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Join the USSO!

The University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra welcomes players from both Sussex and Brighton Universities, as well as anyone else who would like to come along!

Throughout term, we rehearse once per week in preparation for a concert at the end of that term. In recent years, we've performed in churches all around Brighton and Hove, as well as more recently at the newly refurbished Attenborough Centre on campus. Our concerts have included everything from Tchaikovsky and Scheherazade through to our favourite TV and film scores. Scroll down for some pictures of us in concert!

Concerts this year...
7th Dec 2019 - Concert celebrating 50 years of the ACCA with programme notes read by Ian McEwan
Spring 2020 (date tbc) - Dreams Concert


We recommend that players thinking of joining are at Grade 5 standard or above. We do not audition for String Players or Brass, but this year, because of the high demand, we will be auditioning for popular woodwind instruments. These auditions will be held at the start of next week (date will be announced at Fresher's fair). You should prepare a short piece of grade 5+ standard, and be prepared for a short bit of sight reading.

If you'd like to audition to be a section leader in strings, woodwind or brass, we hold auditions every term - the first term, auditions will be first offered to existing members. 

- Rehearsals take place weekly from 5:45 - 8:30pm every Thursday in the Meeting House on the University of Sussex Campus.
- If you'd like to play with us, membership costs just £10 per term or £20 for the whole year. Becoming a member entitles you to come and play with us at every rehearsal - that's less than £1 per rehearsal! Please don't buy a membership until you have been to at least 2 or 3 rehearsals!
- Once you've joined, please add yourselves to our Facebook Member page. There's also our news and event information page - we keep this regularly updated with any news related to rehearsals and concerts and social events! 

If you have any questions, feel free to get in touch by sending us an emailWe look forward to hearing from you!

The Orchestra in Action
The USSO stall at Fresher's Fair 2017

2019 Christmas concert in the ACCA  - celebrating 50 years of the ACCA - the orchestra recreated the programme it played 50 years ago, with the original programme notes written and read by Ian McEwan, and piano soloist Shin Suzuma (photograph credit to Tunde Alabi-Hundeyin)

2016 concert in the ACCA   - Credit: Malcolm Tam (http://malcolmtam.com/)

The Meeting House on Sussex Campus, where our weekly rehearsals take place


Committee Members 2019/20
President - Jakob Masiak
Vice President/Treasurer - Alexandra Hadaway
Secretary - Emily Davis
Welfare Officer - Nawras Khalif
Social Sec - Louis O'Shea


We practice the Student Union's safe space and zero tolerance policy 

The University of Sussex Symphony Orchestra practices a safe space and zero tolerance policy. Our rehearsals, socials, meetings and performances are discrimination free zones where our members can expect to feel safe and supported. As with the rest of the committee, our lovely Welfare and Inclusivity Rep, Nawras, can be contacted during rehearsals, or via the Orchestra's email address and on Facebook if you wish to talk. Our society has always welcomed everyone with a passion for music, irregardless who they are and where they are from, and always will. For more information, click here.

Members with accessibility requirements can access our rehearsals by using the step-free door into the Meeting House (located on the side opposite the steps), and the lift which will take you up into the chapel. Let us know if you need any help!

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  • Symphony Orchestra 1 Year Membership£20.00

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