Leeds College of Music—United Kingdom
Leeds College of Music (LCoM) is a leading European conservatoire and the largest in the United Kingdom. LCoM provides music education to a community of over 1,900 musicians through a variety of programs, including undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses for all ages, and a Saturday Music School for young musicians aged nine–18.
The conservatoire opened in 1965 as Leeds Music Centre, providing a light music course with a significant focus on jazz. In 1993, LCoM launched the first jazz degree in Europe and went on to become the first U.K. conservatoire to offer popular music, music production, and, later, music business.
Now, 50 years since its inception, the conservatoire’s undergraduate program includes degrees in popular music, classical music, jazz, music production, music business, film music, songwriting, and folk, and the postgraduate study option, entitled MMus/PGDip Creative Musician, offers the opportunity to collaborate with leading composers, performers, producers, and songwriters, and develop skills as a professional-level musician.
Students have access to our world-class facilities until 3:00 a.m. during term time, including over 70 rehearsal spaces, seven recording studios, six mixing studios, and two industry-standard auditoriums. They also benefit from a fully stocked equipment and instrument store, enabling them to borrow an incredible range of equipment to support their studies. Over 100 top-of-the-range iMac workstations are spread across six Mac Labs, with an incredible range of industry-standard software installed.
The English conservatoire to hold the coveted All-Steinway School, 95 percent of the conservatoire’s pianos come from the prestigious Steinway family. They host everything from daily practice to virtuoso master classes to the Leeds International Piano Competition.
LCoM has a range of fantastic in-house performance opportunities to enrich the music study experience. Our students regularly perform in our state-of-the-art 350-seat concert hall and events space, the Venue, or at one of the acclaimed pathway showcases in the 120-seat Recital Room. The conservatoire is also firmly rooted within the local music scene as well as provides countless opportunities to perform further afield, including at venues such as Royal Festival Hall, Steinway Hall, London Jazz Café and 606 Club, and at high-profile festivals such as Sound City Liverpool, Manchester Jazz Festival, Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Eurosonic in the Netherlands.
Student ensembles include the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Contemporary Pop Choir, and the New Music Collective. The ensembles all perform regularly at the Venue and are in demand further afield, having performed with the likes of Marc Almond or taken to the stage with conductors and musical directors such as Mark De Lisser and Natalia Luis-Bassa.
Staff are experts in their field and are active musicians, authors, and researchers. They are joined by a wealth of industry practitioners, visiting professors, and fellows, who regularly come to the conservatoire to impart specialist knowledge to students.