University of Leicester eBulletin

Fanfare Marks Jubilees

July 2002
No 152

A special fanfare composed for the double celebrations of the Queen’s Jubilee and the University of Leicester’s 80th Anniversary heralded the procession of VIPs and staff at the University’s degree congregations on July 10, 11 and 12 at the De Montfort Hall, Leicester, this week.

At the request of Kieran O’Riordan, who organises and conducts the music at the Leicester degree congregations, composer and Director of Music at the University Mr Anthony Pither has written the Fanfare for brass quintet with the addition of a side drum. The music dovetails into Brahms’s Gaudeamus Igitur, the music to which the procession traditionally enters the hall at the start of each ceremony.

Anthony Pither said: “This is another instance of the greater presence music has enjoyed at Leicester degree congregations over the past three years at the request of the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Robert Burgess.”

NOTE TO EDITORS: Further information is available from Mr Anthony Pither, Director of Music, University of Leicester, telephone 0116 252 2780, facsimile 0116 270 2782, email

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