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
"The scholarship has allowed me to keep up my horn playing and improve a lot more than I expected by providing me with such a great teacher, and has encouraged me to go to Philharmonia concerts and open rehearsals which have inspired me a lot. It has been a brilliant experience for me, for which I am very grateful to both the university and the Philharmonia, and would highly recommend to any musician at the university" - Phoebe Allebon-Salt, First Year student 2013/14, University of Leicester