Musical Leaders

Musical Leaders at the University of Reading are advanced level performers who are keen to develop their skills in performance and leadership. This is a prestigious and exciting appointment with many high-profile opportunities to perform and represent the University throughout the year. Applications are invited from any undergraduate or postgraduate students at the University of Reading. Students must be studying at the University throughout the period of their time as Musical Leaders. The Musical Leaders scheme contributes to the RED Award.

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 this programme will not be running in the 2020-21 academic year.  We look forward to starting up again in the 2021-22 academic year.  Keep an eye out for notices.  

As a musical leader, you will perform as soloists and in small chamber ensembles at University events throughout the year. You will be a regular performing member of any of the Music at Reading ensembles. By participating in this scheme, your leadership training could focus on working as a section leader, accompanist, assistant conductor, or coach for these ensembles.

Successful Musical Leaders will be able and advanced level solo performers on any instrument or voice. We are keen to support all performers from the University student community, and welcome applications from singers working in any style, and those who play pop or jazz band instruments, orchestral instruments and any other traditional instrument. We welcome joint applications from existing duos and trios, and those who are new to Music at Reading.

The Musical Leaders scheme has been granted funding to support regular coaching for participants, an accompanist for performances, sheet music, travel and subsistence for off-site activities, and purchase of other musical sundries.


Coaching will focus on:

  • Effective individual and ensemble performance
  • Non-verbal communication in performance
  • Stage presence
  • Accompanying skills
  • Conducting and directing skills
  • Leading from within an ensemble

Engagements are likely to include:


  • Chancellors Awards Reception
  • Vice-Chancellor’s functions
  • House of Lords Alumni Reception
  • Alumni and Donor events
  • Open Days


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