Workshops and masterclasses delivered by renowned performers, composers and entrepreneurs are integral to the industry-relevant model of teaching at Leeds College of Music. In addition to their one-to-one tuition and ensemble practice, students at the conservatoire have the opportunity to learn from professionals who are making a living in the modern music industry.
This academic year, students on the Classical pathway will have access to around 60 masterclasses, workshops and seminars, all focused on developing their performance, composition or professional skills.
The professional musicians delivering instrument-specific workshops this year have performed innovative and exceptional repertoire in renowned venues across the globe. They include classical guitarist, Matthew McAllister; pianist, Andreas Boyde; clarinettist Joan Enric Luna; violinist Jacqueline Ross; flautist, Anna Noakes and saxophonist, Claude Delangle.
As well as developing technical skills, the conservatoire recognises that musicians may face a number of other challenges when they’re considering a live performance. A Performance Anxiety Workshop, delivered by internationally-renowned pianist, Charlotte Tomlinson on 19 October, will help students to develop techniques to overcome debilitating nerves and realise their full potential.
Professional studies is an important strand to all degrees at Leeds College of Music, and Classical students also have access to workshops designed to develop their business skills in preparation for a career in the music industry. This November sees Daniel Miller, founder of Mute Records, inform students about the challenges of developing a record label and YouTuber, Jazza John, deliver crucial tips on social media engagement.
In addition to focused masterclasses and workshops, LCoM students also have access to the Leeds International Concert Season (LICS) and Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music performances, all of which take place in the conservatoire’s 350-seat auditorium, The Venue. This LICS season will see cellist David Waterman and pianists Alasdair Beatson and Connie Shih joined by cellist Steven Isserlis, pianists Anne Queffelec and Ferenc Rados and violinist Phillipe Graffin.