Music at the University of Leicester

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Paul Jenkins (Professor of Chemistry) conducting the University Orchestra

There is a vibrant music scene at the University of Leicester. Whether it’s the Coull String Quartet at Attenborough Arts Centre, Kasabian at the O2 Academy or the Philharmonia at De Montfort Hall, there are lots of ways to engage with the musical life of the University:

Attenborough Arts Centre

Small but perfect for small acoustic or semi-acoustic groups. Attenborough Arts Centre programmes professional and semi-pro concerts throughout the year. We are always looking for performers for our Soundbites programmes – a free lunchtime concert every Tuesday from 12.45pm. We also support local amateur and community groups through our associated group scheme.

University of Leicester/Philharmonia Orchestra Partnership

A ground-breaking collaboration between the University of Leicester and the Philharmonia Orchestra was forged in 2010. Resident at De Montfort Hall, giving seven concerts per year and three schools concerts, the world-renowned Philharmonia has a long-term commitment to Leicester and to broadening its activity there beyond the concert platform.

In close consultation with the Vice-Chancellor, Attenborough Arts Centre and the Music Association, a scheme has been devised to allow the musicians of the orchestra to work alongside University students. The partnership takes several forms:

  • Philharmonia Scholarship students receive one-to-one tuition from Philharmonia players.
  • The University orchestra, bands and choirs are coached by relevant specialists.
  • Conducting tuition is provided for ensemble leaders.
  • Marketing and programming support is available from Philharmonia experts
  • And students can received discounted tickets to Philharmonia concerts.

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