ℹ️ About Blowsoc

Established in 1992, we are a music society for people who play Woodwind, Brass, Percussion, Double Bass, and Big Band Jazz. We are avid about getting people involved and playing music, so it really doesn’t matter if you last played clarinet in primary school or you have your diploma on trumpet — you are always welcome and will be able to find an ensemble suitable for you! And we, of course, welcome students who are not Music students. In fact, three of our executive committee are Mathematicians.

🎼 Ensembles

We are home to 9 ensembles; 7 of which are unauditioned. As musicians ourselves, we fully understand that you will love biscuits. And that is exactly why we provide biscuits to every rehearsal!

🎼 Unauditioned Ensembles

These are ensembles where you can pay your membership and then turn up rehearsals without an audition.

🎼 Auditioned Ensembles

These are ensembles where you can pay your membership and then attend our ensemble auditions, usually held in Freshers’ Week.

🎭 Concerts and Performances

We have many concerts that we put on throughout the year.

🥪 Lunchtime Concerts

The most frequent are our Lunchtime Concerts (nearly) every Tuesday and Friday from 13:15 to 14:00 in the Djanogly Recital Hall. You can find out more here.

🙌 Blowsoc Outreach Program

Our smaller ensembles, as well as being involved in Lunchtime Concerts and charity concerts throughout the year, are also part of the Blowsoc Outreach Program. This is where these ensembles will play in a school or a care home. Please get in touch if you are a local school or care home and would like to have us play to you!

“Just to say one more big thank you to you and everyone in the saxophone ensemble for coming yesterday and giving us a brilliant performance. The children really enjoyed it and chatted about it in the class for the rest of the morning. Parents were asking about it this morning too, so they must have heard about it from the children.”

Saxes visiting Dunkirk Primary School

🏆 Competitions

Our Brass Band are very active, taking part in various contents such as UniBrass and other national events such as Whit Friday. Our With professional conductor, George Morton, our Wind Orchestra are also very active, having recently taken part in the 2019 NCBF Finals and won a Platinum award.

👗 Ball Hire

Moonlighters Big Band are often hired for music at society balls in and around Nottingham. Please get in touch if you would like to hire Moons.

One of our students conducting 'Tourchestra' in Berlin 2019.
One of our students conducting ‘Tourchestra’ in Berlin 2019.

📏 Conducting

All of our ensembles are entirely ran by students, and all ensembles (besides Wind Orchestra) are conducted by students too! We have conducting workshops throughout the year to teach those new to conducting, as well as more advanced workshops for those that know a little more about waving their arms about. We also provide auditioned opportunities for conducting ensembles such as Wind Orchestra and the University Philharmonic Orchestra.

👪 The Committee

We have a two-tier committee system: executive and artistic.

🧙 Execuitive Committee

Our executive committee help with the overall running of the society, as well as larger concerts and socials throughout the year such as the Christmas Concert and Summer Ball.

Matt Smith

President

Hannah Kemp

Vice-President

Hannah plays the Oboe but likes to dabble with other woodwind instruments too. When not playing music she is being a Geographer; climbing mountains, wading in lakes and collecting algae!

Ollie Cowling

General Secretary, Concert Band Conductor, and Saxophones Conductor

Ollie is a second year music student who plays trumpet and piano. He can always be found in the department, mainly pretending to practice! Feel free to contact me with any questions 🙂

Jed Roylance

Social Secretary, and Moonlighters Musical Director

Jed is a 3rd year music technology student, playing trombone in a lot of the ensembles. A friendly face who enjoys spitting biscuit crumbs down his trombone.

Oli Moring

Tour Manager

Maddy Teshola

Treasurer

Adam Blakey

Publicity and Marketing Officer

Adam's first instrument is clarinet. In his spare time he does publicity things and perhaps other things too. He occasionally goes outside, but not often.

Catherine Dennison

Ensembles Coordinator

Catherine is a third year music student who plays flute. In her spare time she likes to play the piano and take part in many different music ensembles.

🧚 Artistic Committee

These guys are the people you may see more of day-to-day. They run the individual ensembles, complete with concert-organising, conducting, and biscuit-getting.

Matthew Hollingworth

Brass Band Manager

Matthew is a second year Mathematics student who plays the Bass Trombone. Habitually at the pub every week after band, and always open for messages for any questions whatsoever.

John Grealey

Brass Band Conductor

John is a third year mathematician whose first instrument is tuba but also dabbles in the viola. In his spare time he is often found at the pub or watching the football, and on occasionally goes hiking.

Ollie Cowling

General Secretary, Concert Band Conductor, and Saxophones Conductor

Ollie is a second year music student who plays trumpet and piano. He can always be found in the department, mainly pretending to practice! Feel free to contact me with any questions 🙂

Hannah Heilbuth

Double Reeds Conductor

Hannah's first instrument is the Oboe although she also plays cor anglais and sings as a choral scholar in the Saint Peter's Church Choir. When she's not playing music, she's sleeping and supposedly working on her legal studies for her law degree.

Ellie Rennie

Moonlighters Manager

Ellie plays the trumpet as a degree and also as a hobby, which works out very well. In her spare time she enjoys baking and watching repeat episodes of trash tv to procrastinate from uni work (but not from moonlighters managerial work of course).

Jed Roylance

Social Secretary, and Moonlighters Musical Director

Jed is a 3rd year music technology student, playing trombone in a lot of the ensembles. A friendly face who enjoys spitting biscuit crumbs down his trombone.

Harry Jackson

Percussion Manager

Harry’s first instrument is percussion. In his spare time he studies Chemistry.

Beth Taylor

Saxophones Manager

Beth studies Natural Sciences and loves playing saxophone with Blowsoc. She is really looking forward to this year and is always keen to help.

Hannah Treacher

Saxophones Conductor, and Wind Orchestra Personnel Manager

Hannah is a second year music student who's been living, sleeping and breathing all things saxophone for nine years now. You will usually find her in the music department eating, rehearsing or pretending to work.

Amber Frost

Wind Orchestra Concerts Manager