Leeds Conservatoire in Stadium Show to Kickstart City’s Year of Culture

By Gemma Cross


LEEDS 2023 staged a huge opening ceremony at Headingley Stadium to launch the city’s year of culture, with Leeds Conservatoire students and staff involved.

Solar Jets Performing 'I Predict A Riot.' Photo Credit Steve Riding

Solar Jets performing ‘I Predict A Riot.’ Photo credit: Steve Riding

Leeds Conservatoire students and staff featured in the show’s ‘I Predict A Riot’ sequence, which included a vocal arrangement by Vice Principal Patsy Gilbert sang by Musical Theatre students. In addition, students and Senior Lecturer Dermot Daly supported the next generation of talent by appearing on stage with Britain’s youngest stadium rockers Solar Jets, who delighted the crowd with a rendition of the aforementioned Kaiser Chiefs hit. MA Musical Theatre Company student Emily Bailey also took part in the choreographed routines by Northern School of Contemporary Dance Principal Sharon Watson.

Corinne Bailey Rae Watching The Drone Display. Photo Credit Steve Riding

Corinne Bailey Rae watching the drone display. Photo credit: Steve Riding

The show concluded with a stunning drone display depicting an awakening giant appearing above the stadium before bursting into individual lights handed out to audience members on entry.

Patsy Gilbert, Vice Principal at Leeds Conservatoire, said, “It was a pleasure to be part of The Awakening. The performances were all excellent and showcased Leeds’ creativity superbly. Displaying the pieces that audience members created to secure tickets was a lovely touch – I was thrilled to spot my own submission! Here’s to a year filled with creative opportunities throughout the city.”  

Luminate Education Group, of which Leeds Conservatoire is a member, is a Gold Education Partner of LEEDS 2023.

Visit the LEEDS 2023 website to find out more about the city’s year of culture and how you can get involved

By Gemma Cross

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