Film Music Summer School

Course Details

Date Monday 31 July 2017
Time 10:00 AM
Venue Leeds College of Music
Duration Monday 31 July - Friday 4 August 2017; 10am - 5pm (plus limited evening access to our Apple Mac labs)
Tutor Brian Morrell, Andrew Barraclough & Steve Watts
Fee £440.00
Age 16+

The Course

Learn about the art and science involved in scoring music for the moving image with expert professionals and tutors from our BA programme. This five-day course will focus on composition, orchestration, musical awareness and production. You will learn about chord voicing, instrumentation, orchestration and how to use instrumental textures and harmony to create imaginative compositions. 

Lectures will be complimented by sessions in a dedicated Apple Mac Lab, where you will access sample libraries and receive tuition in how to manipulate sounds and samples to create professional-sounding film scores. 

You will study a wide range of films; in previous years participants have studied music from classic films, such as Road to Perdition, Gladiator and The Shawshank Redemption. The course fee includes evening access to our facilities to enable you to develop your compositions.

You will have the opportunity to write for the moving image in your Mac Lab sessions and can choose from our library of films. The final day of the course will give you the option to showcase your work on the 'big screen' and receive detailed feedback from your expert tutors.  This can be work you have written whilst on the course or it can be music you have written before.

We welcome a range of participants on this course.  Previous course participants have included student composers, teachers, those who have a general interest in film music, and those who have just wanted to know a bit more about the process of writing for film.

Previous Experience

Participants must have an excellent understanding of music notation and harmony, and have a working knowledge of DAW software.


Brian Morrell is a composer whose music has featured in television, radio, film and theatre. He has composed documentary music for Sky, BBC, Channel 4 and other broadcasters. In addition Brian’s music has featured in several theatre productions. He is the author of a series of books entitled ‘How Film and TV Music Communicate’. Brian is an experienced educator and currently works as senior lecturer in Music Production at Leeds College of Music. His specialist areas are film music, composition, orchestration, music theory, music history, context and culture.

Andrew Barraclough has been composing and arranging orchestral film music for over 10 years. His colleagues describe him as someone who appears to have had a traditional classical upbringing and then turned left into film music. His skills in MIDI orchestration and mixing techniques fool the most avid listeners and he receives regular contact from professionals requesting advice. Since obtaining a BA Hons Degree from Leeds College of Music, Andrew has built up an extensive and varied portfolio of work, which can and has been highly regarded by his peers, film directors and composers.

Steve Watts has over 30 years of experience as a freelance musician, keyboard player, producer and composer, and teaches Music Performance, Business, Technology, and Film, specialising in the use of synthesizers and electronics within the Horror, Science Fiction, and Fantasy genres. Steve has released several albums and won both critical acclaim and awards for best rock album production and best keyboard player. He has since composed music for experimental film and animation; and is currently producing several compilations of his electronic and experimental rock music. Steve is also an Associate Musician and Assistive Music Technology practitioner for national charities that aim to increase opportunities for disabled children and young people to actively participate in music education.


We are pleased to be able to offer an accommodation package at Liberty Dock in Leeds City Centre for this Summer School for participants aged 16+.  Full details can be found on our Summer School Accommodation page (opens in a new tab).

If you would like to book accommodation, please ensure that you read the information on the accommodation page before completing the course booking form and payment.

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Current full-time LCoM students and staff receive 50% discount on all short courses. Please note that in all instances we will ask for proof of eligibility. To claim your discount, please contact the Short Courses team by telephone, stating the name of your chosen course.






"The course was extremely enjoyable and informative and the tutors were exceptionally well prepared. Excellent – will definitely recommend!"

Course participant, August 2016

"All superb - what more can I say! I feel I am going away armed with a huge toolbox and a clear picture of the parameters for writing for film in all aspects."

Course participant, August 2015

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