LCoM Musical Theatre degree begins Sep 2019

By Kath Hartley

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Leeds College of Music has unveiled ambitious plans to expand their degree course provision into the broader area of performing arts, starting with the launch of BA (Hons) Musical Theatre in September 2019.

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Building on 50 years’ experience in delivering relevant, progressive music education, Musical Theatre will be the latest addition to LCoM’s broad portfolio of degrees. Housed within the School of Performance, the launch of Musical Theatre signifies a new direction for expansion at the conservatoire. 

Professor Joe Wilson, Director of Curriculum for LCoM says; “We are incredibly excited to build upon our reputation and expertise in providing specialist music education at degree level and expand our course provision to the area of performing arts, starting with BA (Hons) Musical Theatre.”

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The three year triple-threat course will focus on singing, acting and dance for Musical Theatre, spanning a diverse repertoire from classic and legit Musical Theatre through to contemporary and community-focussed works.

The course has been developed closely alongside practitioners from our neighbours, the nationally acclaimed Leeds Playhouse.

“We’re excited about this Musical Theatre degree course which will be delivered right on our doorstep, and we can see great benefits for Leeds in providing this level of training," said James Brining, Artistic Director / Joint CEO of Leeds Playhouse. "As a theatre with a reputation for making musical theatre of the highest quality we look forward to working in partnership with LCoM and the tutors and students at all levels of the course over the next few years."
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The new direction comes at an exciting stage in the development of the conservatoire and the regeneration of Leeds’ cultural quarter, Quarry Hill, where LCoM resides. The course will be housed in dedicated specialist facilities in the brand new arts campus, just minutes from the main Leeds College of Music building.

“Leeds is the only city outside of London to have its own internationally renowned Ballet and Opera companies." adds Professor Joe Wilson. "LCoM is surrounded by an incredible array of leading culture and arts institutions providing an inspirational environment in which to study Musical Theatre.”

The new development will add 1200m2 of additional specialist teaching and practice space with a panoramic view over the city.

The facilities will include two large dance studios and a rehearsal studio equipped with staging and performance lighting and sound. In addition, there will be three drama rehearsal rooms and access to the new building’s 180-seat purpose built theatre.

Find out more about BA (Hons) Musical Theatre at Leeds College of Music

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