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About Leeds Conservatoire
Postgraduate study in music or performing arts at Leeds Conservatoire offers you the opportunity to develop your professional skills, within the setting of a collaborative, international community.
Established in 1965, Leeds Conservatoire is one of the UK’s leading specialist music and performing arts education providers. We are committed to making music and performing arts education accessible for everyone and 2019, we became the first UK conservatoire to remove audition fees for all courses.
Programmes and how to apply
Careers and industry opportunities
At Leeds Conservatoire, our courses focus on providing industry-relevant education that not only develops a student’s creative practice, but which also develops the professional knowledge they need to succeed in the creative industries. We actively encourage collaboration between students of all levels and specialisms, to help students not only develop their skills, but to build professional networks they can call upon in their future career.
The conservatoire has strong links with industry professionals and provides a packed rota of inspirational masterclasses from respected industry insiders; including A&R label representatives, composers, actors, musicians, producers, and writers throughout the year.
We have a wide range of partnerships with leading local, national, and international music and performing arts institutions, including Opera North, Leeds Playhouse and Red Ladder Theatre Company. We provide many opportunities for students to showcase their work in local and national festivals and events. Recent opportunities have included Leeds Festival; Sound City Liverpool; the Alternative Great Escape and the London Jazz Festival.
In addition to this, the conservatoire has a dedicated Artistry and Enterprise service open to all students. The team can provide mentorship and funding support for students looking to release their own material or to set up a project or event. The service also includes a Musicians’ Booking Agency, which advertises auditions for paid work, and a Library Music scheme, where students can have their music commissioned by the conservatoire for various uses.
Students who gained their postgraduate qualification at the conservatoire have gone on to achieve great success, including performing at internationally renowned festivals such as Glastonbury and South by Southwest.
We invest heavily in our facilities in order to create a world-class music and performance learning environment.
Students studying the PG Diploma or MA in Music will have access to an impressive range of top-of-range instruments to practice and perform on, such as Steinway pianos, Roland keyboards and synthesisers, guitars, double bass’, violas, and saxophones.
When it comes to recording and production, the conservatoire offers six professional-standard recording studios of various sizes and seven mixing rooms. All recording studios come fully equipped with the very best equipment, including Macs loaded with Pro Tools 12 and Logic X, and a wide range of microphones from top brands such as AKG and Neumann.
The conservatoire also provides a number of world-class performance spaces, in which students can showcase their work, including The Venue, 350-seat theatre, and the 120-seat Recital Room – both of which come with state-of-the art lighting and audio systems and Steinway grand pianos.
All facilities such as recording studios and rehearsal rooms are open until late during term time, meaning students can practice when it suits them.
Leeds is an exciting city with a diverse music and arts scene, excellent food, shopping, sport and nightlife, and good connections to breath-taking nature. There is always something to see and do in Leeds, so there’s no wonder that over 70,000 students decide to make this city their home each year.
Leeds is the perfect place to study music, with an abundance of world-class venues such as The Brudnell Social Club, The O2 Academy and Leeds Arena hosting an eclectic calendar of gigs catering to all musical tastes. There’s also a wide range of internationally renowned music festivals held in Leeds each year, including: Leeds Festival, Live at Leeds, Leeds International Piano Competition, Jazz Leeds, and Sounds Like THIS, to name just a few.
The city’s vibrant theatre and arts scene provides an excellent backdrop to performing arts study, with prestigious venues such as Leeds Playhouse, Leeds City Varieties (the oldest music hall in the UK), Northern Ballet, Leeds City Museum, and the Henry Moore Institute providing a rich programme of internationally renowned performances and exhibitions.