President of Bristol University Symphonia Orchestras

Symphonia Gold Balloon Accreditation 2022

My role as President of Bristol University Symphonia in 2022 (formerly Vice President in 2021 and Orchestral Manager in 2020) involved leading the strategy and vision of a university orchestral society as well as ensuring day-to-day orchestral management of its ensembles and care for student welfare. I have worked hard to delegate committee work, develop communication strategies within the team and represent the society through powerful branding to the University student body, including through creation of marketing content on Canva, Microsoft Office and Google Drive. This has been a great leadership and team-building experience for me, and I am delighted to have fostered a fun-loving music-making community and left a legacy for the society.

It was the greatest joy for the 2021/22 committee to see the society bounce back after a hiatus.

  • We achieved Bristol SU Gold Balloon Accreditation for the second year in a row.
  • We ran a programme of five successful concerts, including a sell-out collaboration Arias event with BOPS which raised the profile of our Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • We increased the inclusivity of our orchestral repertoire and its presentation.
  • With the help of Bristol SU Grant Scheme, we purchased professional sound and video recording equipment a microphone for Symphonia to enable the professional sound recording of our concerts.
  • We introduced new merchandise, including a line of takeaway cups that enable our rehearsals to be environmentally friendly and waste-free.
  • We reignited momentum towards purchasing Symphonia our own percussion.

We were so grateful to our members for their engagement in helping us build our music making to be stronger than ever.

Symphonia Welcome Fair 2022

Symphony Orchestra Easter 2022

Timothy Rafferty - Vice-President 2022