Performance Opportunities

Gain unlimited experience.

Studying and living in a city of more than 200 music venues and a healthy independent music scene means your scope to perform and promote yourself – at the Conservatoire, in Leeds and beyond – is unlimited.
 
With our own 350-seat concert hall (The Venue) and 120-seat Recital Room, numerous ensembles for students to join, a busy concert season and a location right in the middle of Leeds' Quarry Hill Cultural Quarter, Leeds College of Music offers you an exceptional platform to build up an impressive portfolio of performing experience.
 
Students perform nationally as well as regionally, with the Conservatoire's Outreach programme having seen bands play at London's Jazz Café, 606 Club and Steinway Hall, and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Our musicians are regulars at Leeds venues such as the Hi-Fi Club, Sela Bar, West Yorkshire Playhouse, Leeds Cathedral and the Wardrobe, and at regional venues including Lotherton Hall and Wakefield Cathedral.


PERFORMING ENSEMBLES

All students are eligible to audition for one or more of the conservatoire's performing ensembles. Our ensembles rehearse weekly, with intensive rehearsal weekends often taken place directly before performances. Highly acclaimed guest conductors and soloists are invited in to coach the students for these ensemble projects. 
 
We also run an annual concerto competition where, through audition, outstanding students are selected to perform as a soloist with any of the conservatoire's ensembles.
 
Students may also join any of the conservatoire's community ensembles (the Community Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia or Choral Society).

ENSEMBLES

LCoM Chamber Orchestra
A scalable orchestra depending on the repertoire being performed, the Chamber Orchestra provides repertoire and training experience for instrumentalists.
 
LCoM Wind Ensemble
Exploring the smaller and larger forms of wind music, the Wind Ensemble emphasises the importance of ensemble playing in the overall training of woodwind, brass and percussion students.
 
LCoM Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
Comprised of experienced players, the Jazz Orchestra performs challenging, contemporary repertoire.
 
LCoM Chamber Choir
The Chamber Choir gives vocalists experience performing in small arrangements.

LCoM Contemporary Pop Choir
The Contemporary Pop Choir is a high-octane choral ensemble, showcasing unique and original arrangements of well-known rock and pop repertoire.
 
LCoM New Music Collective
Devoted to the performance of the most cutting edge and avant garde contemporary music, the New Music Collective tackles a vast and exciting range of works including student compositions.


CONCERT SEASON

The Venue and Recital Room host the majority of events in the Conservatoire's packed concert season, which runs from September to May each academic year.

Students play a vital part in the concert season, with many of the Conservatoire's ensembles appearing in an eclectic programme that encompasses jazz, classical, contemporary and world music, orchestral, choral and big band concerts and small ensemble and solo recitals.

The concert season allows students to rub shoulders with global names through showcasing the work of graduates and alumni alongside emerging and international artists. Past seasons have seen appearances from the likes of Michael Nyman, Jamie Cullum, Courtney Pine, Polar Bear, Soweto Kinch, Amy Winehouse, Joanna MacGregor and more. 

In conjunction with Leeds International Concert Season, Lunchtime Chamber Music is presented every Wednesday at The Venue, while an International Chamber Series is held throughout the year.

Full-time Leeds College of Music students are offered discounted tickets to many concert season events.


Gala Concert

Held towards the end of each academic year, the Gala Concert is a celebration of home-grown talent, featuring performances by students across all programmes and pathways, alongside our ensembles. You can watch a replay of the latest Gala Concert here.

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