The University of London Symphony Orchestra is widely recognised as one of the leading student orchestras in the UK. Founded in 1955, ULSO was established to provide students from the diverse academic backgrounds of the University of London’s component colleges with the opportunity to play together.
The orchestra seeks to provide students with the unique opportunity to study and perform some of the most challenging symphonic repertoire to the highest standard, catering both for those wishing to continue and develop their performance skills whilst completing degrees in non-musical subjects, as well as attracting members seeking to pursue careers in professional music.
ULSO is made up of students from nearly every univerisity in London. We are unique in that we offer the opportunity to rehearse and perform large-scale symphonic works at an exceptionally high level and on a regular basis to students regardless of what they study - entry is soley by performance at auditon. We always have a mix of conservetoire students and students who wish to pursue music as a serious hobby.
Daniel is Conductor at the New York City Ballet and is our current Music Director and Principal Conductor. He has conducted ULSO since 2010 and now performs around three projects with us per year. Read his full biography at danielcapps.com.
Every year, ULSO also invites professional guest conductors to take on some of our projects. We have been fortunate to have attracted conductors of exceptional quality, including Peter Stark, Justin Doyle, Masayuki Cavalho and William Carslake but to name a few.
ULSO is run by students for students. A committee is elected from the orchestra each year and is responsible for the behind-the-scenes organisation necesary for the success of the orchestra. Here are the profiles of the current committee members so you can spot them during rehearsal. Come and say hello!
Hi, I'm Chris, a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, and I'm the Chair of ULSO this year. I am responsible for leading the orchestra committee; directing communications with conductors, venues and the rest of the committee; and heading the artistic direction and decision-making for the season. I also work with the Orchestral Manager to assist with fixing players for the orchestra. We have a wonderfully vibrant and varied season of concerts this year, and I do hope that you'll be able to join us to enjoy our work this year, whether as an audience member or a player!
Hello, I’m Charlotte and I am thrilled to be the Orchestral Manager of ULSO for the 2018/2019 season! I am currently a third-year oboist at the Royal Academy of Music and have enjoyed playing full-time with the orchestra for two years. As the Orchestral Manager, I work with the chair to organise auditions and then to fix the orchestra throughout the year – so if you’d like to be part of the orchestra, let me know!
Hi, I’m Sophia. As the treasurer for ULSO, I am responsible for managing the finances for the orchestra.
Hello! I’m Angela, and I’m a second year medic at KCL. I’m very excited to be part of committee in my second year of playing in ULSO. As publicity officer, I’m in charge of marketing the orchestra and our concerts. Crucially, I provide tea and biscuits for rehearsals, and instigate our post-rehearsal pub trips
Hi! I'm Lucy and I'm ULSO's librarian for the year. This is my third year in the orchestra and I'm currently studying history at SOAS. I deal with the music for our projects - both hard copies for rehearsals and scans for practice - so if you need anything, ask me!
This is my 6th year in ULSO! I am the maker and maintainer of this website. If you notice anything weird or broken, let me know!