[Shelby Loasby | News Sub Editor]
Trident Media caught up with the Musicians’ Society last month, in the midst of their rehearsals for last years Panto, Robin Hood: A game of crowns. Before being serenaded with a Christmas medley, we were able to grab a few words with Liam Richards, Chairperson, and Jacob Wing, Treasurer.
Formerly known as the SU Hertfordshire Chamber Orchestra, the Musicians’ Society has undergone a ‘revamp’ this year under the lead of Liam Richards. He believed that the original society was often considered to be elitist and wanted to rebrand the society as a place for anyone and everyone to come along and share their musical talents and appreciation of music.
Whilst there are some other niche music societies at UH, the Musicians’ Society provides people with a network of like-minded people who can develop skills and keep their passions alive. The committee aim to accommodate to everyone’s standards and don’t want people to be intimidated – they are a group of very friendly and enthusiastic people.
The society generally meets every Thursday, 7-9pm, to play as an orchestra or to explore different music genres, chosen by the members. Richards and Wing stressed that “anyone can turn up with their instrument, request a song to learn and play, and have the chance to relieve their musical frustration” – take that as you will. They also expect people to show dedication to rehearsals and give a hundred percent in performances and concerts.
When they said ‘anyone’ could join, they really did mean it. The society is currently made up of 18 members who are studying a range of different courses. There’s computer scientists, pharmacists, environmentalists, film and TV ‘ists’ and the society even welcomes graduates and members of staff to come along. Richards himself is studying aerospace engineering, but is also classically trained and has won several conductor competitions – so you know you are in safe hands.
Over the past year, the Musicians’ Society have started to gain more and more recognition and have made several appearances around the university at open days and events, and also had the opportunity to perform at the galleria. They are also often found down at the EleHouse having a few drinks after practice. After all, no society social is complete without a drink or two!
There are lots of exciting plans for 2015, from murder mystery music to film titles and symphonies and the committee are encouraging anyone to join for a small membership fee. They are specifically on the look out for brass and percussion musicians to make their orchestra even stronger.
Does this society sound like something you would be interested in joining? Head over to the UHSU website to sign up, or check them out on Facebook and Twitter @HertsSUmusic.