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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.

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 and the annual DMU Chancellor’s Concert. 

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Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust

Founded in 2006, Darbar Arts Culture Heritage Trust (Darbar) believes in the power of Indian classical arts to stir, thrill and inspire. Through digital connectivity, shared experiences and enrichment, they ensure that one of the finest art forms reaches the widest possible audience. Darbar delivers premium quality live events, music education, broadcasts and digital engagement through artistic innovation and creative technology. Darbar is also committed to providing a platform for new talent from the UK and India.

Working together with Darbar Festival, DMU Music has delivered two highly successful seasons of Indian Classical Music at DMU. Having brought some of the world's finest Indian classical musicians to Leicester, Darbar and DMU have introduced audiences to the sounds of different instruments and music which they may not have heard before.

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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 #DMUlocal. These projects include working with young people and communities in education and healthcare settings across the city, including HMP Leicester, as well as supporting the tremendous work of local and national charities.

Projects such as these allow students to develop new and existing skills and experience to create and deliver participatory music programmes that can create real impact and make a difference to the lives of communities in Leicester.

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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 programmes.

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, whilst also providing opportunities for members of the DMU Jazz Band to participate in masterclass workshops with leading international artists. 

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Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub

Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub is a collective of local and national partners and schools, working together to deliver the National Plan for Music Education to all young people aged 5-18 in Leicester and Leicestershire. In 1948 the very first Music Service opened its doors in Leicestershire, establishing a rich heritage of music education and opportunities for City and County students that continues to this day. 70 years later, the aim of the Music Education Hub remains to provide all young people opportunity and access to excellent classroom teaching, instrumental and vocal tuition, as well as providing clear opportunities for progression, from beginners through to our high quality central ensembles.

In April 2018 and in partnership with the Music Hub, DMU presented its first ever Schools Concert with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra, welcoming over 700 KS2 children to The Venue@DMU.

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Bullfrog Arts

Since 2010 Bullfrog Arts have been engaging the most vulnerable children and young people of Leicester City in high quality arts activities. Using mainly singing and music, their work focuses on improving emotional health, wellbeing and self-efficacy. All the work is carefully tailored to meet the needs of the individual and support the creative, expressive and musical ability of those that the team work with.

The Bullfrog Arts staff are skilled musicians, teachers, social workers and creative practitioners who are specialists in working with Looked After Children and supporting learners who have experienced trauma and loss in their lives. The Bullfrog Approach has been proven to help children and young people regulate stress, improve self-confidence, build resilience and nurture a positive sense of self-image and worth. Bullfrog Arts work in partnership with a number of great local organisations to ensure their work has the maximum impact for the young people that they are privileged to work with.

From the autumn of 2017, Bullfrog Arts have brought their skill, expertise and musical enthusiasm to a new audience: the students and staff members of DMU. A collaboration with DMU Music and the DMU Mental Health Team, Bullfrog Arts now run regular term-time workshops of Japanese Taiko Drumming on campus as part of the DMU Thrive programme. Students and staff can participate in these weekly workshops and catch a few hours of focus, fun and learning a new skill.

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