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.


Whatever your specialism, there's a performing ensemble for you to join – from our full Big Band to something a little different (Laptop Orchestra, anyone?).

All our ensembles welcome guest conductors and soloists, and perform regularly throughout the year at the Conservatoire, in venues around the city and at a wide range of functions.


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.


Leeds: A Cultural Hub

Events guide

Browse and book tickets for our packed concert season


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