We are the Southampton University String Orchestra. We have around 20 active members, rehearse weekly (during term time) and put on three concerts a year.

Who We Are

SUStrings was founded in 2006 by Zoe Bolton and Mel Morgan to provide an opportunity for string players at the University of Southampton to explore the extensive and varied repertoire for string orchestra.
The orchestra performs music for string orchestra from a broad scope of musical eras and gives one concert at the end of each term. The orchestra has been conducted by George Holloway, Tilly Burgess, Dominic Harries, Joseph Beckhelling, Rosie McNiff and is currently led by Serena Evans.
There are no auditions for joining the orchestra, although there is an informal requirement of grade 5 equivalent to join.


Take place once a week on highfield campus. They normally start at 7:30 (although that time gets earlier before concerts) and last around 2 hours with a 15 minutes break. For details of upcoming rehearsals see our calendar below. After rehearsals many members go to Stag's Head where there is often pizza.

What's On

2016/17 is seeing SUStrings busier than ever, performing at five events; two before Christmas (including busking!), two in the New Year, and a final Summer Concert.


Previous Concerts

Below is some of the music that we have played at our end of term concerts in previous years.

Eternal Light

In the Spring of 2017 we joined with suSingers to perform:

  • Eternal Light Requiem by H. Goodall
  • 5 Hebrew Love Songs by E. Whitacre
  • 5 Variations on Dives and Lazarus by V. Williams

Autumn Concert

In the Autumn of 2016 we performed:

  • String Symphony No. 2 by F. Mendelssohn
  • Deux Aquarelles by F. Delius
  • Theme and Variations by A.Glazunov
  • Cavatina from 13th String Quartet
  • Divertimento for Strings by G. Walters

A Summer Film Festival

In the summer of 2016 we performed music from:

  • Star Wars by J. Williams (arr. C. Burgess)
  • The Legend of Zelda by K. Kondo (arr. C. Burgess)
  • Toy Story (When She Loved Me) by R. Newman (arr. R. McNiff)
  • James Bond
  • Moon River by H. Mancini
  • The Godfather by N. Rota
  • Undertale by T. Fox (arr. C. Burgess)
  • Pirates of the Caribbean by K. Badelt

Spring Concert

In the Spring of 2016 we performed:

  • Simple Symphony for Strings by E. Britten
  • Fantasy for Strings by L. Gosling
  • Molly on the Shore (Trad. Folk, arr P. Grainger)
  • Suite for Strings by L. Janáček
  • Palladio by K. Jenkins

A Winter Celebration

In the Winter of 2015 we performed:

  • Abdelazer (the Moor's Revenge) by H. Purcell
  • Serenade for Strings by E. Elgar
  • Lament by L. Gosling
  • Pictures at an Exhibition by M. Mussorgsky and arr. C. Burgess

Silver Screen Magic

In the summer of 2015 we performed music from:

  • Game of Thrones by R. Djawadi
  • James Bond by D. Arnold
  • The Avengers by A. Silvestri
  • Warhorse by J. Williams
  • Disney medley by Various

A Winter Celebration

In the Winter of 2012 we performed:

  • Divertimento K. 136 by W. Mozart
  • Meditation on 'St. Wenceslas' by J. Suk
  • Serenade for Strings by A. Dvořák

SUStrings Summer Concert

In the Summer of 2011 we performed:

  • The Holy Boy by J. Ireland
  • Oboe Concerto in D minor, Op. 9, No. 2 by T. Albinoni
  • Charterhouse Suite by V. Williams
  • Capriol Suite by P. Worlock

Joint Spring Concert

In the spring of 2011 we joined with Flautissimo to perform:

  • Pirates of the Caribbean by K. Badelt and arr. D. Harries
  • The Hebrides Overture by F. Mendelssohn
  • The Pink Panther Suite by H. Mancini
  • Holberg Suite by E. Grieg
  • Divertimento in F Major by W. Mozart

SU Strings Winter Concert

In the Winter of 2010 we performed:

  • Harpsichord Concerto No. 7 by J.S. Bach
  • Simple Symphony for Strings by E. Britten
  • Abdelazer (the Moor's Revenge) by H. Purcell
  • Idyla by L. Janáček


The members of the orchestra from 2019-20 are:

1st Violin 2nd Violin Viola Cello Bass
Soonyiu YauHolly PyeHenry KennedyGavin MidgleyFiona Sunderland
Robert CockellEmily BowlerGeorge HaleChristabel Goode
Lily She-YinHannah PorterLorna FrankelLawrence Coles
Lucy MorganChris ColesEmily GissingDaniel Oldham
Magdalena Margol-Gromada


We are a democratic, student run society and each year we elect a committee to run the orchestra.

President: Fiona Sunderland

Overseeing the smooth running of the society, liaising with the students union and booking space for concerts and rehearsals.

Vice President: Hannah Porter

To help the president in their role and assist running of the orchestra as well as taking the president's place when they're unavailable.

Treasurer: Lawrence Coles

Paying people including the venues and musical director, collecting subs at the begining of the year and looking after the money we have.

Secretary: Gregor Broughton

Taking minutes at committee meetings, being involved in decision making and doing any tasks that may be delegated.

Librarian: Gavin Midgley

Organises the music for every concert including the choosing (jointly with the conductor), sourcing and sometimes arranging.

Conductor: Serena Evans

Runs rehearsals and conducts for both rehearsals and concerts. Although not a formal member of committee, the conductor often joins discussions at committee meetings.

Tour Sec: Claudia Tan

Arranges the yearly tour in the summer, including concerts, travel, accomodation and funding.

Social Sec: Alec Taylor-Durant

Arranges monthly socials for the society including the Christmas Meal. Is also responsible for members' well-being within the society.

Publicity Officer: Emily Gissing

Creates posters and banners for each of the concerts, as well as promoting them through social media.

Webmaster: Robert Cockell

Maintaining the society's online presence.

Get in touch

Whether you are a member of the university and are thinking of joining, would like to know more about our concerts or would just like to find out more, please do get in touch.

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