Philharmonia Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded in the form of £500 and enables University of Leicester students to have lessons with members of the Philharmonia Orchestra who are in residence at De Montfort Hall, Leicester six times per year. The scholarship is offered for one year initially, but with successful participation it can often then be extended throughout your studies. Where possible, lessons are arranged whilst the musicians are in Leicester though there is scope to spend a portion of the scholarship funding to assist with travel to London (where the orchestra are based) or for a Philharmonia player to take a lesson in Leicester on a non-concert day. 

Who can apply?

  • Undergraduate or postgraduate students in their first year of study.
  • Students who play orchestral instruments .
  • The scholarships exist to support students wishing to pursue their musical activities whilst at the University of Leicester. Any instrument and style will be considered and Attenborough Arts Centre, will endeavour to match up scholars with a local teacher or member of the Philharmonia as appropriate. In return we expect to see successful students taking an active part in the musical life of the University by joining music societies, performing and organising concerts as well as showing a full commitment to their lessons. See more information on our criteria to apply.

How to Apply

Complete our application form. Once you have completed the form, email it to the Attenborough Arts Centre with a reference from a former teacher or music mentor.

This short application form captures your current playing standard and style as well as your reasons for applying. Some of these applications will then be selected for an audition which will take place at Attenborough Arts Centre.

The deadline for 2017/18 applications is TBC.

Application criteria

Successful scholars are usually the equivalent of Grade 6 or above, however, decisions are not made on performance standard alone. The following will also be taken into account:

  • Commitment to regular lessons and to practice
  • Enthusiasm for participation in a University music society
  • Willingness to perform and to engage with an audience
  • Readiness to be prepared for additional learning opportunities
  • Ability to be an ambassador for music at Attenborough Arts Centre

Auditions

Auditions are usually held at Attenborough Arts Centre and normally last around ten minutes. Two short contrasting pieces (or extracts) should be prepared totalling around five minutes of music. The music should show the best of your technical ability but also demonstrate your musicality and ability to communicate. A piano accompanist can be provided. Please note that Attenborough Arts Centre does not have a drum kit or amps, however there is a PA system that can play CD/MP3 backing tracks. Following your performance there will be a short interview.

The audition panel will be chaired by the Honorary Director of student music alongside a musician from the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Director of Education from the Philharmonia Orchestra and a local professional musician. The panel also includes guest interviewer renowned jazz musician, Corey Mwamba who sits on Attenborough Arts Advisory board, and the President of the Music association will be in attendance at the interviews as an observer. Successful candidates will be informed within a week of the audition. Attenborough Arts Centre and the Philharmonia Orchestra will help to match scholars to teachers; however it is the responsibility of the scholars to organise their own lessons.