|January can be a quiet time for conferences not so at the University of Leicester. On January 4th over 150 young people descended equipped with unusual shaped belongings; the National Youth Orchestra had decided that the University of Leicester would be their base camp for the following week. Digby and Beaumont Halls; beautiful Edwardian houses set amongst tranquil landscaped gardens and adjacent to sixteen acres of botanic gardens were the perfect venue for practicing Tchaikovsky and inspiring young minds. The location, being in the heart of the midlands, made the University of Leicester an excellent choice for transporting young musicians to their concerts in Birmingham, Manchester and beyond. Company Manager, Andrea Robins, noted that the orchestra thoroughly enjoyed themselves and felt welcomed with the whole week running smoothly. The excellent reviews of their performances in many broadsheets completed what had proved to be a successful week all round.|
March also promises to be an exciting time at the University as the Rugby Union World Cup arrives on Monday 8 March. School children and students will have an opportunity to share in the celebration and pride of England’s momentous achievement.
The Webb Ellis trophy, which is touring the country on the ‘Sweet Chariot Tour’, will be brought to the University of Leicester Sports ground at Stoughton Road, Oadby – a short walk from the conference facilities at the halls of residence.
Matt Weir, Sports Development officer said: “We are honoured that the cup is coming to Leicester – it will provide real inspiration for those who enjoy sport in general and rugby in particular.”
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