Oct 17

Annual Soloist Competition


The Music Society’s annual Soloist Competition is officially open!

You can audition on any instrument (including voice), providing that you have identified a work that could be performed with a Music Society ensemble. Please remember that these are all student ensembles, and carefully choose your solo piece accordingly. The competition will be judged by a panel led by Daniele Rosina.

Auditions will take place on Friday 1st of November in the Elgar Concert Hall (Bramall Building) between 1:30pm-6:30pm, with 20-minute slots available for sign-up in the Music Office now. You will need to sign up on the Sheet available in the Music Office in the Frankland Building (giving name, email, instrument and chosen solo piece), however, there are limited spaces available in which to audition, so signup will be done on a first come first serve basis. Please also collect an audition form from the office when you signup.


If you need any guidance on whether your piece is suitable, please contact Christina (c.hancock@bham.ac.uk) who will be happy to chat it through.

For the audition itself, you will need to have prepared the entirety of your chosen work and be prepared to play the first movement along with parts of the later movements which will be chosen by the panel. Any cadenzas should also be prepared.


You should also have a copy of your music for the panel (piano reduction or full score), and ensure that you have a good accompanist, with whom you will have rehearsed beforehand.


An overall winner will then be selected, who will perform their chosen piece with their chosen ensemble in the Spring term. Up to two additional entries may be given the chance to perform their chosen piece as well.


Last years’ winner was Josh Rapley, who performed Saint-Saens’ Cello Concerto with the Symphony Orchestra.


Please feel free to email Cait, the society President, with any questions you may have about any of the above, and the best of luck to all looking to audition!

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  • Our Composition Competition is now open! The competition will be judged by Professor Michael Zev Gordon. If you are interested in entering, please submit a short piece, between 6-10 minutes long that is suitable for your chosen ensemble. Entries can be submitted to the Music Office (Ground Floor, Bramall Music Building) or via email to president@uobmusicsociety.org.uk (in PDF form) by 12:00 midday on Friday the 27th of September 2019. Please make sure that your score is neat and clear and remember to include the entry form attached to your email when submitting your composition. An overall winner will then be selected, and their composition will be performed in the Spring Term. The winner will also receive a certificate and be named on the website. A Highly Commended prize may also be awarded to up to two additional compositions – these may also have the opportunity to be performed. The ensembles that you can write for and their approximate sizes are as follows: Orchestras - Variable in size according to requirement of the work Chamber Choirs - Either SATB or SSA with 30-40 voices Brass Band - Around fifty players; a very large band Wind Band - Well over 100 players available Jazz Orchestra - Standard 20-player line-up (can include a vocal part if you would like to) Saxophone Choir - Over 30 players, all saxophone types. Flute Choir - Over 30 players, piccolo/alto flute available Clarinet Choir - Over 15 players, Eb/bass clarinet available Make sure to check your emails for further information and the entry form for submissions. Please email Caitlyn, the society president, or one of our ensemble managers if you have any questions (their emails are available on our website). Good luck... and happy composing!
  • Welcome to all new and returning Music Society members! We know that Welcome Week can be busy and overwhelming, so why not come to the first social event of the semester and meet/reunite with some lovely members of the society over a casual Sports and Activities Day! Getting to know other members is so important - it can help you find other people who share similar interests, and help us all create some great music this year! (For new members, other social events to look out for this term include a quiz, pub crawl and so much more!) It should be a fun afternoon with fun people so please do come along:) Events to hopefully include: Rounders Match Egg + Spoon Race 100m Relay Hop/Skip/Jump 50m Three Legged Race...and more! As its the beginning of the year, don't worry about finding a team; we will do some warm up games at the start for everyone to get to know each other and teams can be made from there! *There are a couple of parks in Selly Oak- this will be held in the park at the top of Bournbrook, Teignmouth, Dawlish etc roads* If you don't know where you are going, there will be a society member at the Bramall foyer at 2:15pm to show you where to go! Finally, don't forget to go to the Music in The Making day on the Sunday! All the information you may need on UoBMS can be found at https://www.uobmusicsociety.org.uk/specialevents/musicinthemaking Hope to see you all there! Katie + Lenna UoBMS Social Secs

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