Players from Philharmonia to perform alongside aspiring University of Leicester talent

Posted by pt91 at Mar 11, 2016 10:26 AM |
Concert on Saturday 12 March is culmination of year’s partnership

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 11 March 2016

Professional and aspiring musical talent will come together at a concert that sees players from the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra perform alongside talented University of Leicester students.

As part of a long standing collaboration between the Philharmonia Orchestra and the University of Leicester, the University’s Orchestra will give a free Coffee Concert at De Montfort Hall on Saturday 12 March at 11.30am.

The Coffee Concert is presented ahead of the Philharmonia Orchestra’s evening concert on Saturday 12 March: Soundtracks from the Oscars, an evening of Academy Award winning film music, conducted by Carl Davis.

Members of the Philharmonia Orchestra will play alongside student players at the Coffee Concert, which includes well-known pieces from the classical music world as well as new material specially composed for the occasion.

Students who have received scholarships from the Philharmonia Orchestra will be performing, having benefited directly from individual tutoring from the professional players.

The programme will include Piano concerto No 2, 1st Movement by Rachmaninov, conducted by the University’s Dr Paul Jenkins, in which final year student in the School of Modern Languages William Sanders will perform as soloist on piano; Finlandia, by Sibelius, which will be conducted by Harriet Veale, postgraduate student in the School of English; and the instantly recogniseable William Tell by Rossini, conducted by Dr Paul Jenkins.

In addition, the University Orchestra will be performing Lady Jane Grey, an original composition by Ruth Martin. Ruth completed a PGCE in 2015 and benefited from a composition scholarship while studying.

Chris Roberts, President of the University of Leicester Orchestra, said:  "We are absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to work so closely with the Philharmonia. The partnership allows us to develop further as players and to undertake a more challenging repertoire. We are looking forward to welcoming the audience and hope that they enjoy this incredibly popular programme."

Dr Paul Jenkins, Honorary Director of University of Leicester Orchestra, said: “The relationship with the Philharmonia has given music at the University a great boost of enthusiasm. The orchestra, bands and choirs get the unique experience of coaching from world class musicians who are members of the Philharmonia Orchestra.”

The partnership between the world-renowned Philharmonia Orchestra and the University of Leicester was the first of its kind and provides a new platform for high quality music to be developed and showcased to a wider audience. The partnership brings illustrious musicians from the Philharmonia onto campus to provide masterclasses to students, thereby helping to nurture the next generation of talented musicians.

It has provided many benefits for music at the University since its inception, from providing scholarships for music lessons, giving masterclasses for all the societies during rehearsals to providing performance opportunities. This event is the culmination of over a year’s work from both the Philharmonia and members of the University of Leicester Orchestra.

Alexandra Brierley, Director of Education at the Philharmonia Orchestra, said: “The Philharmonia Orchestra is proud to provide ongoing support to the student-led musical activity at the University of Leicester, enabling collaborations between members of the Philharmonia and students involved in music at the University. Coaching and practical advice is provided by professional specialists to the various Music Association ensembles; the Orchestra, Big Band, Concert Band, Chorus and Chamber Choir. One-to-one instrumental lessons as part of an auditioned scholarship programme contributes to a broader relationship between the Philharmonia and the University of Leicester, which includes conducting and composing tuition, marketing support and programming/logistics advice. We’re delighted to be able to present this concert with University of Leicester Orchestra at our home in Leicester, De Montfort Hall.”

The concert takes place on Saturday 12 March at 11.30am in De Montfort Hall. Admission is free, no tickets required.  Light refreshments will be available an hour before and after the concert.


Notes to editors:

For more information contact Dr Paul Jenkins, Honorary Director of Student Music, University of Leicester on

Philharmonia Orchestra

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. Widely acknowledged as one of the UK’s foremost musical pioneers, and with an extraordinary recording legacy, the Philharmonia leads the field for its quality of playing, and for its innovative approach to audience development, residencies, music education and the use of new technologies in reaching a global audience. Together with its relationships with the world’s most sought-after artists, most importantly its Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor Esa-Pekka Salonen, the Philharmonia Orchestra is at the heart of British musical life.

Today, the Philharmonia has the greatest claim of any orchestra to be the UK’s national orchestra. It is committed to presenting the same quality, live music-making in venues throughout the country as it brings to London and the great concert halls of the world. In 2015 the Orchestra celebrates its 70th anniversary and the 20th anniversary of the foundation of its admired UK and international residency programme, which began in 1995 with the launch of its residencies at London’s Southbank Centre and Bedford’s Corn Exchange. The Orchestra also has long-term partnerships with De Montfort Hall in Leicester (Resident Orchestra since 1997), the Anvil in Basingstoke (Orchestra in Partnership since 2001), and, more recently, at the Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury and Three Choirs Festival (Resident Orchestra).

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