Philharmonia Orchestra

Philharmonia Orchestra: Resident at De Montfort Hall

The Philharmonia Orchestra is one of the world’s great orchestras. Acknowledged as the UK’s foremost musical pioneer, with an extraordinary recording legacy, the Philharmonia leads the field for its quality of playing, and for its innovative approach to audience development, residencies, music education and the use of new technologies in reaching 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 Orchestra is at the heart of British musical life. Alongside its programme of over 150 concerts per year across the world, the Philharmonia can often be found in the studio recording for CD and soundtrack for the latest film video game releases.



Beyond its London home at the iconic Southbank Centre, the Philharmonia has also been resident orchestra in Leicester since 1997 and during this time has played a central role in Leicester’s rich artistic life. Each Season consists of seven concerts, featuring the world’s leading conductors and soloists, performing the same repertoire we take to our London home as well as on tour to the likes of China and Europe. Artists for this season include some of the most established names in the classical music world including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Carl Davis and Hélène Jakub Hrusa, as well as introducing a new generation of artists such as conductor Joshua Weilerstein and superstar pianist Daniil Trifonov.

Beyond the platform, the Philharmonia runs an extensive programme of education and community projects working with a wide range of Leicester residents. Recent projects have included Symphonize, a pioneering creative partnership between Philharmonia and Soft Touch Arts working with marginalised teenagers in Leicester, blending classical repertoire and style with urban and electronic beats; and The Last Plantagenet, a major new vocal and instrumental work commissioned by the Leicester-Shire Music Education Hub taking inspiration from the discovery of King Richard III and involving over 250 young singers and instrumentalists from across Leicestershire.

The orchestra’s flagship schools concert series at De Montfort Hall, Orchestra Unwrapped, offers thousands of Leicester school children the opportunity to experience live music in an engaging and exciting way, accompanied by the educational resources to fully understand it. Click here to read more about this ground-breaking concert series, which to date has reached over 14,900 children and their teachers from all over Leicester.

The Philharmonia continues to work in partnership with University of Leicester to support the activities of the University’s student-led Music Association, offering students the following opportunities -  individual instrument tuition with members of the Orchestra through a Scholarship Fund; coaching from Philharmonia players for the University's various orchestras and bands; and a student audience scheme providing students with the opportunity to attend Philharmonia concerts at De Montfort Hall at a discounted rate.

You can keep fully up to date with the Philharmonia’s latest news, by visiting look forward to seeing you at a performance at De Montfort Hall soon.

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