Music Society (Mile End)

Welcome to the Queen Mary Music Society!

The Music Society is open to all musicians studying or working at QMUL or Barts. No matter what your ability or instrument there is something for everyone. We have musical groups including A Cappella, Brass EnsembleChoirJAM Group, QMJazz, Music Theory and Orchestra. We play music across all genres such as classical, jazz, film music, opera and even premiere new works by our composer in residence, Ed Nesbit. Our groups rehearse on a weekly basis, typically in the evening, culminating in large concerts notably at Christmas and Easter.

We regularly welcome professional musicians to perform at QMUL with links to the East London Music Group, Shadwell Opera, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Spitalfields Music Festival and the London Chamber Orchestra. We are excited to announce that the London Chamber Orchestra has recently begun a new residency at QMUL - an exciting venture, providing fantastic opportunities for students to work alongside the UK's oldest professional orchestra. Furthermore, we uphold a busy calendar of social events including our Christmas Dinner and AGM as well as Welcome Meetups, Pub Crawls, Treasure Hunts and trips to venues such as The Piano Works and The Blues Kitchen. Finally, our monthly Sound of Ground event is the perfect platform for players wishing to perform acoustic or amplified music in the relaxed setting of the Ground Cafe.

If you'd like to see what we got up to last year watch our new video produced by the wonderful Pocket Blockbuster. Also check out our Facebook page where we post information about all rehearsals, concerts and socials - give us a like!








Upcoming events 

18-19/09  || Welcome Fair         ||  Come find us for some music freebies and answers to your questions.
     20/09  ||  Try Guitar              ||  Always wanted to play the guitar? Give it a go!
     21/09  ||  Dollhouse              ||  Support one of our own university bands in their upcoming Soho gig!
     24/09  ||  Welcome Meetup  ||  Meet fellow musicians and music lovers through our icebreaker session. 

We will also be running trial sessions for our music groups - follow us on social media to stay updated!

About our groups

A Capella || Thursdays || 18:30 || Main Music Room

Auditions are required to join this group and will take place in October. Please email the A Cappella team via for more information.

Brass Ensemble

Brass Ensemble provides music for key university events such as the St Luke Tide Service and the Graduation Ceremonies. Rehearsals run prior to these occasions.

Chamber Ensemble

An orchestral group for our advanced musicians. Our previous repertoire includes Copland's Appalachian Spring, Wagner's Siegfried Idyll and Mozart's Symphony No 40, and we work regularly with professional musicians from the London Chamber Orchestra and East London Music Group. Membership for Music Scholars or by invitation from the Director of Music only. Learn more about Music Scholarships here.

Chamber Music

If you're interested in playing in smaller groups like quartets and trios, we can help you get a group together! The past year, our groups have tackled exciting repertoire including Mendelssohn's String Octet and Shostakovich's String Quartet No 8. Our groups regularly provide music for a wide range of events. Pianists, violists and cellists particularly wanted.

  • Join Chamber Music on Facebook here

Choir || Tuesdays || 18:30 || Main Music Room

Our choir has grown year on year tackling a wide variety of repertoire. New members are always welcome with no auditions.

  • Join Choir on Facebook here

JAM Group || Thursdays || 18.30 || Basement Music Room One/Drapers Lounge

JAM Group is open to musicians who play modern instruments (guitar, bass, vocals, percussion) to improvise together in sessions led by our Equipment Manager. Open to anyone wishing to play. Use this to form a group for our annual Battle of the Bands! Performers can also sign up for our monthly open mic event at the Ground Cafe.

  • Join the JAM Group on Facebook here || Battle of the Bands on Facebook here || Sound of Ground on Facebook here

QMJazz || Tuesdays || 19:00 || Basement Music Room One

Up for some jazz jamming? This is the place to be!

Music Theory || Tuesdays || 17:00 || Main Music Room

Our Director of Music, Paul Edlin, leads weekly theory lessons to improve your understanding behind 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.

  • Join Music Theory on Facebook here

Orchestra || Mondays || 18:30 || People's Palace Foyer

Our first semester includes Saint-Saëns Danse Macabre for an exciting theme of Love & Magic, with previous repertoire including The Planets, Stravinsky's Firebird and a multitude of film music. No auditions required except for oversubscribed instruments. Strings and brass particularly wanted!

LEADER AUDITIONS: 26th September, 12:30-16:00. More details to follow.

If you have questions regarding any of our groups, message us through or our Facebook page and we'll be happy to help!

Practice room booking

For those of you wishing to continue music practice whilst at QMUL, the university has four practice rooms available to book. Pianists can use our 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. To book please view the Outlook calendar (instructions below) then email to request an available slot. Here are some FAQs:

 Who do I email to book a room?

 How can I see when the rooms are free? Login to your university email via Outlook then click on the calendar icon in the bottom left-hand corner. Click 'Add calendar' at the top of the page and select 'From directory' from the drop-down list. Type in the name of the room as it appears: [Room] Band Practice Room (this is Basement Music Room One), [Room] Basement Music Room Two or [Room] Main Practice Room (for music scholars only). Click 'Open'. Once you have added the rooms they will appear on the left side of the screen for you to refer back to in the future.
 How much notice should I give to make a booking?

Please email with a minimum of 24 hours notice (or on the Friday before for Monday bookings).

 When can the rooms be booked? Practice rooms are available 8:00-21:00 on Monday/Tuesday/Thursday and 8:00-18:00 on Wednesday/Friday.

 Can the practice rooms be booked out of hours?

No. Out of hours practice is not permitted as the People's Palace is locked. 

 Can the practice rooms be booked at the weekend?

No. Weekend practice is not possible since the People's Palace is locked or being used for external events.

 Which practice rooms have drum kits in?

Drum kits are available in Basement Music Room One and Basement Music Room Two.

 Where can we hold band rehearsals?

Amplified music is only allowed in the two basements rooms. This is to limit disturbances to ongoing lectures.

 Can I book a regular slot every week?

Yes. We allow students to make a regular weekly booking. However, this is limited to a few hours per week to ensure fair access to the rooms.

Instrumental lessons

We are pleased to offer a scheme to allow our Music Scholars to give music lessons to students at discounted rates. If you would like instrumental lessons then please email our Director of Music, Paul Edlin, at and he can answer any questions and set you up with a scholar. Lessons are charged per hour with costs being roughly £15/hour (beginner), £20/hour (intermediate) and £25/hour (advanced).

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:

  • School of Geography 125th Anniversary Celebration - String Quartet
  • Neuron Pod Opening - String Quartet, Brass Group and Jazz Ensemble
  • QMUL Wellbeing Fair - String Quartet
  • QMUL Alumni wedding - String Quartet
  • QMUL Postgraduate Fair - Solo Pianist
  • QMUL Societies Awards Evening - String Quartet
  • QMUL Science and Engineering Faculty Celebration - String Quartet
  • BL Halfway Ball - String Quartet
  • QMUL Mental Health Awareness Day - String Quartet
  • BL Association Dinner - Jazz Ensemble

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: Alice Liow

Treasurer: Jacob Lewis

Social Secretary: Aneesh Pasricha

Equipment Manager: John Dwyer

Tour Secretary: Clare Bartholomew

View our AGM minutes from 17/18 here and 18/19 here

Let's keep in touch

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