BUMS has a variety of ensembles which perform at a high level and cater to a range of different abilities. Auditions for Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra and Symphonic Winds take place at the start of the academic year, usually in Welcome Week; this is the only time that auditions take place during the year so if you want to be a member of one of these groups make sure you don't miss them!



Rehearsals: Monday 7:00 - 9:15 pm


The Chamber Choir is a group of around 40 singers. The ensemble performs a wide range of choral repertoire throughout the year. A highlight of the year is the Easter tour involving a collaboration with the University Chamber Orchestra, and the annual St George's Concert.


Rehearsals: Monday 7:00 - 9:15 pm


The University Chamber Orchestra performs at a high standard, with a varied repertoire covering classical symphonies through to 20th century music. Individual students have the chance to be featured through the annual concerto and composition competitions. The Orchestra also takes part in a collaborative concert with the Chamber Choir, performing a large-scale choral work. The Orchestra and Choir then tour in Europe during the Easter vacation.


Rehearsals: Thursday 7:00 - 9:00 pm


Symphonic Winds is BUMS's newest ensemble and was formed in 2014 with the aim of creating opportunities of more challenging music for skilled wind and percussion players. The ensemble has approximately forty members and performs a variety of repertoire at several concerts throughout the year. We maintain a relationship with the University of Cambridge Wind Orchestra and have performed joint concerts with them both in Bristol and Cambridge.



Rehearsals: Monday 5:15 - 6:30 pm


Wind Orchestra is the largest of the non-auditioned ensembles, playing and performing a wide range of music to suit all tastes. We welcome all abilities of wind, brass, and percussion players with the aim of creating a powerful sound in a relaxed atmosphere. So come along, meet new people, and enjoy being in a friendly ensemble! 


Rehearsals: Monday 5:15 - 6:30 pm


String Orchestra offers the chance to make quality music to a high standard in a relaxed and friendly environment, and is ideal for those who do not want the pressure of intense practising. The ensemble usually puts on three concerts of exciting and varied repertoire each year, drawing on music from the Baroque period to current student works. If you want to improve your playing in a fun, sociable ensemble, then join us on a Monday evening in the Victoria Rooms.


Rehearsals: Wednesday 5:15 - 6:45 pm


Brass Band welcomes players of every brass instrument. We have a very diverse repertoire - from orchestral arrangements and film music to works originally written for brass band. The band takes part in UniBrass, the inter-university brass band competition, each year. Members are occasionally given the opportunity to play at events external to the University. Although we perform at a high level, we are very sociable and open to players of all abilities.


Meeting: Wednesday 5 - 6pm


The composition network is a collective of composers within BUMS. We present and discuss the compositions we have been working on and get helpful feedback and opinions from other members. We also hold a few dedicated composition concerts to showcase your original compositions performed by other BUMS members. The network also gives comission opportunities from both within and outside of BUMS (eg. An external composition competition).