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We are a musical society made up of a choir, orchestra and various small ensembles. We don't have a minimum standard, never audition and pride ourselves in keeping our rehearsals relaxed and fun so you can get a break from the busy student life. While we were founded by medics, we are now all-inclusive and about half our members come from non-medical degrees. In order to hold onto our medical roots, all the money we raise from our concerts is donated to medical charities. We generally perform a range of classical music and more contemporary pieces from film or theatre. Once you become a member, you can borrow digital and paper copies of our pieces online from the Music Library, where you can also suggest/vote on pieces for the coming term.
In recent years we've also had a number of very successful small ensembles, including two Brass Bands (Gwyd and the Brasslets, and the Brasstronauts), String Ensemble, Flute Choir and Woodwind Quintet. These groups don't have set rehearsal times so to get involved or start up your own just speak to us at rehearsals.
How often do you Perform?
The whole society comes together twice a year for our semesterly charity concerts. The choir also takes part in the Medical school's Anatomy Memorial Service where we give thanks to the families of those who have donated their bodies to science.
We also organise an annual weekend tour which is open to all our members. This usually comprises of two concerts supporting charities that are local to the areas we visit.
How can I get Involved?
Check out our social media for any and all updates! Our Instagram is edi_musicalmedics. Our Facebook is Edinburgh University Musical Medics Society. Our twitter is edimusicmedics. At the start of the year you can find us at all the online Freshers' fairs - see our Calendar for times and locations. Come along and have a chat about the society and let us answer any questions you might have. This is also the first chance to sign up to our mailing list from which you will get a weekly e-mail about all that is going on.
Loads of our members get started by just turning up to a rehearsal. If you don't know anyone, or haven't played your instrument in a while this can be a bit daunting but please don't be put off, we're a friendly bunch and will do our best to make sure you have a great time. Our socials this year will comply with COVID 19 safety procedures; for now organised socials will be held online, with potential for smaller groups to meet in person
You can come and try us out for free but if you would like to come regularly, membership is £10 for the year (an absolute bargain). If you're not studying at Edinburgh, you're also very welcome to join and the membership price is the same. Speak to our Treasurer to pay your dues.
Where do you Rehearse?
We rehearse every Thursday (usually in Alison House, Nicholson Square. It's just behind Bristo Square.) However, for the academic year 2020/21 we will be rehearsing online via Zoom. We will bring the music to your home! Instructions will be sent round and the first couple of weeks will be a time to figure out and adapt to this new rehearsal style.
How are we adapting to COVID?