Music Society (Mile End)


Queen Mary's Music Society, which includes a variety of musical ensembles, classes, performances and music social events at QMUL.

Welcome to the Queen Mary Music Society!

The Music Society is open to all musicians studying or working at QMUL or Barts (check out our QMBL Joint Membership, available for a limited time only). We encompass music across all genres such as classical, jazz, film music, opera and even premiere new works by QM student composers! Our groups rehearse on a weekly basis, typically in the evening, with large concerts at Christmas and Easter and smaller performances throughout the semester. 

While social distancing restrictions apply, we will be moving a majority of our projects online - follow our social media to see examples of them in our upcoming weeks!
  We are a three-time Gold Excellence Award society (woo)!


Upcoming events 

Our taster events are now over - if you missed them, get in contact with whatever groups you're interested in and we'll let you try a session for free! If you have enjoyed our taster sessions and would like to join us for more, don't forget to buy a membership.

Saturday 17th Oct
Sound of Ground // 3pm-5pm // Youtube stream
Hear a variety of solo acoustic and band sets from members old and new. Usually held in the Ground Cafe, we have moved online until it is safe to perform live once again!

Date TBC, Oct
Black History Month // Youtube stream - link coming soon

In celebration of Black History Month, a variety of our groups have put together music composed, created or influenced by musicians of colour. Tune in to hear from our string quartet, Acappella and many more!

Weekly sessions:

 Orchestra  18:30 - 20:30  Microsoft Teams
 Theory  17:00 - 18:00  Online
 Choir  18:30 - 20:00    Microsoft Teams
 Songwriting  18:00 - 20:00  Microsoft Teams
 A Cappella  18:30 - 21:00  Microsoft Teams
 String Ensemble  19:00 - 20:00  Microsoft Teams
 QMJazz  19:00 - 21:00  Email Jamie


Our Groups

A Cappella
Hi and welcome to A Cappella 2020/21! We have loads of fun activities planned and we cannot wait to welcome new talented and amazing members. Our main aim is to be able to come together through the power of music despite the challenging time we’re living through right now amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We have already arranged some songs, including Breezeblocks by Alt-J and plan to form a virtual choir. We are a very social group even when social distancing! We look forward to seeing you in September!

This is a place for students who play pop and rock music to meet other students, form a group, and play to live audiences! Come along to our welcome events, and we will help you find like-minded student musicians to play with. This semester we have a number of opportunities for students to perform on stage and create their own music. Some of this semester’s events include weekly jam sessions, songwriter’s group, pub performances, bonding events, and Battle of the Bands.

Chamber Ensembles
Our Chamber Orchestra is a group for advanced musicians (around Grade 8+). Our recent repertoire includes Copland's Appalachian Spring and modern compositions, performing alongside the London Chamber Orchestra and London Sinfonietta. Smaller groups have also recently performed Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht and Strauss' Metamorphosen. This year's music will be created through online means - our first project will be online in the coming weeks!

Led by Dr Michelle Castellati, our choir has grown year on year tackling a wide variety of repertoire, ranging from Les Miserables to Rossini's Stabat Mater. New members are always welcome, with no auditions!

Jazz Ensemble explores a variety of repertoire and styles from across the jazz spectrum. In recent years they have given a rare performance of Miles Davis’ Porgy and Bess and collaborated with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra of Great Britain! Run by our QMUL's Head of Jazz Jamie Rogers, the sessions include playing, listening to, and discussing all sorts of jazz.

Music Theory, Composition & Arrangement
QMUL's Director of Music, Dr Paul Edlin, leads weekly theory lessons to improve your understanding of written music. Learn about the fundamentals of music in a relaxed setting. All abilities welcome, from beginner to advanced, with classes tailored to student level of those attending. Please fill out this form if you are interested!

Players of all levels welcome, with no auditions required! Last year's repertoire included Danse Macabre, de Falla's El Amor Brujo and a multitude of film music. This semester, we hope to keep the collaborative spirit of QM Orchestra alive through regular online coaching sessions led by section leaders. We'll be creating online projects from audio/video submissions by our members, and will share them in place of our annual concerts. We're currently brainstorming pieces that are both enjoyable and feasible for the current situation - hopefully, we can recapture some of the enjoyment of orchestral playing, even if only through a computer screen!

Memberships: which to choose?!

If you are a current student - Standard Membership (lasts the complete academic year), Semester 1 membership (lasts until end of December)

If you are a member of staff or QMUL alumni - Associate Membership (lasts the complete academic year), Associate Semester 1 membership (lasts until end of December)

**BONUS! If you'd like to join both QM and BL Music Societies, you can do so at a discounted rate for a limited time only! You would pay £15 instead of £20 for a full membership to both societies.

Music Facilities (TBC)

 Practice rooms 

The University is in the process of completing health and safety checks, and so for now, these rooms remain closed for use.

The University is in charge of the four practice rooms available on campus. Pianists can use the Piano Practice Room located on the first floor of the People's Palace. Please go to the Queen's Building Reception where you can book the room in one-hour slots.

For other instruments, you can book either Basement Music Room One or Two located in the basement of the People's Palace. The Main Music Room is for Music Scholars to use. For further information, please read this document.

**Disclaimer: The Music Society is not responsible for practise room bookings or scheduling. Any queries should be sent to the University Music Department:

 Instrument lockers  There are 6 lockers available for you to store your instruments in during the day. These are lock-and-key, though if leaving your belongings overnight you are doing so at your own risk. Please email for more information.

Instrumental lessons

For classical related instruments, please email QMUL's Director of Music, Dr Paul Edlin (, and he can help you find a teacher. This will be either externally or through the QM Music Scholars Scheme. Lessons from QM Music Scholars are offered at a discounted price! For band-related instruments, please get in touch with our Band Managers.

Hiring our ensembles

We regularly send both soloists and groups to perform or provide background music for events both internal and external to QMUL. Feedback is always excellent with music truly improving the atmosphere of any social occasion! Examples of recent events we have sent musicians to include:

  • QMUL Mental Health Awareness Day - String Quartet
  • QMUL Open Day - String Quartet
  • School of Geography 125th Anniversary Celebration - String Quartet
  • Neuron Pod Opening - String Quartet, Brass Group and Jazz Ensemble
  • QMUL Alumni wedding - String Quartet
  • QMUL Postgraduate Fair - Solo Pianist
  • QMUL Societies Awards Evening - String Quartet

No matter how big or small your event please do get in touch and we will endeavour to organise some fantastic music for you! 
* Our groups are hired for a small fee, depending on the length of the event. This contributes to funding music at QMUL and enables us to continue running these groups.

The committee

President: Alexandra Seow
Vice-President & Welfare Rep: Ramesh Wilson
Treasurer: Jacob Lewis
A Cappella Officers: Atalanta Willoughby (Co-Manager), Ellie Chapman (Co-Manager), Hanniyah Khan (Social Secretary) 
Band Officers: Florence-Faith Matteson (Events Manager), Saashiv Valjee (Equipment Manager)
Orchestra Officers: Joshua Neil-Boss (Co-Manager), Lauren Sweeney (Co-Manager), Shey Lovett (Social Secretary)

Contact us through any social media - if you are looking to speak to a particular person, please specify in your message!


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