During the time of our residency in Leicester, audiences for classical music have doubled and the residency has proved to be a paradigm of its kind, with an active and integrated local community and education programme complementing performances.
A key part of the Orchestra's Leicester residency is Orchestra Unwrapped. Reaching thousands of primary school children each year, this specially tailored concert series provides a dynamic, interactive and accessible introduction to the orchestra and its instruments. Accompanying teacher training sessions and resources ensure that understanding is deepened, and that the legacy of the project lasts long beyond the concert experience.
The University of Leicester has worked in partnership with the Philharmonia for several years, enabling collaborations between members of the Orchestra and students involved in musical activities at the University. The programme of work encompasses tuition for music scholarship holders, coaching of student-led ensembles, discounted concert tickets, and arts management advice. To find out more about our partnership with the University and a behind the scenes look at everything we do, you can watch our short film here.
With concert seasons continuing to feature world-class artists, and the growth of projects such as those detailed above, the Philharmonia looks forward to continuing its successful Leicester residency for many years to come.