Department ensembles

The Department of Music provides opportunities for students across the whole University to participate in its musical ensembles, the outputs of which make a significant contribution towards the University and city’s cultural life and vibrancy.


Ensembles have a prominent place in University of Sheffield Concerts, and additionally feature in outreach and education events, civic occasions, tour internationally, and participate in national competitions. Around 150 students a year participate in ensemble music making, featuring students from all faculties across the university. 

Sheffield University Chamber Choir

Sheffield University Chamber Choir is made up of students from both the department of music and other departments throughout the University. The SATB choir has 30 members and performs several concerts annually, both at the University and elsewhere in the city, and also leads in the University's Service of Remembrance and the official University Carol Service. The choir tour regularly and recent trips have included concerts in Dublin, Paris and London.

Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra

Sheffield University Chamber Orchestra is a student ensemble with a membership drawn from right across the university. The core of the ensemble is a small, elite string section and single winds, with extra players drafted in as programmes require. Typically, repertoire includes late Baroque and early Classical symphonic works and concertos, works for string orchestra, and 20th-century music.

Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra

Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra is an award winning dynamic group of young musicians drawn from across the University. They put on two major concerts every year in which they perform large orchestral works. They also give their members the opportunity to audition to be a soloist, conduct or compose for the orchestra.

Sheffield University Wind Orchestra

Sheffield University Wind Orchestra is a collaboration of talented musicians from across the University. They put on two major concerts every year in which they perform large orchestral works and tour internationally during the summer period. They also give their members the opportunity to audition to be a soloist, conductor or composer for the orchestra.

Baroque Ensemble

Baroque Ensemble runs during the second semester each year. A hand-picked chamber group working on repertoire from 1600 to 1750, the ensemble gives students an opportunity to work with the department’s collection of more than 40 period instruments.

New Music Ensemble

New Music Ensemble is a flexible group that plays contemporary and avant-garde music in a series of high profile concerts during the year. We regularly premiere the work of student composers alongside established classic repertoire of the 20th and 21st centuries - from Adams to Zaki. Recent concerts have featured the music of Birtwistle, Rands, Boulez, Webern and Maxwell Davies.

Indian Music Ensemble

The Indian Music Ensemble is a creative music group for Western instrument players and vocalists, led by our World Music Performer in Residence John Ball. The focus of the group is to learn, research, practice, compose and improvise within the idiom of Indian music. Students bring their own instruments and their voices. The group explores playing and improvising on different modes and scales, as well as learning to play along with some challenging traditional tabla drumming rhythm cycles. In January 2019 the group travelled to and performed at Baroda University in India.

The Tabla Ensemble

The Tabla Ensemble sessions introduce students to the playing techniques and vocabulary of Indian drumming. Playing in the ensemble teaches its members to develop and generate repertoire based on traditional Indian improvisation and composition methods, and as a group they work towards creating and developing 'Tabla Ensemble’ repertoire for performance.


TUOS Folk was established by renowned folk musician Fay Hield and is run by music students at the University. Our members are students, staff and alumni from various departments who come together to play and sing this music.

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