Creative Summer School for Composers

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Do you want to be inspired and develop your skills as a composer? Join us and work in a fun, collaborative and supportive environment and explore new ideas and approaches to composition.

Summer School booking deadline: Monday 13 July 2020

 Early Bird Discount: £395 (non-residential), £570 (residential) when booked before Wednesday 1 April 2020.

  • Starts:
  • Duration: Monday 27 July - Friday 31 July 2020, 9.30AM - 5PM each day
  • Venue: Leeds College of Music
  • Fee: £395 / £570 Early Bird Discount (Book before the 1st April)
  • Age: 16+
  • Tutors: Dr Ben Gaunt
  • Study Mode: Summer School

Who is it for?

  • Fluent readers and writers of sheet music
  • Instrumental performers and/or singers at approximately Grade 6 standard and above (please bring your instrument with you to this summer school)
  • Musicians who have an interest in creative approaches to composition
  • Musicians who are open-minded to new ideas

If you have your own laptop and use music notation software (e.g Sibelius/Finale or similar), please bring this with you on each day of the summer school. Please note that this isn't mandatory.

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Your Week

Throughout the week, there will be a variety of workshops with time built in for individual study and composition. You will hear your music performed in an informal workshop environment with developmental feedback from professional composer Dr Ben Gaunt. Discover new music, and develop new ideas in a friendly and supportive environment. There will be a performance at the end of the summer school to showcase your work.

During the summer school you will get to work in one of our state-of-the-art mac labs, and practice rooms will be available for your use throughout the week. 




Course Tutors

Ben Gaunt, Senior Lecturer in Classical Music, Music Production, Postgraduate Studies
Dr Ben GauntPrincipal Lecturer: Classical Music, Music Production, MA Music

Courses taught: Foundation Degree, BA (Hons) Music (Classical), MA Music, Saturday Music School, Short Courses for young musicians

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We are pleased to be able to offer an accommodation package at Liberty Dock in Leeds City Centre for this Summer School for participants aged 16+.  Full details can be found on our Summer School Accommodation page (opens in a new tab).

If you would like to book accommodation, please ensure that you read the information on the accommodation page before completing the course booking form and payment.

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Current full-time LCoM students and staff receive a discount of 50% off the full course fee on all short courses and LCoM alumni receive a discount of 10% off the full course fee on all short course fees above £30. Full-time students from other institutions receive 50% discount on all community ensemble bookings and 10% discount on all short course fees above £30. Please note that in all instances we will ask for proof of eligibility.

LCoM Students/Staff

To claim your discount, please ensure you complete the relevant field on the booking form, and enter your LCoM student or staff ID number.  This will reduce the fee online.

This number will be verified on our record system before we confirm your booking.

LCoM Alumni

To claim your discount, please ensure you complete the relevant field on the booking form, and enter the year that you graduated at LCoM. This will reduce the fee online. 

Students in full-time education (other institutions)

To claim your discount, please ensure you complete the relevant field on the booking form, and enter your student ID. This will reduce the fee online. Please bring your student card with you on the first day of your course.

The conservatoire reserves the right to withdraw these discounts at any time.

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