News

  • Musicians Honoured by Leeds College of Music

    23/07/2014

    Ivor Novello award-winner Marc Almond and songwriter and former Kaiser Chief Nick Hodgson join long term supporters Patricia, Countess of Harewood and Liz and Terry Bramall as new Fellows of Leeds College of Music.

  • Reading rhythms: jazz game

    17/07/2014

    Leeds College of Music Jazz lecturers have created a Flash game to help you improve your rhythm reading skills – using live music recorded on campus. Have a go...

  • Leeds College of Music appoints new Principal

    16/07/2014

    The Board of Governors of Leeds College of Music today confirmed the appointment of Gerry Godley as the conservatoire's new Principal and Managing Director.

  • Video: Creative risks at the Gala Concert

    06/06/2014

    Meet student performers from the 2014 Gala Concert and hear how they prepare to take creative risks, in this behind-the-scenes video.

  • The art of collaboration

    31/05/2014

    Graduating Jazz drummer Matt McGraw talks to percussion virtuoso Joby Burgess about the challenges of musical creation and collaboration.

  • Production graduate wins a job with Hans Zimmer

    09/05/2014

    Film composer and winner of Hans Zimmer's Bleeding Fingers competition, Daniel Suett, chats to us about his winning track, meeting the man himself, and his new job over in LA. 

  • Musical Meanders: What does it take to be a Musical Director?

    07/05/2014

    Our occasional column 'Musical Meanders' hosts reflections and writings from our students on their own journeys as musicians and learners. This one comes from aspiring Musical Theatre Director Sam Sommerfeld. 

  • #LAL2014 - A festival to remember

    06/05/2014

    Student Rachel Jones recaps on Live at Leeds 2014 - a weekend full of incredible performances at Leeds College of Music and across the city. 

  • Musical Meanders: The musings of a student entrepreneur

    30/04/2014

    Our new 'Musical Meanders' column hosts reflections and writings from Leeds College of Music students on their own journeys as musicians and learners. Our first edition comes from Director of Alumni Records: Miranda Harmer. 

  • Behind 'Writing Leeds' with Saphena Holden

    29/04/2014

    Further Education student Saphena has been sharing her story to help her local community - a story that has spread as far as Australia. 

  • Video: singing a new song with Sam & Barb

    24/04/2014

    First year Pop student Samantha Jayne Hoare meets esteemed singer Barb Jungr to get some advice on bringing something new to existing material and what it takes to make it in the industry.

  • Video: when Faz met Bellatrix

    23/04/2014

    Third year classical violinist and beatboxer Faz Shah met the UK's Female Beatboxing Champion Bellatrix, to quiz her about her journey as a musician - and learn some new skills. 

  • Alphabetising success

    15/04/2014

    We spoke to electronic-pop duo alphabet., who are taking the UK music scene by storm - having their tracks played across the breadth of the web and Radio 1.  

  • Video: inside the Live Lounge

    25/03/2014

    Studio session meets live performance – we go behind-the-scenes at Leeds College of Music's Live Lounge to meet the sound engineers and producers who make this unique showcase of student talent possible

  • Video: Iain Archer, Leo Wyatt and 'Steeplejack'

    25/03/2014

    Visiting Professor Iain Archer is a songwriter for acts such as Snow Patrol and Jake Bugg. Here, he reflects with alumnus Leo Wyatt on songwriting together.

  • Video: Matt Rhea on Postgraduate study

    24/03/2014

    We spoke to postgraduate student Matt Rhea about what studying further has given them, and why he approached it as an option in the first place.  

  • Introducing student label, Alumni Records

    24/03/2014

    A student-run record label: run by musicians for musicians. Following the success of their first compilation album, we spoke to the directors of new label Alumni Records about how they've hit the ground running. 

  • 210 Years in the making - A Steinway Story

    24/03/2014

    We've worked with Leeds College of Art students to create a limited edition design to celebrate our Classical Steinway Showcase this April. 

  • Analogue Recording at Greenmount Studios

    21/03/2014

    During their specialist project this year, Foundation Certificate students visited independent recording studio to learn more about their unique processes 

  • International Festival for Artistic Innovation - what happened

    19/03/2014

    Held from 10-14 March, the week long International Festival for Artistic Innovation (IFAI) explored and debated ground-breaking music research from across the globe.  

  • Cynikal in name, not nature

    18/03/2014

    Leeds College of Music alumnus Tavinder "Cynikal" Sanghera is making a distinct mark on the British hip-hop scene - as both an artist and a producer. 

  • Go Green! Day

    17/03/2014

    We're excited to annouce our very first Go Green! Day as part of our mission to be the greenest conservatoire in the UK

  • Growth from inspiration - an interview with Georgia Thursting

    12/03/2014

    Second year Pop student Georgia Thursting talks to us about forming her songs and finding her sound.

  • Born in the 90s, performing in the noughties

    03/03/2014

    Lily Moharrer reports on Trinity Circle's community event – creativity born and run by Leeds College of Music students.   

  • International Women's Day Leeds College of Music

    27/02/2014

    This year our International Women's Day celebrations are bigger and better than ever - featuring panel talks, feminism campaigns, and all-female gigs and showcases. 

  • Fireworks and Piano Labs: graduate life with Neil Balfour

    27/02/2014

    Classical alumnus Neil Balfour spoke to us about what it's been like setting up his own company since leaving Leeds College of Music.

