Leeds College of Music

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Leeds College of Music
LCoM Logo-03.png
Former names
Leeds Music Centre (1965–1971), City of Leeds College of Music (1971–1997)
Type Conservatoire
Established 1965; 52 years ago (1965)
Principal Gerry Godley[1]
Students 1200
Address 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD, Leeds, England
Coordinates: 53°47′50″N 1°31′58″W / 53.79722°N 1.53278°W / 53.79722; -1.53278
Colours      Blue
Affiliations European Association of Conservatoires
Conservatoires UK
Website www.lcm.ac.uk

Leeds College of Music is a music conservatoire based in the Quarry Hill district of Leeds, England.

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.[2] 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.[3]

Benson Taylor became the first appointed ambassador for the conservatoire in 2016.[4]


Undergraduate courses at Leeds College of Music are known as 'pathways'; genres and styles of music that students choose to major in.[5] Courses include Business, Classical, Film Music, Folk, Jazz, Popular, Production and Songwriting. Students may also choose to combine two pathways.[6] 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.[1]

Further education courses are also available, including BTEC Music and Music Technology. From September 2018, both courses will be moved to the Creative Arts Faculty of Leeds City College.[7]

The conservatoire also runs a one-year postgraduate programme in which students can study for a Master of Music or postgraduate diploma on the Creative Musician course.[8]

Since September 2013, all undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses are validated by the University of Hull.[9]

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.[10] On Sundays, the conservatoire is also a host for Yorkshire Young Musicians.[11]


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.[1] In 1971 it became the City of Leeds College of Music with a campus building near Millennium Square.[12]

In 1993, the conservatoire launched the first Jazz degree in Europe.[13]

In 1997, the conservatoire was moved to purpose-built premises on Quarry Hill, neighbouring with the West Yorkshire Playhouse, Northern Ballet and the BBC Yorkshire building.[12]

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.[3] 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.[14] Funding from the government and additional private donations saw the conservatoire receiving 54 Steinway pianos in September 2011,[15] resulting in Leeds College of Music becoming the only All-Steinway school in England.[2]

In 2017, the conservatoire revamped its performance space The Venue with a rooftop extension.[16] In September 2017, LCoM unveiled the Leeds Music Library, a new location for their previously internal library space.[17] Following the library's relocation, the conservatoire invested £0.5 million to refurbish the fifth floor with new practice rooms and study space.[18]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable staff (current and former)[edit]

Visiting Professorships[edit]

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:

The Venue[edit]

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)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Leeds College of Music: Celebrating 50 years". Yorkshire Evening Post. 9 October 2015. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "All Steinway Schools". Steinway & Sons. Archived from the original on 5 July 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Strategic alliance with Leeds College of Music". Leeds City College. 23 June 2011. Archived from the original on 23 March 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  4. ^ https://www.lcm.ac.uk/News/Benson-Taylor-appointed-as-ambassador-for-Film-Mus
  5. ^ "Undergraduate study". Leeds College of Music. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "BA (Hons) Music (Classical with Jazz)". Leeds College of Music. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Music Courses Coming to Leeds City College in 2018". Leeds City College. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Postgraduate Study". Leeds College of Music. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  9. ^ Luquesi, Andrea (20 August 2013). "University of Hull and Leeds College of Music join forces as music partners". University of Hull. Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Junior LCoM". Leeds College of Music. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "About YYM". Yorkshire Young Musicians. Archived from the original on 23 October 2007. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 
  12. ^ a b "Leeds College of Music". The Independent. 12 August 2013. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "About Leeds College of Music". Leeds College of Music. Archived from the original on 12 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  14. ^ Heslett, Charles (22 August 2011). "Leeds College of Music set for major refurbishment". Yorkshire Evening Post. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  15. ^ "Leeds College of Music gets dozens of Steinway pianos". BBC. 28 September 2011. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  16. ^ "First look: Performance space revamp for Leeds College of Music". Yorkshire Evening Post. 5 January 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  17. ^ Hartley, Kath. "Coming this September: Leeds College of Music Library". Leeds College of Music. Archived from the original on 12 October 2017. Retrieved 12 October 2017. 
  18. ^ Hartley, Kath. "Level Five Open for Business!". Leeds College of Music. Archived from the original on 23 October 2017. Retrieved 23 October 2017. 

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