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 22 July 2019
Accommodation booking deadline: Monday 15 July 2019


  • Starts:
  • Duration: Monday 29 July - Friday 2 August 2019, 9.30AM - 5PM each day
  • Venue: Leeds College of Music
  • Fee: £460
  • 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, at an external venue in Leeds. 

Participants will visit Leeds Royal Armouries Museum, and write a piece of music in response to an exhibit. Their composition will be workshopped, and rehearsed by members of the Northern Contemporary Collective, and then premiered in Leeds Royal Armouries Museum itself.

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. 





Current full-time LCoM students and staff receive 50% discount on all short courses and LCoM alumni receive 10% discount 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.

Course Tutors

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

Courses taught: Foundation Degree, BA (Hons) Music (Classical), MMus Creative Musician, 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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