The DMU Music ensembles present a wealth of opportunities for amateur and professional musicians on campus and within the county.
Led by a team of professional musical directors, each ensemble strives to create quality musical experiences through performing an ambitious, challenging repertoire, focusing on the development and skills of our musicians.
Centred around DMU’s partnership with the internationally renowned Philharmonia Orchestra, the DMU Orchestra brings together DMU students and staff with local and international, amateur and professional musicians. Led by internationally-renowned conductor and violinist, Adrián Varela, the DMU Orchestra aims to make orchestral music more accessible to everyone, often performing in local churches, as well as venues such as HMP Leicester.
Since the premiere of their first concert in June 2016, the Orchestra has performed a total of 8 concerts, with repertoire including such pieces as: Beethoven's Ninth, Seventh and Second Symphonies, Mozart’s ‘Overture to the Marriage of Figaro’ and Symphony No. 41 ‘Jupiter’, and Handel's 'Zadok the Priest', alongside classic rock anthems, such as AC/DC's 'Back in Black' and Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody'.
Rather than rehearse weekly, the orchestra meets for an intensive rehearsal schedule in the build up to each concert (three rehearsals).
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Next concert date: Saturday 23 November, Leicester Cathedral
DMU Chamber Choir
The DMU Chamber Choir is a SATB choir, first established in 2016. Led by professional Musical Director Willard Welsford, the choir explores repertoire from the past 500 years of classical choral tradition, as well as more contemporary pieces. Regular concerts include services at Mary de Castro, and lunchtime and evening concerts in and around Leicester. The choir also perform around the country, past performances include Evensong at Peterborough Cathedral and a weekend residency at Worcester Cathedral.
Rehearsals are during term-time every Wednesday from 5.30-6.45pm and Thursday from 6-8pm on the DMU campus. Interested in joining the Chamber Choir? Auditions for 2019 – 20 will take place between 26 and 28 September 2019! Get in touch now for more information.
Once a year, the DMU Chamber Choir expands to form the occasion-based DMU Chorus, collaborating with the DMU Orchestra. Past performances have included pieces such as Beethoven's 'Symphony No.9' Handel’s 'Zadok the Priest', as well as works by Mozart and Haydn.
DMU Jazz Band
The DMU Jazz Band was created through DMU’s strategic partnership with Leicester Jazz House in 2016. The Jazz Band performs a wide array of jazz, incorporating classics such as Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald, as well as more modern artists such as Norah Jones. In addition to live performance, DMU Jazz Band recorded their debut album ‘Ladybird’ in 2020. A highly creative and dedicated team, the band recorded part of the album during lockdown, as well as creating their own YouTube mini-series.
The DMU Jazz Band rehearse on every Wednesday evening during term time from 18:30 – 20:30 in the Chantry building and perform at venues in around Leicester throughout the year. Follow the band's rehearsals and concerts on Twitter or Instagram via @dmujazzband.
Would you like to perform with the DMU Jazz Band? Then get in touch!
Taiko drumming is an ancient Japanese Art form that’s highly accessible and easy to pick up. It makes for a great physical exercise as well as mental relaxation, through focussing on the rhythm of the drums. DMU Taiko is open to all our students and staff and is a fun, accessible and relaxing way to spend an afternoon!
These weekly term-time workshops run every Wednesday 2 – 4pm, led by the expert team of Bullfrog Arts, and include rhythm games, learning traditional repertoire and creating new pieces of music for performances.