ℹ️ About

We are a music society based at the University of Nottingham, working with the local community to raise funds for charity and performance opportunities for students.

Great music

We make some pretty great music. In fact, our Wind Orchestra won a Platinum Award at the NCBF final 2019.

Unauditioned ensembles

We are super keen on people getting involved in making some music. Whether you're interested in instrument-specific ensembles such as Clarinets or Saxophones, or perhaps our largest ensemble β€” Concert Band!


As well as making some great music, we are all keen to make new friends and socialise. We put on many socials throughout the year (both drinking and non-drinking), so keep an eye out if you want to join in!

πŸŽ‰ Welcome from Joe

Hello and welcome to Blowsoc! I’m Joe and I’m really excited to be the Blowsoc President for this year! As a society, we offer playing and conducting opportunities for all woodwind, brass and percussion players. We have nine different ensembles, all of which are unauditioned except for our Wind Orchestra and Moonlighters Big Band, so there’s really something for everybody no matter what level you’re at and what style of music you’re into!

There’s also a really active social side to the society, with both whole society and ensemble events running throughout the year including a European tour in Easter, this year to Belgium! We’re really looking forward to welcoming all of our members, new and old, back into the department for lots of in person playing and socials, and we’ll be doing everything we can to make sure that everyone feels safe along the way.

You don’t have to be a Music student to come and join us – I’m actually one of four physics students on our executive committee this year!

Check out the rest of our website for more details on our ensembles and social calendar, and please don’t hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any questions about joining the society!#

Joe Gibson

President of Blowsoc 2021/22

πŸ‘ͺ Meet the Committee

These are the executive committee members that do the day-by-day running of the society.
Joe Gibson

Joe Gibson


Hello everyone, I'm Joe, my pronouns are he/him, and i'll your President this year. I'm a third year Physics student and I play the Bassoon, Clarinet, Piano and Sax. I can't wait to start working with all of the other amazing members of committee to make sure that everyone has a great time this year, and welcome as many new members to the society as possible!

Rose Shepherd

Rose Shepherd


Hi, I'm Rose, my pronouns are she/her, and I am going to be the Vice President of Blowsoc this year. I'm in my fourth and final year of Physics and I play Clarinet, Bassoon and Sax. I'm looking forward to welcoming lots of new people to Blowsoc this year and hopefully getting to organise some in person concerts, I can't wait for our first rehearsals!

Rebekah Dussek

Rebekah Dussek

General Secretary

Hi, I’m Rebekah, my pronouns are she/her, and I am the General Secretary of Blowsoc this year. I’m a third year History student and I play the flute and clarinet. I’m really looking forward to getting back to in-person playing (fingers crossed!) and getting to meet new members of the society!

Ailish Gray

Ailish Gray

Social Secretary

Hi, I'm Ailish, my pronouns are she/her and I am the Social Secretary for Blowsoc this year! I am a 3rd year Physics student and play the Oboe. I am really excited to be able to welcome new members this year, meet people in person and come up with some new ideas for socials.

Katie Jones

Katie Jones

Tour Manager

Hello everyone! I'm Kate, and my pronouns are she/her. I am so excited to be your tour manager for this year. I study music and I am in my third year. I play flute mainly, but can also play piano and guitar. I am really looking forward to rehearsals to return and for everyone to have a banging time on tour this year! I can't wait to see everyone playing again!

Freya Sage

Freya Sage


Hi I’m Freya! (She/Her) I’m a third year maths student, I play flute, piano and saxophone and this year I’m the treasurer for Blowsoc and one of the flutes conductors. I’m really looking forward to getting back to in person rehearsals and socials (although I’m partial to a Kahoot! quiz!) as well as hopefully raising lots of funds and money for charity.

Lucy Baker

Lucy Baker

Ensembles Coordinator

Hey, I'm Lucy and I am Blowsoc's Ensembles Coordinator this year. I'm a fourth year Natural Sciences student and I play clarinet and soprano saxophone. I'm incredibly excited to help get our ensembles back up and running in person this year, and just generally getting back to how Blowsoc should be!

Claire Lucas

Claire Lucas

Wellbeing Coordinator

Hi, I'm Claire, my pronouns are they/them and I am this year's Wellbeing Coordinator!! I am a 4th year studying Chemistry and Molecular Physics, and I play piano and flute. I am so excited to be a part of executive committee, and I can't wait to meet everyone who is joining the society this year, as well as run some fun wellbeing events! My inbox is always open so feel free to message me any time πŸ’™

Holly Davis

Publicity and Marketing Officer

Hi! I’m Holly (she/her), I’m in my third year at Nottingham studying History. I play clarinet and tenor sax (badly!). I’m really excited to get involved in Blowsoc this year and finally get back to playing in person!

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πŸ“§ Get in Touch

We don't bite (well not email-senders anyway), so drop us a line if you'd like to find out more about Blowsoc!

Find us Every Wednesday

We rehearse the majority of our ensembles between 13:00 and 21:30 on a Wednesday.

Drop us an email

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