Young Musicians

Engaging all ages


What's it about?

Our Saturday Music School is for young musicians aged 9–17 who are interested in: exploring musical ideas, playing in bands and ensembles, learning music technology – and in making new friends. 

Every Saturday morning during term time, young musicians can come along to Saturday Music School, a fun yet challenging programme of three hour-long sessions that are tailored to your abilities and interests. There are currently over 100 young musicians enrolled in Saturday Music School.

There are two routes for Saturday Music School: 

SMS Performance (including SMS Plus) 
SMS Tech 

Although our main audition/interview process is now complete for September 2015 entry, we may still be able to accept late applications.  We have a small number of  vacancies starting in January 2016 on the SMS Performance.  These would be suitable for string, woodwind or brass players, and vocalists.  Auditions will be held on Saturday 28 November 2015.  Please get in touch if you are interested in applying.

Term Dates 2015-16

Autumn/Winter 2015

19 September – 12 December 2015
(Half Term 31 October 2015)

Concert: Saturday 12 December 2015, 11:00

Spring 2016

9 January – 19 March 2016
(Half Term 20 February 2016)

Concert: Saturday 19 March 2016, 11:00

Summer 2016

16 April – 18 June 2016
(Bank Holiday 30 April, Half Term 4 June 2016)

Concert: Saturday 18 June 2016, 11:00


SMS Enquiries

Want more information?
Contact Harriet Leech:
0113 222 3449 |


@LeedsMusicSMS on Twitter

SMS Open Day booking form

Book your place on the next Open Day, or schedule a tour.


Auditions take place on Saturday afternoons in June – please book yours using this form.  Late applications are considered.  We now have no places available for drummers for September 2015.

What to expect from the audition

If you apply to Saturday Music School you are guaranteed an audition. The 15-minute audition is informal and includes a chat to establish your experience and potential. You will be asked to play two short pieces on your main instrument (or if you are offering two instruments, one short piece on both), and you'll be given a few aural and sight reading tests.
Auditions are held on Saturday afternoons in June; there is no audition fee.  Late applications are considered.


This innovative scheme provides training for gifted and talented children in the Yorkshire and Humber region. To read more, click here

Studio & Songwriting Course for Young Musicians

Kick start your summer holiday with three days of music making, studio sessions, composing and recording techniques.  Find out more.

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Open days and auditions

Come meet us, ask questions and explore the campus, and find out what you need to prepare for an audition