Leeds College of Music
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|Leeds Music Centre (1965–1971), City of Leeds College of Music (1971–1997)|
|Address||3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD, Leeds, England
|Affiliations||European Association of Conservatoires
The college is the only conservatoire in the UK to offer both Higher and Further Education courses. Aside from its education provision – which also includes short courses and programmes for adults and school-age musicians – Leeds College of Music hosts a seasonal programme of concerts, largely in its 350-seat auditorium 'The Venue'. In 2011 Leeds College of Music was awarded All-Steinway School status – becoming the only conservatoire in England to have 90% of its pianos from the Steinway family. It was formerly known as Leeds Music Centre (1965–1971) and City of Leeds College of Music (1971–1997), founder and first principal Joseph Stones (1965-1993), and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Leeds City College in August 2011.
Undergraduate courses at Leeds College of Music are known as 'pathways'; genres and styles of music that students choose to major in. Courses include Business, Classical, Film Music, Folk, Jazz, Popular, Production and Songwriting. Students may also choose to combine two pathways. The conservatoire also offers a one-year Foundation Degree certificate providing students with an extra year before commencing their undergraduate study. Completion of any three-year undergraduate pathway will result in students being awarded a Bachelor of Arts. LCoM was the first music institution worldwide to offer a Bachelor's degree in the study of Jazz music, and the first conservatoire in the UK to offer a degree in Popular music.
In addition to degree courses, Leeds College of Music is also host to a series of short courses available to children and adults. This also includes Junior LCoM, formerly known as the Saturday Music School, which runs courses available to children from ages 9–18. On Sundays, the conservatoire is also a host for Yorkshire Young Musicians.
Leeds College of Music was known as The Leeds Music Centre when it was established in 1965, delivering evening jazz classes at the Leeds Institute building. In 1971 it became the City of Leeds College of Music with a campus building near Millennium Square.
In 1993, the conservatoire launched the first Jazz degree in Europe.
In October 2010, Leeds College of Music and Leeds City College received approval from the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) following an application to the Strategic Development Fund (SDF) to support an alliance between the two establishments. On 1 August 2011, Leeds College of Music became a wholly owned subsidiary within the Leeds City College group. In the following year, LCoM received a £2 million refurbishment for its recording studios, performance and communal spaces. This also introduced raked seating to the conservatoire's main performance space, The Venue. Funding from the government and additional private donations saw the conservatoire receiving 54 Steinway pianos in September 2011, resulting in Leeds College of Music becoming the only All-Steinway school in England.
In 2017, the conservatoire revamped its performance space The Venue with a rooftop extension. In September 2017, LCoM unveiled the Leeds Music Library, a new location for their previously internal library space. Following the library's relocation, the conservatoire invested £0.5 million to refurbish the fifth floor with new practice rooms and study space.
- Jazz Pianist — David Newton (1979)
- Jazz Saxophonist — Alan Barnes (1980)
- Jazz Composer and Trumpeter — Richard Iles (1980)
- Jazz Trumpeter — Chris Batchelor
- Jazz Composer and Pianist — Nikki Iles (1984)
- Singer and Songwriter — Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy (1991)
- Jazz Saxophonist and Vocalist — Pete Wareham of Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear (1995)
- Pop Saxophonist — Snake Davis
- Trumpeter — Johnny Thirkell - Buddy Rich Orchestra, Gil Evans Orchestra, Level 42, Jamiroquai
- Jazz guitarist — Nick Webb of Acoustic Alchemy
- Composer, Pianist and Vocalist — Adrian Snell
- Trumpeter — James Lynch of Touch and Go
- Composer and Pianist — Matthew Bourne (2001)
- Saxophonist — Jim Corry (Saxophonist for Haggis Horns, Jamiroquai, Corinne Bailey Rae & Mark Ronson) (1998)
- Trumpeter and Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year 1999 — Andrew Colman
- Saxophonist and Composer (A Tribute To Atlantic Jazz) — James Russell (Saxophonist for Jamiroquai) (1998)
- Composer and Pianist — Jamil Sherif (1998)
- Dubstep Producer — Rusko (2002)
- Drum and Bass Producer — Thrash Pilot (2002)
- Drummer — Michael Spearman of Everything Everything (2008)
- Singer — John Newman (2008)
- Drummer — Mark Holub of Led Bib
- Saxophonist — Athol Ransome (Haggis Horns, John Legend, The Roots, Mark Ronson)
- Spoof Popstar — Rob Madin aka Brett Domino
- Jazz Saxophonist — Russell van den Berg
- Jazz Composer and Guitarist — Chris Sharkey of Trio VD and Acoustic Ladyland
- Singer, guitarist and songwriter — Ryan Jarman of The Cribs
- Singer, bass guitarist and songwriter — Gary Jarman of The Cribs
- Guitarist and Producer - Derya Nagle of The Safety Fire
- Music and Theatre Producer - James Yeoburn (2005)
Notable staff (current and former)
- Joseph Stones - Founder and First Director (former)
- Neil Yates - Jazz Trumpet (current)
- Dane Chalfin - Popular Voice, Performance and Artistry (current)
- Kim Chandler - Popular Voice (former)
- Nikki Iles - Jazz Piano (former)
- Mornington Lockett - Jazz Saxophone (former)
- Dave O'Higgins - Jazz Saxophone (former)
- Matthew Bourne - Piano and Composition (former)
- Omar Puente - Jazz Violin and Latin ensemble director (former)
- Dame Fanny Waterman - Classical Piano (former)
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Leeds College of Music has appointed[when?] a number of world class musicians and music technologists to Visiting Professorships. The Visiting Professorships will play a leading part in the development and dissemination of good practice in HE performance and composition. The following Visiting Professors have been appointed:
- Dennis Rollins - Visiting Professor in Trombone
- Alan Hacker - Visiting Professor in Clarinet
- Mick Glossop - Visiting Professor in Music Production
- Malcolm Toft - Visiting Professor in Music Production
- Chris Watson - Visiting Professor in Sound Recording
- Deborah York - Visiting Professor in Classical Voice
- Gavin Bryars - Visiting Professor in Classical Composition
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The Venue, a 350-seat concert space based on campus, hosts the majority of the College’s Concert Season, which runs from September to May each academic year. The annual programme includes a wide variety of styles encompassing jazz, classical, contemporary, folk, popular and world music, ranging in scale from orchestras, choirs and big bands to small ensembles and solo recitals/concerts. Concerts also take place in the College’s Recital Room. Full-time LCM students are offered discounted tickets on many of the concerts in the season.
From January 2011, the concert season will focus mainly on the College’s flagship ensembles, free twilight concerts, a small number of high-profile guest artists and concerts programmed by Leeds International Concert Season and Leeds Lieder+.
Leeds College of Music has had four principals since its opening in 1965.
- Joseph Stones (1965–1993)
- David Hoult (1993–2008)
- Philip Meaden (2008–2014)
- Gerry Godley (2014–present)
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