  • Video: a chat with pianist Mei Yi Foo

    27/02/2014

    Classical piano student Josh Kelly meets Malaysian piano virtuoso Mei Yi Foo, who helps him prepare to perform at the International Chopin Music Festival in Warsaw.

  • Video: Jazz alumni sing for Decca

    24/02/2014

    Jazz alumni perform and talk as part of Leeds College of Music's Jazz vocal showcase for Decca Records on 9 December 2013.

  • An audience with Everything Everything

    13/02/2014

    Second year Pop student, George Paris, reports on Everything Everything’s live Q&A at Leeds College of Music in February 2014.

  • Looking ahead to the International Chopin Music Festival

    10/02/2014

    From 22 February to 1 March, Classical students and staff travel to Warsaw, Poland, for the fifth International Chopin Music Festival.

  • Nico de Villiers on evolving Classical education

    10/02/2014

    Splitting his time between Leeds, London and South Africa, Nico de Villiers is one of many classical tutors who bring a regular international edge to Leeds College of Music.

  • Principal of Leeds College of Music to stand down in August 2014

    23/01/2014

    Professor Philip Meaden has announced that he will stand down as Principal and Managing Director of Leeds College of Music in August 2014, after six and a half years in post.

  • The making of "Deeds and Measures"

    23/01/2014

    Jazz student Matt McGraw and Production student Al Ross on how they laid down an original track – Deeds and Measures by McGraw and Matt Asti.

  • Mastering breathing rhythms with Konokol

    22/01/2014

    Renowned Israeli drummer Asaf Sirkis worked with our students on how the practice of Konokol, which dates back 5000 years, can help strengthen rhythmic understanding.

  • The art of not defining jazz: an interview with Declan Forde

    15/01/2014

    What makes a jazz musician? And why don't we dance to jazz anymore? Alumnus Declan Forde debates with us. 

  • Steve Bingham talks electric violins and chamber strings

    06/01/2014

    An interview with Steve Bingham, ahead of the Bingham Quartet's spring course hosted by the New London Music Society and Leeds College of Music. 

  • Peter May on composing music for film

    02/01/2014

    Peter May graduated from the BA Music (Production) pathway in 2013, winning the Olivier Whittaker Prize for Interdisciplinary Collaboration. We talked to him before he performed at our Steinway Hall Showcase in 2013. 

  • Tim Gosden: marrying classical music to the computer

    02/01/2014

    Tim Gosden graduated from the BA Music (Production) course in 2012 and since then has been building up a large portfolio of experience in production, performance and session playing. 

  • Nathan Clark and the business of the Brudenell

    02/01/2014

    The owner of successful Leeds music venue, the Brudenell Social Club, visited Leeds College of Music in December 2013 as part of the Leeds Enterprise Network's event series to talk about how he has made the Brudenell such a respected name in the industry.

  • Phil Meadows wins the Peter Whittingham Jazz Award for 2013

    13/12/2013

    Alumnus Phil Meadows spoke to us about winning the prestigious award, and his plans to carve his place in the UK jazz landscape. 

  • Leeds College of Music launches degree in Music Business

    05/12/2013

    From September 2014 we’re running a new undergraduate pathway in Music Business, equipping entrepreneurs with business skills for a modern music industry.

  • Natalie Holmes learns to fly

    05/12/2013

    Pop student Natalie Holmes reflects on an exciting year, in which she released a successful second EP and supported chart-topping singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin.

  • Nathalie Shaw on life as a solo violinist

    28/11/2013

    Renowned violinist Nathalie Shaw shares a glimpse into her life and career, following her strings masterclass at Leeds College of Music in November 2013.

  • Improvising Bolton: Jazz workshops with young musicians

    25/11/2013

    Our Jazz department descended on Bolton in November for a two-day teaching and outreach project in which students worked with schoolchildren to help develop their performance and improvisation skills.

  • Leeds College of Music at London Jazz Festival 2013

    21/11/2013

    We take a look at some of the key Leeds College of Music players whop performed in the London Jazz Festival in November – the capital's biggest city-wide music festival.

  • Composing for film in South India: Girishh Gopalakrishnan

    31/10/2013

    Heather Iqbal talks to Girishh Gopalakrishnan (MA Music Composition 2009) whose foray into the Tamil film industry has already resulted in two critically-acclaimed scores and soundtracks.

  • Symposium explores the legacy of André Tchaikowsky

    15/10/2013

    The life and work of one of the twentieth century’s most enigmatic composers will be explored in a day-long symposium at Leeds College of Music on 1 November.

  • Leeds College of Music and the University of Hull join forces as music partners

    28/08/2013

    From 1st September 2013, Leeds College of Music’s degree-level provision will be validated by the University of Hull – building on established teaching and research links between the two institutions.

  • Top four UK conservatoire for Music

    15/08/2013

    Leeds College of Music is now the UK’s fourth ranked music conservatoire for overall student satisfaction as voted in the 2012–13 National Student Survey.

  • Big names lined up for Classical masterclasses

    14/08/2013

    All BA students will receive masterclasses from professional musicians throughout the year, including Everything Everything (Pop) and The Impossible Gentlemen (Jazz). Here's a roundup of Classical masterclasses, including violinist Nathalie Shaw and Soprano Deborah York.

News in pictures:

We need feminism. International Women's Day, March 2014:



Setting up the Live Lounge, March 2014:



Everything Everything Q&A, February 2014:



Nel Begley's band at Jazz vocal showcase, December 2013:



Asaf Serkis Konokol workshop, November 2013:



Nathalie Shaw violin masterclass, November 2013:



New signage dons the walls, August 2013: