Stories and videos from the Alumni Association

  • Beckie Morley talks success with Musical Moments


    Drawing inspiration from her participation in our Community Music module, Beckie has carved out a successful career as a social entrepreneur, establishing award-winning social enterprise Musical Moments in 2011.

  • Kirsty McQue: Lost Songs Project


    Today marks the return of innovative series - The Lost Songs Project. Created in partnership with world-famous and largest independent recording complex Metropolis Studios, its aim is to provide useful exposure to those songs which may otherwise have been left unheard.

  • worriedaboutsatan


    worriedaboutsatan are Gavin Miller and Tom Ragsdale, Leeds College of Music Production Alumni and not-so-easily-labelled experimental duo; a band who despite finding success in their music, have often found that they don’t “fit” within the traditional confines of the industry.

  • Production at the BBC: Alice Hawes


    Numerous individuals from amongst our graduate community are currently working for the BBC at a variety of bases across the UK, including Media City, Television House and BBC Yorkshire.

    In the final edition of our four-week feature, we caught up with Alice Hawes to learn what it takes to work as a Technical Operator for one of the world’s leading public service broadcasters:

  • Production at the BBC: Adam Campbell


    Numerous individuals from amongst our graduate community are currently working for the BBC at a variety of bases across the UK, including Media City, Television House and BBC Yorkshire.

    In the third edition of our four-part series, we caught up with Adam Campbell, who’s also working as a Technical Operator for one of the world’s leading public service broadcasters.

  • Production at the BBC: Charlotte Hayes


    Numerous individuals amongst our graduate community are currently working for the BBC at a variety of bases across the UK, including Media City, Television House and BBC Yorkshire. Most recently, four of our ‘Class of 2016’ Music Production graduates have started their careers at BBC Yorkshire.

    In the second edition of our four-week feature, we caught up with Charlotte Hayes to learn what it takes to work for one of the world’s leading public service broadcasters. 

  • Production at the BBC: Adam Winch-Furness


    Over 9 Leeds College of Music graduates are currently working for the BBC at a variety of bases across the UK, including Media City, Television House and BBC Yorkshire. Most recently, four of our ‘Class of 2016’ Music Production graduates have started their careers at BBC Yorkshire. In this feature, we caught up with Adam Winch-Furness, who currently works as a Freelance Broadcast Assistance and Producer for the BBC. 

  • Alumni Special: Kim Macari


    Musician, teacher and director of Apollo Jazz Network, Kim Macari graduated from Leeds College of Music’s prestigious jazz degree in 2011. Shes now got her own touring project, showcasing the talents of international musicians and her fellow alumni.

  • Manchester Jazz Festival


    On Tuesday 26 July 2016, the conservatoire’s B-Side night popped up at the Manchester Jazz Festival’s Hobgoblin Pavilion for an evening of free jazz, in the financial sense not the musical sense!

  • Alumni Special: Pete Walton


    We caught up with Pete Walton to discuss his work with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the BBC Concert Orchestra, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the West End, and with his band Acoustic Earth.

  • Alumni News: Alex Munk


    We caught up with Alex Munk, an award winning guitarist and composer, who has performed alongside the biggest names in UK jazz, including Gwilym Simcock, Iain Ballamy and Stan Sulzmann.

  • Alumni News: Dan Suett


    We had the pleasure of speaking with LA based, film production and composer, Dan Suett. Since graduating in 2013, Dan's career has gone from strength to strength. After winning the Hans Zimmer’s Bleeding Fingers competition, Dan has furthered his film music career, specialising in soundtrack music covering various genres.

  • Alumni Special: Josh Broughton


    We caught up with Josh Broughton to discuss his recent career within the Film and TV Industry - "I wouldn’t be where I am today without the support from staff at LCoM".

  • Alumni News: Gilmore & Roberts


    Alumni, contemporary folk/acoustic duo Gilmore & Roberts are off the Royal Albert Hall for the 2016 BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.

  • Alumni Special: Hollie April


    Currently working in both the film and music industries, Hollie April took some time out to discuss her journey from LCoM and about her latest developments.

  • Alumni Special: Andy Schofield


    This month we caught up with jazzer Andy Schofield, an international renowned saxophonist/arranger from Manchester.

  • Alumni Special: Laura Oakes


    We caught up with British Country Music Award winner Laura Oakes and talked about her life after LCoM. 

  • Alumni Special: Becki Biggins


    We caught up with Grammy nominated singer, songwriter and saxophonist Becki Biggins to find out about her life as a singer, inspirations and life after LCoM.

  • Alumni Special: Chris Cozens


    Chris Cozens graduated from our Jazz (aka Light Music) degree in 1981, and has gone on to work on some major film and TV scores, with some of the biggest names in the music and film industries.

  • International News: Dominque Chan


    Since our last meeting with opera singer, vocal coach and classical degree graduate, Dominique Chan, she has started an exciting new chapter of her career as part of the Jockey Club Opera Hong Kong Young Artist Development Programme.

  • Alumni Special: Sam Sommerfeld


    A proficient conductor and musical director, Sam has worked in theatres across the UK with a variety of people in educational and professional groups. In 2009, he launched and directed his own orchestra and choir – Berko’s Big Band – which included students from nine different schools.

