Music opportunities

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There is a vibrant music scene at the University of Leicester and several ways that Attenborough Arts Centre  can support your enjoyment and playing of music.

Music Scholarships

The University of Leicester has a long-established relationship with the renowned Philharmonia Orchestra. As part of this arrangement, we are able to offer this scholarship under which talented student musicians receive one-on-one training from members of the Philharmonia.

This scholarship is open to students from any country, on the first year of any undergraduate or postgraduate degree, who play any orchestral instrument.

You should be Grade 6 (or above) or equivalent – although we will consider applications from highly competent musicians who have not followed a traditional grade pathway.

This scholarship is offered for one year initially, but if things go well it can potentially be extended throughout your studies.

The Philharmonia have a residence at De Montfort Hall (next to the University campus) where they perform seven times each year. Normally you will have one lesson each time the Philharmonia is in town for a total of six lessons. Occasionally it may be necessary to visit London for a lesson, in which case the University will refund your train fare.

As part of this scholarship, you will be expected to take an active part in the musical life of the University through music societies, concerts etc. as well as showing a full commitment to your lessons.

Take a look at last year's winners.


How to apply

Applications for the 2020/21 Philharmonia Scholarships will open on Monday 19 September 2020.

Complete the application form and email it to with a reference from a former teacher or music mentor.

A selection panel will create a short list and invite those students to audition at Attenborough Arts Centre, after which a final selection will be made. If successful, you will be informed within one week of your audition.

Deadline for applications is Monday 19 October


Auditions will be held on Monday 26 October 2020

You will be asked to prepare two short contrasting pieces (or extracts) totalling around five minutes of music. After your performance there will be a short interview. The audition will last about ten minutes in total.

The music you choose should show the best of your technical ability, but also demonstrate your musicality and ability to communicate. A piano accompanist can be provided. Please note that Attenborough Arts Centre does not have a drum kit or amps, however there is a PA system that can play CD/MP3 backing tracks.

The audition panel will be chaired by the Honorary Director of Student Music and will include:

  • a musician from the Philharmonia Orchestra
  • the Director of Education from the Philharmonia Orchestra
  • a local professional musician
  • renowned jazz musician Corey Mwamba who sits on Attenborough Arts Advisory Board

The President of the University of Leicester Music Association will sit in on the auditions but will not be part of the panel.


The panel's decision will not be made solely on your performance standard. They will also take into account:

  • Commitment to regular lessons and to practise
  • Enthusiasm for participation in a University music society
  • Willingness to perform and to engage with an audience
  • Readiness to be prepared for additional learning opportunities
  • Ability to be an ambassador for music at Attenborough Arts Centre


There are a limited number of scholarships available. If you are not successful, we hope you will nevertheless take advantage of the many musical opportunities on offer during your time at the University of Leicester.

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Music practice room bookings

Attenborough Arts Centre manages bookings for 3 of the music practice rooms based on the main University campus.

  • Charles Wilson Building 10th Floor (CW10) – suitable for group and band rehearsals and music tuition. Access to the room and instrument store cupboards is via access code.
  • Attenborough Seminar Block Ground Floor (Att PR 003) – suitable for individual and duet rehearsals or one-to-one teaching.  This room has two pianos.
  • Attenborough Seminar Block Ground Floor (Att PR 004) – suitable for individual and duet rehearsals or one-to-one teaching.  This room has one piano.


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Soundbites programme

In addition to the main music programme at Attenborough Arts Centre is a series of free lunchtime concerts called Soundbites. The concerts take place every Tuesday, starting at 12.45pm and last no more than one hour. For details of forthcoming Soundbites, and if you would like to play in a Soundbites concert, contact

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