Our core ensembles.

This year Leeds College of Music is pleased to offer six core ensembles (Chamber Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, Chamber Choir, New Music Collective, Contemporary Jazz Orchestra and Contemporary Pop Choir) which are open for all students studying at the conservatoire.

Leeds College of Music will be staging an opera production in semester two. Full details about auditions and how you can get involved in this exciting project will be made available during the first semester.


Instrumental students on the BA Music (Classical) degree will be required to audition the Chamber Orchestra or Wind Orchestra, and singers will be required to audition for the Chamber Choir.

Rehearsals for all projects will run weekly, with additional weekend rehearsals also scheduled at various points during the project. When you are offered a place in an ensemble, it is expected that you would treat this as any other professional engagement, and as such you will be required to attend all rehearsal dates.

Up-to-date information on rehearsal times, concert dates and auditions can be found under the ‘performance and workshops’ area on Space.

Audition information

With the exception of the Contemporary Pop Choir, to request an audition for any of the ensembles, please complete the short form available via the link below. You will be notified of an audition time for your chosen ensemble(s) in September.

Form to request an audition for an instrumental ensemble.

Jazz auditions will take place in a group, and there won’t be anything to prepare in advance. They will look at your ability to play within an ensemble, and there may be the opportunity to do some improvisation.

Candidates for the Classical ensembles will need to prepare an excerpt of a piece of their choosing of up to 5 minutes in length, which will be followed by some sight reading.

The Contemporary Pop Choir auditions are to be held in room 509 between 10:00am - 5:00pm on Wednesday 18th of September 2019, bookings through c.lees2@lcm.ac.uk. You need to prepare a verse and chorus of your choosing, a capella (45 seconds).

Additional ensembles at LCoM

Leodian Concert Orchestra
The Leodian Concert Orchestra is a lively and friendly ensemble for classical musicians who are a minimum of grade 6 (strings/brass) and grade 8 (woodwind) standard. The orchestra brings together people from all over the Yorkshire region who share a love of playing orchestral music, combining both LCoM students and skilled musicians from the wider community. 

Choral Society
The Leeds College of Music Choral Society are a dedicated, welcoming and hard-working group of singers from the wider community. Whether you are a beginner or already possess some choral experience, our established choir will enable you to develop your singing skills and work on a wide range of choral repertoire. Previous concerts have included Brahms’ Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and a programme of folk songs from around the world. 

Sinfonia is a friendly, welcoming group of adult learners who are passionate about playing classical music. Tutored by conductor Andrew Watkinson, Sinfonia studies three programmes of music each year with public concerts at the end of each term. Whilst no audition is required, the aim of the Sinfonia is to provide orchestral experience for players who have achieved a minimum standard of Grade 3 (strings) and Grade 5 (wind/brass). 

Students’ Union ensembles
The students’ union runs various society based ensembles, including a big band and camerata orchestra. More information on these can be found during fresher’s week.

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