Get Involved!

Interested in getting involved with this year's summer festival? The below ensembles would love to have you make music with them!


The Summer Festival Sinfonia is a chamber orchestra featuring talented students throughout the university, formed especially for the festival, conducted by student conductor, bringing you a night of fantastic musical entertainment featuring the winner of the Summer Festival Soloist Competition.

Sign up for an audition for the Solo Competition in the Music Office by Wednesday 30th April! You can play any piece with orchestra of around 15 minutes length.  

Wind Band

Traditionally one of the largest ensembles in the Summer Festival, Wind Band  is an exciting and lively ensemble, playing a wide range of exciting music, from film soundtracks to traditional wind band repertoire and modern popular works.

Big Band

Play alongside the ‘NCBF Platinum’ award winning UMS Big Band in the 2014 UMS Summer Festival of Music Big Band!

Steeped in musical acclaim, non-auditioned membership in UMS Summer Festival of Music Big Bands facilitate excellent opportunities to make new friends and colleagues, extend your jazz repertoire* and firmly position yourself on the ‘musical talent map’ of ‘The Times and The Sunday Times University of the Year 2013-2014,’ the University of Birmingham.

And if this hasn’t already enticed you, there are also many fantastic (and sometimes rather eccentric...) social opportunities and activities that take place during UMS Summer Festivals of Music; it should be a lot of fun!

* having recently performed works composed and/or arranged by Bob Brookmeyer, Bob Curnow, Kenny Wheeler and Gordon Goodwin

Brass Band

The University Brass Band is an unauditioned, student-run ensemble that plays a wide selection of brass band classics and modern pieces. One of the larger UMS ensembles, with over 40 members, we give two concerts per academic year, as well as participating in the annual UniBrass national contest. We are an enthusiastic, fun and accommodating group who really enjoy our rehearsals and socialising afterwards, and were also voted Best Ensemble at last year’s UMS Ball.

Chamber Music

Chamber music ensembles at the University of Birmingham are formed by students, who have the opportunity to perform regularly at platform sessions and receive feedback from members of staff and professional performers. Ensembles can also attend coaching sessions run by professional musicians to improve presentation, ensemble coordination and technique. Chamber groups at the University of Birmingham are very diverse, ranging from saxophone quartets to piano trios and wind quintets. This means that there is always something for everyone, whether they are musicians or members of the audience!

Summer Festival Choir

The Summer Festival Chamber choir is an un-auditioned ensemble of enthusiastic singers coming together from across the university to perform together as part of the University’s Summer Festival of Music. Singers from all years and subjects are welcome and the fun, friendly atmosphere means the concert is always a great success! Along with their auditioned student conductor, the choir perform music for mixed voices with flair, and showcase both the choral and conducting expertise of the university.

Saxophone Ensemble

Bringing together all kinds of saxophone players across the university, the Summer Festival Saxophone Ensemble play all kinds of music which shows off the range of music the saxophone can play, whether jazzy quartets, lyrical or classical.

We are always in need of extra hands, be it for stewarding at our concerts or helping with publicity, so if you would like to be involved in the festival in another way, please don't hesitate to get in touch!