Write, Record & Perform (12- 16 August 2019)

Five days of inspirational music making

Write, Record and Perform! A holiday course for young musicians.

Looking for something musical and creative this summer? Spend a week as a musician playing in a band, writing and recording new songs, ending with a live gig.

This Course is now fully booked: Please email juniorlcom@lcm.ac.uk for more information.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: Monday 12 – Friday 16 August 2019 10AM – 3.30PM
  • Venue: Leeds College of Music
  • Fee: £190
  • Age: 10 - 18
  • Tutors: Krish Thiruchelvam, Lee Smith
  • Study Mode: Week Course

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Photo credit: Olivia Robinson

What is included?

Write: Explore a variety of techniques to start writing a song and learn about lyric writing, chords and melodies. 
Record: Learn how to set up microphones and equipment and record in a studio using a mixing desk.
Perform: Learn performance stagecraft and perform in a gig for family and friends showcasing the week's work.

Who is it for?

This course is specially designed for young musicians who are looking for inspiration and techniques to create songs, play with other musicians and to learn about working in the studio environment in a band.

To get the most out of this course, we recommend that instrumentalists and vocalists have at least two years of music making experience.

Young musicians will be placed in two groups by age and experience with places in each group limited to 8 members.

Just listen to what happens when you put a bunch of talented young musicians together. Here are the recordings of the bands from last year

Write, Record and Perform August 2017 Week 1

Write, Record and Perform August 2017 Week 2

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Photo credit: Karen Gourlay

Skills Gained

  • New approaches to songwriting
  • The experience of working in a recording studio
  • Ideas on how to rehearse effectively
  • How to problem solve
  • How to prepare effectively for performance
  • Confidence building through working in a creative and supportive environment
  • Teamwork and communication
  • Creativity  


Junior LCoM Logo Junior LCoM
is the home of Saturday Music School and short courses for young musicians aged 9-18. 

Creative and vibrant, SMS delivers 30 weeks of ensemble, musicianship and music production tuition in a fun yet challenging programme that is tailored to individual abilities and interests. 

We believe a range of high quality musical experiences are essential for developing and nurturing talented young musicians and create an environment that broadens musical horizons and supports young people on their musical journey.

We have a Blog page with news, articles for young musicians, and student profiles. Visit us on Facebook for videos, images and news about our Saturdays, performances and other courses.

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Photo credit: Olivia Robinson


'I loved meeting other people my age, and having fun with everybody creating music.' Young Musician, August 2016

'I'm so glad we made the journey up from Hertfordshire. Both of our children who attended loved being with similar aged and similar minded musicians. They are already talking about coming back for more! I'm also pleased to say that composing and recording are continuing at home. Thanks to you all for putting on a great course with such inspiring and energetic leaders.' A.Roberts, Parent

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'A very happy grandson came home today from first day of "Write record perform" course. "He was buzzing from recording their first composition making new friends and being called a musician. Huge Thank You, to all you music professionals who make it possible for our young people to make and share music, all year round and even through the school holidays. I can't wait to see all the performances'- A. Huckerby, Grandparent 

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Photo credit: Karen Gourlay

Where Could it Lead?

Here are just some of the possible outcomes from the week

Saturday Music School Concessions

Current Saturday Music School (SMS) students receive 10% discount on this course. Please note that in all instances we will ask for proof of eligibility.

SMS Students: To claim your discount, please ensure you complete the relevant field on the booking form, and enter your LCoM student ID number.   This will reduce the fee online. Your student number will be verified on our student record system before we confirm your booking.


Bursaries may be available to those 18 years and under who live in a Leeds Council Tax postcode area from low income households*. Bursaries may be granted for those in receipt of:

Income Support, Incapacity Benefit, Job Seekers' Allowance, Those whose children are eligible for free school meals via Pupil Premium indicators
Looked after children, Asylum seeker with letter from the Home Office indicating their child is eligible for free school meals, Discretionary fee waiver for other reasons. Please note that neither Family Tax Credit nor Disability Living Allowance qualify for automatic fee waiver.

You must register your interest in applying for a bursary at least four weeks prior to the start date of the course. These bursaries have been made available by Leeds Music Education Partnership. Please note that we cannot guarantee that funding will be available. Please email shortcourses@lcm.ac.uk for further details.

*Only available up to a maximum of £100 per bursary applicant. In all cases, the recipient must pay a minimum of one third of the course fee.

Course Tutors

Krish Thiruchelvam
Krish ThiruchelvamJunior LCoM Tutor

Courses taught: Electric Guitar Workshop, Write, Record and Perform!

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Lee Smith
Lee SmithJunior LCoM and Short Course Tutor

Courses taught: Studio Experience Weekend, Write, Record and Perform!

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