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 to nine concerts, featuring the world’s leading conductors and soloists, performing the same repertoire we take to concert halls as far afield as Tokyo and New York. Artists for this season include some of the most established names in the classical music world including Vladimir Ashkenazy, Lorin Maazel and Hélène Grimaud, as well as introducing a new generation of artists such as conductor Nicholas Collon and violinist Esther Yoo.
Beyond the stage, the Philharmonia runs an extensive programme of education and community projects working with a wide variety of Leicester residents. Past projects have included commissioning and performing the opening ceremony fanfare for the Special Olympics in July 2009, involving Philharmonia players performing alongside youth brass bands and children from five Leicester City SEN schools. In March 2010, we worked in partnership with the Royal Shakespeare Company to create a major project around Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet working with five Leicester City primary schools culminating in a major performance at the Curve.
Currently the orchestra is running the exciting Orchestra Unwrapped project, offering every 7-11 year old child in Leicester the opportunity to hear the world-class Philharmonia Orchestra. Click here to read more about this groundbreaking project.
The Philharmonia is also in partnership with the University of Leicester to offer students the opportunity to receive individual instrument tuition with members of the Orchestra; the University’s various orchestras and bands receive coaching from Philharmonia players; and a new student audience scheme has been created for students to attend Philharmonia concerts at DMH.
Leicester has also provided the venue for some of the Orchestra’s cutting edge digital projects, including in 2010 the award-winning Re-Rite project, an interactive, virtual orchestra installation of Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which saw over 2000 people visiting the installation in five days.
You can keep fully up to date with the Philharmonia’s latest news, by visitingwww.philharmonia.co.uk. We look forward to seeing you at a performance at De Montfort Hall soon.
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