Leeds Junior Conservatoire Students Invited to Perform at Celebration Concert

By Gemma Cross


Leeds Junior Conservatoire students performed on a professional stage at a large-scale event to showcase talented young musicians from the Leeds area.

The celebration concert, held at Leeds’ first direct arena on 21 June, launched the 2023 Leeds Youth Music Festival. This annual festival is led by Leeds Music Education Partnership of which Leeds Junior Conservatoire is an active partner.

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Being asked to take part in this celebration of youth music in the city as part of LEEDS 2023 was an honour. In total, over 700 children and young people took to the arena stage with groups including the City of Leeds Youth Orchestra, Leeds Youth Jazz Rock Orchestra and Leeds schools’ primary and secondary choirs.

Leeds Junior Conservatoire was represented by Hole in the Ceiling, a band featuring students on its advanced Performance + course: Abi (bass), Anna (flute), Ben (drums), Beth (keys/vocals), Grace (electric violin), Isaac (guitar) and Winnie (vocals). The band members have been working together since September with tutor Phil Hepworth. At the celebration concert they wowed the crowd with performances of ‘Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic’ and ‘Stuck In The Middle With You.’

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Paula Brookes, Head of Service at ArtForms and Leeds Music Education Partnership, added, “We are delighted that our partners Leeds Junior Conservatoire were able to contribute to the Leeds youth music celebration concert, and congratulate their band on a truly accomplished performance. We are proud that we were able to provide the opportunity for over 700 children and young people to perform on a professional stage and to see how they responded by supporting and inspiring each other.”

Find out more about Leeds Junior Conservatoire, including the upcoming Summer Festival on 8 July 2023

By Gemma Cross

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