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!
Hello, my name is Magdalena Müller and I am going to be the chair of ULSO in 2020/21. I play the viola, the most beautiful instrument of them all, as the whole world knows. I am going into my second year of PPE at King’s and I am looking forward to making music together very much. 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 managers to assist with fixing players for the orchestra.
Hi, I am Lavinia and I am taking on the role of the vice-chair for this years ULSO committee. I am a second year biomedical sciences student at King’s and play the violin. A fun fact about me is that I am genuinely completely unable to cook, and will therefore now start taking cooking lessons with my flatmates. I am very excited to take part in the running of the orchestra this year and look forward to getting ULSO back to rehearsing as soon as possible!
Hi, I'm Athalie Armon-Jones and I'm the Orchestral Manager for ULSO for 2020/2021. I study the viola at the Royal Academy of Music and I can't wait to be playing with all my friends again as soon as possible! As part of my role this year, I’ll be organising the auditions as well as managing the fixing of players for the orchestra.
Heya! I’m Alex, the assistant orchestral manager for ULSO this year. I play violin, and am a 3rd year Biochemistry student at Queen Mary. Fun fact - I got a little too obsessed with plants after being stuck in my room with them over lockdown, and now my room is practically a plant nursery. I’m looking forward to playing with other people in real life again (and maybe gifting fellow orchestra members my overabundance of plants). I'll be helping with the duties of the orchestral manager, mainly helping with the fixing of the orchestra. Come say hello!
My name is Elli Kappeler and I play the violin. I’m a second year Arts and Sciences student at UCL. Besides classical music I like to try to persuade my British friends to listen to German rap- but for now I’m just happy to play in an orchestra again!
Hi, I'm Julia Flint and I am excited to be the publicity officer for ULSO 2020/21. I am a bassoonist, currently going into my third year at the Royal College of Music and in quarantine I decided to take up knitting, so I am currently struggling with making a scarf. I'm looking forward to playing with everyone again after 6 months without rehearsals! Once the pandemic is over, I shall be trying to secure large audiences for the orchestra by advertising far and wide, as well as managing the social media, supplying refreshments for the rehearsals, and getting everyone to the pub after all our hard work!
Hello! I'm Joey and I'm ULSO's librarian for the year. This is my second year in the orchestra and I'm currently studying music at KCL. As the librarian, I am responsible for the music for our projects - both hard copies for rehearsals and scans for practice. So feel free to reach out if you need anything!
Hi, I’m Michael Kohn and I’m delighted to be the secretary for ULSO 2020/21. I am a third-year mathematician at Imperial College London with an Ash Scholarship on the French Horn. I’m looking forward to welcoming new members of the orchestra this year! I am also the captain of the Imperial University Challenge team (no spoilers though!)
This is my 3rd year in ULSO and 2nd on committee! I am the developer and maintainer of this website, and I play violin. If you notice anything weird or broken, let me know!