About Leeds Conservatoire

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Leeds Conservatoire is a specialist music and performing arts conservatoire, delivering expert education to a community of over 1500 students. Our broad offering spans undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses and Leeds Junior Conservatoire for young musicians and performers.

Situated in the heart of Leeds’ cultural quarter, the conservatoire is artistically ambitious, quality-driven and industry-focused, placing strong emphasis on developing career-ready musicians, performers, producers and entrepreneurs.

Leeds has a vibrant culture, which is evident across the city, both via its strong, independent creative scene, and the region’s leading cultural institutions. Leeds Conservatoire plays a key part in this landscape, training talented artists and creators, and by hosting an eclectic, year-round programme of performances and events.

We have a strong ambition to make conservatoire education accessible to and inclusive for all. In 2019, we became the first UK conservatoire to remove audition fees for all courses.

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The conservatoire opened in 1965 as Leeds Music Centre, providing a Light Music course with a significant focus on Jazz.

We became Leeds College of Music in 1993 and launched the first Jazz degree in Europe, and 1997 saw the college move to its new home in purpose-built premises on Quarry Hill, which is still home to our main campus building today.

In 2004, we became the first UK conservatoire to offer degrees in Popular Music and Music Production, and continued to further broaden our portfolio of music courses, which now includes Classical, Songwriting, Film Music, Folk and Music Business. In 2019 we launched our first Performing Arts training course in Musical Theatre, which was followed in 2020 by the launch of Acting and Actor Musician.

In 2020 we became Leeds Conservatoire – reflecting our expertise and specialist approach to music and drama training.   

We invest heavily in our industry-standard facilities, and in recent years, we have created a brand new, purpose-built library, state-of-the-art songwriting studios and a DJ suite to support our students’ development.

Alongside our expansion into Performing Arts, we developed new facilities at Playhouse Square, housed on the Fifth Floor of the £60m Leeds City College Quarry Hill Campus. The bespoke facilities include two large purpose-built dance and drama studios, rehearsal rooms, recording studios and study spaces with panoramic views of the city of Leeds.

Curriculum & Community

Our vocational training is designed to be reflective of the industry, and we treat our students as professionals from the day that they begin their studies with us. With one of the broadest conservatoire curriculums in the UK, we house all aspects of the creative industries under one roof.

We have a small, close-knit community of staff and students, which is unique in the HE landscape, and pride ourselves on fostering a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that is inclusive for all.

We work hard to create an environment of collaboration within everything we do – whether this is amongst staff and students, or across the diverse programmes that we run.

We have a community of over 300 staff at Leeds Conservatoire, who are experts in their field. Our academic staff are active musicians, performers, practitioners, authors and researchers.


The conservatoire has strong partnerships within the creative industries, which provide excellent opportunities for our students’ continued development.

Our current partners include:

  • Opera North
  • Leeds Playhouse
  • Red Ladder Theatre Company
  • Geraldine Connor Foundation
  • Black Lives In Music
  • Leeds International Piano Competition
  • Leeds 2023
  • Backstage Academy
  • Arts Together
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