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 7 concerts, with repertoire including such pieces as: Beethoven's Ninth, Seventh and Second Symphonies, Mozart’s ‘Overture to the Marriage of Figaro’ 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 (four rehearsals). To stay up to date with audition opportunities and concert dates, see the DMU news pages, follow DMU Music on social media or sign up to our newsletter.
DMU Chamber Choir
The DMU Chamber Choir is an 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.
Once a year, the DMU Chamber Choir expands to form the occasion-based DMU Chorus, collaborating with the DMU Orchestra on performances of pieces such as Beethoven's 'Symphony No.9' and Handel's 'Zadok the Priest'.
The DMU Chamber Choir rehearses every term-time Wednesday from 17:30 - 18:45 and Thursday from 18:00 - 20:00 on the DMU campus. Interested in joining the Chamber Choir? Auditions for 2018/2019 will take place between 26 - 29 September 2018! Get in touch now for more information.
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.
The DMU Jazz Band rehearse on every Wednesday evening during term time from 18:30 – 20:30 in the Chantry building.
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!