Student musicians conductor and composer feature in free concert at De Montfort Hall

A free classical morning concert this Saturday 12 March features not only talented student musicians from the University of Leicester but also a student conductor and the premiere of a Leicestershire-themed piece by a student composer, showcasing the range of talent to be found on campus.

For several years now the University has enjoyed a collaborative arrangement with the acclaimed Philharmonia, one of the UK’s greatest orchestras, which has a residency at De Montfort Hall. As part of this arrangement, student musicians can receive one-on-one training with members of the Philharmonia.

Saturday’s concert will feature members of the University Orchestra, playing alongside Philharmonia musicians, in a programme of three hugely popular works plus one locally relevant premiere.

Rachmaninoff, Piano Concerto No.2 (first  movement)

William Sanders, a final year student in our School of Modern Languages, is the soloist for this perennial favourite with its utterly distinctive opening bars. Dr Paul Jenkins, Honorary Senior Lecturer in our Department of Chemistry, conducts.

Ruth Martin, Lady Jane Grey

The world premiere of this new piece by composer Ruth Martin who completed a PGCE in our School of Education last year. This is not Ruth’s first work on the theme of Leicestershire royalty: the University Orchestra premiered her piece inspired by King Richard III in December 2014.

Sibelius, Finlandia

This patriotic ‘tone poem’ has never fallen out of favour with performers and audiences. Harriet Veale, currently studying for a postgraduate degree in our School of English, will conduct.

Rossini, William Tell Overture

Paul Jenkins picks up the baton once again for the rousing, boisterous finale of the ‘Lone Ranger theme’ – as much fun to play as it is to listen to.

Saturday’s concert at De Montfort Hall, which starts at 11.30am, is free to attend. Light refreshments will be available before and after the concert.

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