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Through our partnerships with some of the UK’s finest musical organisations, DMU Music aims to bring together our students, staff and the wider Leicester community with excellent professional music and musicians.

Whether through visiting our concerts, participating in one of our ensembles or engaging with one of our musical projects, we aim to create an exciting music programme through which everyone has unique opportunities to engage with internationally renowned professional musicians and composers.

Philharmonia Orchestra

Widely acknowledged for its pioneering approach to the role of an orchestra in the 21st century, the Philharmonia Orchestra leads the field for the quality of its playing and its innovative work with residencies, music education, audience development and the use of new technology to reach 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 is at the heart of British musical life.

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The Philharmonia’s Education work sits at the centre of the life and wider work of the Orchestra. The department’s work falls into four distinct strands – Schools and Young People, Communities and Family, Insights and the Emerging Artists programme, reaching tens of thousands of people every year.

Projects in Leicester include The Last Plantagenet, a large-scale community commission to celebrate the discovery of King Richard III’s remains, the Orchestra Unwrapped concert series at De Montfort Hall, the Hear and Now project in Leicester’s Highfields centre and the annual DMU Chancellor’s Concert. 

Guildhall School of Music and Drama

The Guildhall School of Music and Drama is one of the world’s leading conservatoires and drama schools, offering musicians, actors, stage managers and theatre technicians an inspiring environment in which to develop as artists and professionals.

The School is a global leader of creative and professional practice and promotes innovation, experiment and research. Twice-rated No.1 specialist institution in the UK by the Guardian University Guide, and recently selected as one of the top ten institutions for performing arts in the world, it has over 900 students in higher education, drawn from nearly 60 countries around the world.

Within the DMU partnership, the Guildhall School works together with our students within a range of projects across DMU Square Mile and #DMUlocal. These projects include working with young people and communities in education healthcare settings across Leicester, as well as supporting the tremendous work of local and national charities.

Through this partnership, DMU students get specialist mentoring support and training from postgraduate students in the Guildhall’s pioneering ‘Creative Learning and Leadership’ programmes. This mentoring support allows students to develop their skills and experience to create and deliver participatory music programmes that can create real impact and make a difference.

Leicester Jazz House

Leicester Jazz House CIC is one of five voluntary jazz organisations, funded by the Arts Council, working cooperatively in the East Midlands under the umbrella of parent organisation EMJAZZ.

The aim of Leicester Jazz House is to bring jazz music to as wide an audience  as possible and make it part of Leicester’s cultural life. They do this through the organisation of a programme of high quality gigs, as well as a school-based jazz educational programme for primary schools and a series of jazz workshops for senior schools.

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The Leicester Jazz House has developed close working relationships with local venues and actively support Leicester’s local jazz scene.

In 2016, DMU Music announced a new strategic partnership with Leicester Jazz House, to create the DMU International Jazz Series, bringing the finest international jazz musicians to DMU students, staff and city audiences. 

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