ℹ️ About Blowsoc

Current and past members of Blowsoc at Blowsoc’s 25th anniversary.

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, two of our executive committee are Physicists.

Why not watch our 20/21 introductory video from our President Ollie and Vice President Kyle!

🎼 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 Welcome 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 Monday 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!

We absolutely loved your visit and I received lots of positive feedback from teachers along the lines of “it was so good for all of the children to hear live music as they rarely get the opportunity to” and “some of the children’s faces were amazing, they were so engaged”. Staff were also impressed with how you spoke about the instruments and the QA session at the end. The feedback from the children themselves was also very positive and we’ve had several KS2 children saying how they are going to ask for instruments for Christmas.

Saxophones visiting Glapton Academy

🏆 Competitions

Our Brass Band are very active, taking part in various national events such as Whit Friday and contents such as UniBrass, having placed 5th in the UniBrass Trophy in 2020. With professional conductor, George Morton, our Wind Orchestra are also very active, having taken part in the 2019 NCBF Finals winning a Platinum award, and being invited to the 2020 NCBF Finals as well.

We also run some of our own competitions such as our Wind Orchestra Arranging Competition.

👗 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.

📏 Conducting

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

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 as a assistant conductor and the University Philharmonic Orchestra.

👪 The Committee

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

🧙 Executive 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.

Ollie Cowling

President, Concert Band Conductor, and Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductor

Hi, I'm Ollie and I'll be the President, one of the Concert Band Conductors and one of the Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductors this year! I'm a third year music student and I play the trumpet and piano. My main role this year will be talking to the SU and other music societies making sure that we are running as smoothly and safely alongside each other as possible. I'm also looking forward to conducting Concert Band for the second year and trying to find some great music for us to play!

Kyle Campbell

Vice-President, and Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductor

Hello! I'm Kyle, the Vice-President of Blowsoc this year and I am a 4th year Postgraduate Music Student. I am a principal study clarinettist but also play the Sax. I have been part of Blowsoc for the past 3 years and have taken part in many of the ensembles throughout my time at university. I am really looking forward to welcoming new members to the society and organising some of our larger concerts and Trips!

Jasmine Newton-Rae

General Secretary

Hi, I’m Jasmine and I’m the Gen Sec of Blowsoc this year!! I’m a third year Classics student and play the Flute and (occasionally) the Piccolo. I’m really looking forwards to doing the weekly emails and spending another year as a member of Blowsoc!!

Freya Sage

Social Secretary, and Flutes Conductor

Hey, I’m Freya - I’m the social sec and one of the flutes conductors for this year! I’m a second year maths student and I play flute and saxophone. I can’t wait to organise lots of socially-distanced-socials (and hopefully some normal ones!) this year as well as conducting some good flute pieces!!

Harry Jackson

Tour Manager

Hi everyone. I'm Harry and I am the Tour Manager for Blowsoc for this year. I'm a third year Chemistry student and play the violin, percussion and I sing in my spare time. I'm really thrilled to be able to run the tour this year, especially as we'll be going to Cologne, Germany. Looking forward to saying hi to everyone once we are all back at uni.

Gemma Seed

Treasurer

Hiya, I’m Gemma and I’m the Blowsoc Treasurer for this year! I’m in my second year of Economics and play the Trumpet. I’m looking forward to working with the committee to see how we can safely rehearse and perform this year! (And hopefully remembering how to hold my trumpet right?🥴)

Joe Gibson

Publicity and Marketing Officer

Hi, i'm Joe and i'll be the Publicity and Marketing Officer for Blowsoc this year. I'm a second year Physics student and I play the Bassoon, Clarinet, Piano and Sax. I'm really looking forward to helping run Blowsoc this year, I am especially excited for coming up with new ways for members to get involved with the society and, maybe even more importantly, Society Merch!!!

Rose Shepherd

Ensembles Coordinator

Hi, I'm Rose and I'm the Ensembles Coordinator for Blowsoc this year. I'm a third year physics student and I play bassoon, clarinet and sax. I'm looking forward to arranging outreach opportunities for the society and finding new ways of engaging until we can meet as usual.

Rebekah Dussek

Wellbeing Coordinator

Hello, I’m Rebekah and this year I am the Well-being Coordinator! I primarily play the flute but since lockdown have also taken up the clarinet! I’m a third year History student and this will be my third year in Blowsoc as well. I’m really excited to be Blowsoc’s first official well-being coordinator and hope to be able to offer plenty of support and advice to all members. Keep an eye out for specific wellbeing-related socials as well!

🧚 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.

Lucy Baker

Clarinets Manager

Hello, I'm Lucy and I am this year's Clarinets Manager. I'm a third year Natural Sciences student and I play the clarinet and soprano saxophone. This year I'm really looking forward to welcoming lots of new members and trying to increase the publicity of the clarinet ensemble. I'm also excited to play some student arrangements and compositions this year!

Adam Blakey

Clarinets Conductor

I'm Adam and I'm one of the Clarinet Conductors this year. I play (perhaps unsurprisingly) the clarinet, and I'm currently a first year Mathematics PhD student. I'm really positive about the year ahead and I'm really excited to be part of the Clarinets team making some awesome woodwind-y sounds!

