Music partnerships

Our cultural partnerships encourage students and staff to think differently and work across traditional academic boundaries.

LJMU is proud of our partnerships with:

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Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

The UK's oldest professional symphony orchestra perform in Liverpool landmark, the Philharmonic Hall. The Grade 2 listed concert hall is also a popular venue for rock concerts, stand-up comedy, and film screenings.

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Sound City

The annual three day festival of live music and the arts as well as the music and digital industry conference, Sound City +.


How we work with our music partners

Conducted by the renowned conductor, Vasily Petrenko, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra has an illustrious history and has been a part of Liverpool’s cultural fabric since 1840. As part of the Liverpool Philharmonic Learning Programme, our students have the opportunity to create music alongside some of the world's leading musicians.

As Principal Partner of the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, 400 of our students and staff get free tickets to all of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra’s performances every semester, as well as a 20% discount on other performances.

We have an exclusive cultural educational partnership with Sound City, giving students an innovative learning experience in addition to discounted access to the popular music festival.

Through paid work placements, our students can apply the skills they have gained from their courses at LJMU to the busy, live environment of Sound City. Examples of some of the work our students have been involved in includes capture and production of films of the event, outdoor site design, as well as a range of support roles from green room assistants to new artist liaison.

Stronger together

We work with the organisations closely on a range of events and initiatives including:

Professional master class:
in celebration of the 175th anniversary of the Liverpool Philharmonic, Classic FM broadcast a day’s programmes from LJMU’s Redmonds Building radio studio. After his programme, broadcaster John Suchet met over 50 journalism students to talk about his 40-year career.

Roscoe Lectures:
the Philharmonic Hall has proved to be a popular venue for our prestigious Roscoe Lectures, one of Britain’s largest public lecture series. The talk by the internationally acclaimed writer of children’s fiction Michael Morpurgo OBE for example was attended by around 1,700 people.

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Ensemble of musicians perform at Liverpool Philharmonic, Light Night 2016.

"We offer students a ‘behind the scenes’ look at a modern music organisation and show them the multitude of job opportunities that the performing arts industry offers, potentially giving them a valuable headstart to their careers."

Charli Taylor -
Head of Corporate and Individual Giving, Liverpool Philharmonic