  • Alumni Special: Malaika Shaw


    Since graduating from our pop degree in 2013 Malaika (Shaw) has gone from strength to strength. Truly part of the Leeds DIY scene, she records and releases all her own material in collaboration with other up-and-coming musicians and producers from the city.

  • Video: LCoM50 - The Legacy Big Band


    On 11 October 2015, our LCoM50 Anniversary season openened with a very special performance - The Legacy Big Band. Jazz musicians covering 50 years of study returned to the place their learnt their craft...

  • LCoM50: John Newman returns to school


    Songwriter and musician John Newman returns to Leeds College of Music on Tuesday 20 October for a special event to launch his new book ‘Revolve: The Book’ and take questions from LCoM students.

  • Alumni Special: Neil Myers


    Industry expert and Leeds College of Music graduate and lecturer Neil Myers share some tips on how to become successful in the world of composing music for moving image

  • Calvin Travers on versatility, accessibility and improvisation


    Versatile guitarist Calvin Travers (BA Popular Music 2014) has forged a successful career to date by creating music that is both accessible and captivating. He shares his five top tips for making improv more accessible, whilst staying true to the foundations of the jazz idiom.

  • Alumni Special: Jon Gomm


    Jazz alumnus Jon Gomm, on motivation, inspiration, and eating three tubes of Pringles in one sitting...

  • Graduation 2015 in pictures


    The Class of 2015 arrives in style. Photos from our graduation ceremony on 24 July 2015 at Leeds Town Hall, with new Fellows Johnny Kalsi and Philip Meaden.

  • Classical star Lang Lang to perform in Leeds


    Lang Lang, internationally acclaimed concert pianist, will perform at Leeds Town Hall as part of Leeds International Piano Competition

  • Happy Birthday Playlist


    Our popular monthly feature celebrates its first anniversary. In this article, we take a look back over some of the fantastic sounds emanating from our graduate community as we browse the archive.

  • Alumni Special: Tim Stark


    Fifteen years after leaving LCoM and Tim is a world-renowned luthier creating guitars for stars like Dave Grohl (The Foo Fighters), John Paul Jones (Led Zeppelin) and Muse’s Matt Bellamy.

  • Alumni Special: James McBrien


    Production degree graduate James is now a touring musician with his LCoM pop grad friend John Arkell, as part of Saint Raymond's live band.

  • International Spotlight: Maria Jardardottir


    Originally hailing from Oslo, we catch up with graduate and experimental musician Maria Jardardottir to learn more about her journey since leaving Leeds College of Music

  • International Spotlight: Sunniva Brynnel


    Jazz Pianist and Vocalist, News Editor and Journalist - Sunniva Brynnel tells us about her experiences in Leeds and career to date.

  • Alumni Special: Matt Cheshire


    Matt Cheshire takes us behind the scenes of a VIP Concierge service and his successful venture 'The Needs Group'

  • Women In Music season 2015


    A round-up of our first ever Women In Music season, which has been insightful, interesting, and good fun!

  • Percussion, Prokofiev and Postgraduate Study


    EU student Alexander Pepelasis travelled from Greece to study percussion on our PG performance pathway, and is now at the cutting edge of his field.

  • Alumni Special: Nubiyan Twist release new single


    Jazz and Production alumni band Nubiyan Twist are launching their debut album this spring. Meet the band and watch the music video for their latest single – also directed and produced by an LCoM graduate.

  • Alumni Special: David Lawrie


    David studied both BA and MA at LCoM, and with a passion for storytelling in his music, has developed a creative career as a producer and composer.

  • Alumni Special: Kallie Marie


    International production student Kallie from New York on how Leeds helped her gain a BA, MA, and a portfolio career as a composer and producer.

  • Mikey Sluman scoops inaugural Track of the Year award


    You listened to some of the best tracks of 2014 by our students and alumni and voted in droves, and we're pleased to announce that the winner of the inaugural Leeds College of Music Track of the Year award is third-year Classical student, Mikey Sluman.

  • Alumni Special: Dan McDougall


    Pop graduate Dan McDougall tells us how he's built a career as a drummer and songwriter since leaving Leeds College of Music in 2010.

  • International Spotlight: Dominique Chan


    Classical and Opera singer, vocal coach and choir conductor, Dominique Chan tells us about her experiences in Leeds and career in Hong Kong.

  • Besbrode Piano competition


    Leeds College of Music partnership competition with Besbrode Pianos creates classical music showcase opportunity

  • Alumni Special: Submotion Orchestra


    Simon Beddoe, trumpeter and now tutor, talks us through his career and the new Submotion Orchestra album Alium.

  • Dyslexia Awareness


    Many great artists and musicians are all linked by dyslexia; Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, John Lennon, Noel Gallagher, Cher, Nigel Kennedy, Alison Goldfrapp, and Ozzy Osbourne.

  • Jemma's tips for an engaging YouTube channel


    Pop graduate and singer-songwriter Jemma Johnson shares five simple tips to make your YouTube channel awesome.

  • Copyright policy innovation at Leeds College of Music


    A radical overhaul of copyright policies for students and staff.

  • Video: Andrew Potterton's City Chimes


    MA composition student Andrew Potterton talks about his 'City Chimes' project – a music installation which debuted at Leeds Light Night, in collaboration with West Yorkshire Playhouse.

  • Alumni Special: Jonathan Armandary (1)


    Jonathan Armandary graduated from our Music Production degree with a first class honours, and loved it here so much he studied a PGCE and came back to teach!

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