Annual auditions determine who will be awarded scholarships, and recipients also participate in ensembles run by the university’s Music Association. Scholarship holders span a variety of orchestral instruments, and lessons take place both in Leicester on Philharmonia concert days, and in London. One-to-one lessons form a part of a broader relationship between the Philharmonia and the University of Leicester which encompasses ensemble coaching, conducting tuition, marketing support and programming/logistics advice.
"My Philharmonia music scholarship has funded lessons with oboist Tim Rundle in Leicester and at the Royal Festival Hall in London. Other highlights include meeting Vladimir Ashkenazy when he conducted the Philharmonia at De Montfort Hall, and receiving tuition from Robin O'Neill (bassoonist and professor of conducting) before I conducted the University Orchestra in their performance of Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet last term. My scholarship has given me an unforgettable three years of music". - Anna Weatherill, Medical Student, University of Leicester