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Edinburgh University Music Society

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom (1867 – present)

The music society of the University of Edinburgh was founded in 1867 by Sir Herbert Oakeley. Following the ancient University’s long musical tradition, which began formally in 1839 when the origins of today’s music department were founded as a result of a bequest from General John Reid, the Music Society tied together many casual musical groups that had existed previously.

Throughout the twentieth century the Society took part in larger and more extravagant performances, and this tradition has certainly not waned. Recent performances include Verdi’s Requiem and Orff’s Carmina Burana.

EUMS has a membership running well into the 300s, and thanks to commitment being fuelled by a desire to be involved and a passion for music rather than a mandatory requirement to attend, the quality of our concerts is very high.

The society consists of three ensembles. The largest ensemble is the Chorus, conducted by Neil Metcalfe. It consists of between 150 and 200 people and is non-auditioned. Sinfonia, an orchestra conducted until recently by University of Edinburgh music graduate Nick Fletcher, consists of auditioned players apart from the string section which is non-auditioning. The Symphony Orchestra, a large auditioning orchestra of a very high standard, are conducted by Russell Cowieson.

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