Hello, and welcome to the OUMS website!
My name is Evie, and I am utterly thrilled to be heading up the OUMS 2023-24 Committee in this our 152nd year; pandemic restrictions are beginning to feel like a distant memory, and music-making is properly getting back on its feet. It is a really exciting time for us, and the amazing Committee are continuing to work super hard behind the scenes to ensure OUMS can be as excellent as possible. There are lots of cool plans in the works - do watch this space!
While you're here, I would recommend checking out OPUS, our online society publication - we post an interview with an Oxford-based musician each week, and you'll also find concert reviews and opinion pieces there too. The Events page is also worth bookmarking, as a handy one-stop guide listing all future goings on for our ensembles. Our Access and Outreach work is also going from strength to strength, and will soon have its own dedicated page on this site.
I am particularly proud that as of October 2023 (alongside affiliations with other music societies in Oxford to link up funk, folk and opera) we will officially offer a non-auditioning ensemble for every instrumentalist and vocalist. If you want to be involved with music at Oxford, you will be welcomed with open arms - no strings attached.
OUMS has much potential, and being at the helm of such a wide-reaching society at this time is a huge honour - I have had to pinch myself on many an occasion! It has been proved to me time and again that musicians are simply a fantastic crowd to fall in with and I am particularly grateful for the utterly infectious positivity which comes with every meeting, pub trip and rehearsal.
Do let us know if you find something missing from this website, or would like any more information about OUMS. If you would like to help support the brilliant work we do, please do get in touch - we would love to hear from you.
Much OUMS love,