Medics' Orchestra Society
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Welcome to the Sheffield University Medics' Orchestra! We are the University of Sheffield's NON-AUDITION orchestra. Despite the name of the society, it is open to everybody - NOT JUST MEDICS! We normally rehearse every Friday evening in Brook Hill Hall at 6:15pm. During rehearsals we work on pieces we aim to play in the end of semester concerts. These pieces range from symphonies to musical number to chart toppers so there is always something you will enjoy!
Rehearsals will work a little bit differently this year as we will not be able to meet in person. The committee have been working hard to think of ways to keep the orchestra busy! Instead of rehearsals, we will be organising workshops, drop-ins and socials that will help us get to our end goals of 1-2 videos by the end of the semester and most importantly, having fun and making new friends.
If you’re joining us for the first time in 2020, our first 'rehearsal' of the autumn semester will be on FRIDAY 2ND OCTOBER using Google Meet. This will be your first chance to meet the committee and the orchestra. There will also be a quiz at the end to help you start making friends with the rest of the orchestra.
Attending the fairs during Fresher's week? We will be hosting stalls at the Medics' Fair Wednesday 23rd September and the Activities Fair Friday 25th September. We will be available all day to answer any of your questions about joining the orchestra.
Like our Facebook page or sign up to our mailing list for more information about reahearsals and concerts.
Unfortunately, it is unlikely we can host a concert for the first semester, but we will still try to entertain you with some videos of our playing! Keep your eyes out for more details.
We work throughout the semesters to produce two concerts a year, one at Christmas and one in the Spring. These concerts serve not only to showcase our talent and hardwork, but also to raise money for charity. We play as a full orchestra, and whilst we definitely emphasise playing for fun, we still aim to perform to a high standard. In previous years we have had small groups form from within the orchestra, and we absolutely love having them play in the concerts - so please do go for it and speak to a committee member if this is something you are interested in! Keep an eye out for the dates for our next concert! Like our Facebook page to find out the dates and how to get hold of tickets. We encourage all the players to invite as many people as possible to the concerts - the bigger the audience, the better!
We hold regular socials throughout the year and these include the Great Orchestra Bake Off, quizzes, film nights, club nights, meals out and attending other professional concerts - there really is something for everyone! In addition to this, we head to Interval (a union cafe/bar) after rehearsals for a drink and a chat. This is a great opportunity to meet other members and the committee. As it’s in the students’ union, we get vouchers for money off at the bar (includes soft drinks) and complimentary nachos - so you would be mad not to come!
This year started off strongly with repetoire such as Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and Bizet's Carmen, however rehearsals were taken to a grinding halt after lockdown began. This didn't stop us though, as our counductor Richard provided us with prerecorded conducting videos to practise to, in preparation for our currently in progress summer virtual concert! In February we hosted a Give It A Go pub quiz social after rehearsals in Doctor's Orders that was a huge hit, along with our annual space themed ball in March at the Doubletree by Hilton Sheffield Park.
Our winter concert this year focused on a space theme, with music by Dvorak, Strauss II and Holst. We took the oppurtunity this year to raise money for St. Luke's Hospice in Sheffield, a charity that cares for terminally ill people of all ages. The concert was a huge success with one of our largest audiences yet! We were also able to take a small number of orchestra members to Flourish, a Sheffield-based group that runs activities for people with acquired brain injuries, on Friday the 13th of December to spread some christmas cheer. We were also excited to introuduce a new design to our hoodie, t-shirt and jumper collection with embroidered names and instruments now included in the design, as well as the medics orchestra logo on the back.
Our summer concert this year was a real mix between traditional orchestral music and pop/big band music arranged for orchestra by our very own conductor Matthew Moore featuring a choir and some solo singers. We were delighted to meet with the chief executive from Lost Chord to hand over a cheque of all the money raised by the orchestra this acedemic year . This came to an amazing £2341.93, our largest total to date!
The orchestra returned for the second time to the very impressive Firth Hall with a fairytale themed concert. This included a repertoire of Tchaikovsky's Sleeping Beauty Suite, Hansel and Gretel, the Adventures of Robin Hood, and an overture from Disney's Frozen. The orchestra had great fun putting together and performing this programme and raised a massive £1433.26 for Lost Chord- a local charity which provides interactive musical sessions for people with dementia in care homes and day centres.
Another huge audience enjoyed this summer's 'Sci-Fi and Fantasy' themed concert - with a repertoire including music from Star Wars, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones and Mussorgsky's Night on the Bare Mountain. The concert boosted our 2015/16 total to £2028.68 - £300 more than last year, and our highest total to date! St. Luke's Hospice also invited a group of commitee members to visit the hospice to see the wonderful work they do.
December 2015 saw another sell-out concert, and our first in Firth Hall. We're now looking for larger concert halls to cope with our ever-growing audience! Thanks to all who attended - with your help we raised over £1000 for St. Luke's Hospice, so we're well on our way to beating the 14/15 total! This year's repertoire included Beethoven's 5th Symphony, Shostakovich's Suite for Variety Orchestra, the Christmas Festival (Leroy Anderson) and a number of Christmas carols.
The 2015 spring concert was a huge success for the orchestra, boasting an ambitious repertoire and attracting the biggest audience to date. The programme included: MUSE - black holes and revelations suite. A once only performance. Arranged Matthew Moore. Elgar - Cello Concerto, with guest soloist Megan Rolfe. Swan Lake Pirates of the Carribean! Photos available here This year also saw the fruition of some fantastic fundraising ideas. Through concerts and a range of sponsored events, we raised a spectacular £2341.93 for Lost Chord. In light of this fantastic acheivement we're delighted to announce that the society has elected a charities officer to the commitee to arrange and oversee charitable events. If you have any ideas or suggestions for future events, please contact the committee – either at a rehearsal or by email.
Facebook (public page): https://www.facebook.com/MedicsOrchestra Find us on Instagram at @medicsorchestra Join our Facebook members page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/2218625498/ for all up to date information on rehearsals, concerts and socials.
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