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.

Full Biography

Upcoming Concerts


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 Capps - Music Director

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.

Guest Conductors

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!


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Tom Rowan-Young Violin, GSMD


Hi, I'm Tom, a former Masters student at Guildhall School of music and Drama, 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!

Orchestral Manager

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Esme Goudie Viola, UCL


Hi there! I'm a medic at UCL currently intercalating in Neuroscience. As orchestra manager I'm responsible for knowing who's going to be where when and your first contact for rehearsal details and informing us of absences and deps.


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Joanna Donnelly Violin, UCL


Hi, I’m Joanna, a third year PhD student studying Chemistry and this is my third year in the orchestra! As the treasurer for ULSO, I am responsible for managing the finances for the orchestra.


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Izzie Thompson Violin, UCL


Hi, I’m Izzie, a third year History student at UCL and ULSO’s publicity officer (this is my second year in the orchestra). I sort out the advertising and programmes for the concerts, as well as much-needed biscuits and tea for rehearsals!


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Natalie Bevan Cello, KCL


Hi I'm Natalie. I'm a first year PhD student and this is my second year in ULSO. I am your first port of call for all things music related, whether you would like practise copies or need to arrange getting your parts to a rehearsal.When not organising music or studying I enjoy reading and baking.


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Wenye Zhao Violin, IC


This is actually is my 5th year in ULSO and no, I can't quite believe it! I was Chair last year and I'm now webmaster. I made this site and it's the first I've made from scratch so if you notice anything that doesn't work or have any comments, let me know!