Tim Gillies, MA in Critical and Applied Musicology
I am a postgraduate student, currently studying for an MA in Critical and Applied Musicology, having completed my undergraduate at Leeds as well. The School of Music has such a friendly atmosphere and has all the facilities that I could ever want. There are so many different subject areas within music on offer and everyone can tailor the course to their own personal interests.
During my second year, I was elected into the role of President of the Music Society (LUUMS). Being the head of the society was a huge responsibility; as a society we run 20-25 concerts a year that are organised by a committee comprising entirely of elected students. This includes everything from ticketing and stage management to serving refreshments. Other responsibilities I held included chairing meetings and making introduction speeches at all of our concerts.
LUUMS is one of the largest and oldest performance societies at the University. With 10 different ensembles, including 3 orchestras, 3 choirs, 2 wind orchestras, a brass band and a newly founded composers’ ensemble, there is something for everyone, regardless of your standard! There is even the opportunity to conduct or manage an ensemble for a year. My personal highlight was conducting our Symphony Orchestra, taking on Mahler’s Symphony no. 2 in Leeds Town Hall last year.
LUUMS is a fun, friendly society with a very active social calendar and offers amazing opportunities to perform with some of the best musicians in the university. Many ensembles also go on annual international tours and recent destinations include Berlin, Barcelona and Cologne.
Leeds has such an incredibly diverse and active social scene! The HIFI club is one of the best places to go out, with live music and great drinks deals, it’s always a good night.