Hannah Kemp

Clarinets Conductor

Hi, I'm Hannah and this year I am one of the conductors of Blowsoc's Clarinet Ensemble. I am in the 2nd year of an Environmental Geography PhD and I play the Oboe, although I like to dabble with other woodwind instruments as well! I am very excited to lead rehearsals and help create a fun and friendly atmosphere in the ensemble.

Jess Harvey

Concert Band Manager

Hi, I’m Jess and I’m the Concert Band Manager for this year! I’m a second year Music student and I play the piano, saxophone and a bit of clarinet! I’m very excited to be involved with Blowsoc this year and I hope to continue create a family feel to the ensemble and have some amazing socials!!

Ollie Cowling

President, Concert Band Conductor, and Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductor

Hi, I'm Ollie and I'll be the President, one of the Concert Band Conductors and one of the Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductors this year! I'm a third year music student and I play the trumpet and piano. My main role this year will be talking to the SU and other music societies making sure that we are running as smoothly and safely alongside each other as possible. I'm also looking forward to conducting Concert Band for the second year and trying to find some great music for us to play!

Richard Shaw

Concert Band Conductor

Hi, I'm Richard (they/them pronouns please). I'm a 3rd year maths student. I play clarinet but I also attempt to play percussion and piano. I'm looking forward to leading concert band having worked with clarinets for the last couple of years. It's going to be an amazing challenge but one I'm sure everyone will enjoy.

Ailish Gray

Double Reeds Manager

Hi, I’m Ailish and manager of double reeds. I am a 2nd year Physics student, play the oboe and occasionally attempt the cor anglais. I am really looking forward to the selecting of the biscuits and getting back together with Double Reeds for another awesome year!

Molly Simpson

Double Reeds Conductor

My name is Molly and I'm the Double Reeds Conductor this year. I'm a second year Zoology student and I play the oboe and cor anglais, along with any other woodwind instruments that I can get my hands on, including medieval shawms, crumhorns, bagpipes and a baroque oboe. I'm excited to conduct my own arranged pieces and perform them in LTCs and other concerts.

Emily Knighton

Flutes Manager

Hi, I'm Emily and I will be Flutes Manager this year! I am a third year law student and I play the flute (and I'm attempting to learn alto sax...). I'm really looking forward to being more involved with Blowsoc this year as flutes manager, particularly in helping choose which music to play, along with the conductors, Freya and Harriet, organising socials and hopefully arranging some outreach opportunities such as school visits 🙂

Freya Sage

Social Secretary, and Flutes Conductor

Hey, I’m Freya - I’m the social sec and one of the flutes conductors for this year! I’m a second year maths student and I play flute and saxophone. I can’t wait to organise lots of socially-distanced-socials (and hopefully some normal ones!) this year as well as conducting some good flute pieces!!

Harriet Lowe

Flutes Conductor

Hello! I'm Harriet, a second year Music student who enjoys playing the flute and piccolo. This year I will be one of the conductors of our Flute Ensemble, and I'm very excited for us to play a great selection of music which will not only put a smile on our faces but also spread joy to others outside of our ensemble!

Anna Jones

Moonlighters Manager

Hi, I’m Anna and I will be the manager of Moonlighters Big Band this year! I am a third year Medical student and I play the sax. I can’t wait to planning gigs (whether it be for society balls or sets out in Nottingham) and organising amazing socials and merch, as always!!

Fraser Buckley

Moonlighters Musical Director

Hey, I'm Fraser and this year I'll be the Musical Director of Moonlighters Big Band. I'm a 2nd year medic and play drums and piano. I'm excited to work with and meet some of the uni's best players, as well as playing some great tunes along the way!

Ned Hooley

Percussion Manager

Heya, I'm Ned! This year I'll be Blowsoc's Percussion Manager! I'm a second year Music student, and I play percussion and piano. I can't wait to lead the percussion ensemble this year, and to play some fun repertoire. I want to see plenty of friendly new faces joining our percussion family!

Aedan McHale

Saxophones Manager

Hello, I’m Aedan and this year I’ll be the Manager for the Saxophone group. I’m a second year international student from the US and I’m studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering. I play tenor saxophone and clarinet and am super excited for the coming year! I can’t wait to play some tunes with everybody again!!

Hannah Treacher

Wind Orchestra Personnel Manager

Hey! I'm Hannah and I'm the Wind Orchestra Personnel Manager. I'm a third year music student and I've been living, sleeping and breathing all things saxophone for ten years now. I'm super excited to work with our Wind Orchestra and find new and creative ways to make music!

Kyle Campbell

Vice-President, and Wind Orchestra Assistant Conductor

Hello! I'm Kyle, the Vice-President of Blowsoc this year and I am a 4th year Postgraduate Music Student. I am a principal study clarinettist but also play the Sax. I have been part of Blowsoc for the past 3 years and have taken part in many of the ensembles throughout my time at university. I am really looking forward to welcoming new members to the society and organising some of our larger concerts and Trips!