DMU Music leads and participates in a range of local, national and international projects, working with students, staff and the wider community and collaborating with signature DMU projects including: DMU Square Mile, #DMUlocal and #DMUglobal.
Through our projects DMU Music strives to present high quality music-making and performance opportunities to new and existing audiences, with particular focus on developing and supporting emerging artists in addition to creating opportunities for DMU musicians to work with and learn from some of the finest musicians in the country.
International Jazz Series
Premiering first in 2016, DMU Music has curated an exciting annual programme of International Jazz at DMU, in collaboration with Leicester Jazz House. The Series presents an annual international programme of concerts on campus, featuring some of the finest musicians on the UK contemporary jazz scene.
Previous artists having performed in past seasons include: Arun Ghosh, Trish Clowes, the Jeff Williams Quintet, the Tim Garland Quartet, the Julian Siegel Jazz Orchestra, Solstice, Gilad Atzmon, Andrew McCormack, the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and QCBA.
Indian Classical Music Series
DMU Music and the Darbar Arts and Heritage Trust are collaborating to bring Indian classical music to De Montfort University through a series of lunctime concerts held on campus open to staff, students and the local community.
The series is part of the university's #LoveInternational campaign, providing audiences with an opportunity to enjoy sounds of India.
Some of the world's finest Indian classical musicians are coming to Leicester to introduce audiences to the sounds of different instruments and music which they may not have heard before. Previous guests include: Debasmita Bhattacharya, Gurdain Rayatt, Harjinderpal Singh, Shabaz Hussain, Roopa Panesar, Surdarshan Chana, Harmeet Virdee, Jyotsna Srikanth, Parupalli Phalgun, Srikanth Venkataraman and Emmy-nominated Maestro Shashank Subramanyam.
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In 2019 we embarked on a new phase in our partnership with Guildhall School of Music and Drama (GSMD), inspired by The Messengers project.
Roll Call is a new Leicester-based band whose participants include DMU staff and students, and service users and staff of local homelessness charities. Formed in February 2019, the band meets for creative workshops, resulting in a final performance of their own music. Led by highly skilled musicians from GSMD who specialise in socially engaged arts practice, members can re-kindle, build upon and discover their musical creativity. Roll Call is a creative collaboration without barriers that reflects the artistic and unique identity of its members.
Participants in the project have the opportunity to work alongside some of the finest creative practitioners and musicians in the UK. If you’re looking for an opportunity to broaden your existing skills, meet new people and develop your understanding of music as a social practice, register your interest via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next project dates: February 2020
Training and introduction day: November 2019 (date to be announced)
Hear and Now
This unique project brings together DMU students, Leicester Musical Memory Box (formerly the Alzheimer's Society's 'Singing for the Brain'), a singing group for people affected by dementia and other memory problems, musicians from local primary schools and members of the Philharmonia Orchestra.
Together, this intergenerational group creates an original composition over the course of four days, culminating in a final performance at the end of the project. Comprising over 60 participants, this multi-layered project is unique for its quality, creativity, diversity, scale and age-span.
Music at HMP Leicester
Launched in January 2017, the DMU Music/HMP Leicester partnership presented an epic concert by the DMU Orchestra, thought to be the first of its kind in the prison's 190 year history.
Together with our partners at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, we are running innovative workshops that brings together DMU students, prisoner musicians and prison staff musicians together to collaboratively create and perform original music, in addition to supporting weekly Music Education programmes at HMP Leicester.
DMU Music firmly believes in the rehabilitating power of music and community and in the importance of providing our students with opportunities to grow as people as well as musicians.
Are you a DMU student interested in joining our project at HMP Leicester? Get in touch!