff and alumni of the University of Nottingham and is conducted by Calum Fraser. The Philharmonia is a large auditioned symphony orchestra conducted by Jonathan Tilbrook. For the Summer Festival, the University Philharmonia is collaborating with Mussoc to form the University Festival Orchestra, conducted by Jonathan Tilbrook and student conductors Daniella Blackford and Samuel Blade.

The Summer Festival has three main evening concerts which are ticketed:

The University Wind Orchestra and Moonlighters Big Band

Blowsoc showcases some of its finest musical talents as the society's two auditioned ensembles, Wind Orchestra and Moonlighters Big Band, join forces as part of the Summer Festival. Conducted by students Adam Whittaker and Matthew Wigley, the Wind Orchestra celebrates the upcoming Commonwealth games to be held in Glasgow this summer with an exciting and diverse programme. After the interval, Moonlighters Big Band under student conductor George French will entertain with a programme of popular Big Band classics as well as several more adventurous contemporary works.

Choral Evening

The Choral Evening features Viva Voce – Mussoc’s auditioned chamber choir; Coro Sorelle – Mussoc’s un-auditioned female choir; Man choir – Mussoc un-auditioned male choir, and the University Choir. This concert includes a large, diverse programme with all choirs performing separately before one collaborative performance of Howard Goodall’s Love Divine.

University Festival Orchestra

The Summer Festival draws to a close with the University Festival Orchestra, featuring postgraduate student Stephen Kenny performing Alexander Arutiunian’s virtuosic Trumpet Concerto. It features student conductors Daniella Blackford and Samuel Blade and professional conductor Jonathan Tilbrook.

The Summer Festival also includes several free lunchtime and afternoon concerts:

World Fusion, Contempo and Strings - three of Mussoc’s un-auditioned ensembles.

Clarinets and Saxes – two of Blowsoc’s un-auditioned small ensembles.

Wind Quintet – a student formed quintet, featuring the most talented of performers from Mussoc and Blowsoc.

Brass ensemble – one of Blowsoc’s un-auditioned ensembles.

Third Year Farewell - a concert organised by Mussoc and Blowsoc featuring final year students who will be moving on after graduating this summer.


Posted on Friday 6th June 2014

Department of Music

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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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