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Leeds Conservatoire – a leading multidisciplinary conservatoire

Leeds Conservatoire is a specialist conservatoire in the UK, delivering expert music and performing arts education to a community of over 1,200 students. Our broad offering spans undergraduate and postgraduate degree courses, numerous short courses and Leeds Junior Conservatoire for young musicians and performers.

Man playing piano
Postgraduate pianist Joel Jefferson performing in the 7A warehouse space, Wakefield. © Leeds College of Music

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

Leeds Conservatoire prides itself on making conservatoire education accessible to all. In 2019/20, almost 50% of students were supported with bursaries during their studies, awarded to those from lower income households and selected based on academic and musical ability. 

The Leverhulme Arts Scholarships support students on our BA (Hons) Music (Jazz) and MMus Creative Musician degrees, allowing us to maintain our position as a centre for excellence, encouraging talented musicians to apply to the conservatoire, irrespective of socio-economic background.

Leverhulme Arts Scholarship – BA (Hons) Music (Jazz)

“My main goal is to become a full-time musician and to make a living doing what I love, and I am one step closer to achieving that thanks to the Leverhulme Arts Scholarship.” – Leverhulme Arts Scholarship for Jazz Recipient 2019/20

By the end of the three-year grant, twelve exceptional students will have been offered a Leverhulme Arts Scholarship, awarded on the basis of excellence and covering accommodation costs during each of their first years of study at the conservatoire. 

Undergraduate jazz saxophonist, Jasmine Whalley, performing with Têtes de Pois at The Wardrobe
Undergraduate jazz saxophonist, Jasmine Whalley, performing with Têtes de Pois at The Wardrobe. Photo credit: Andrew Benge.

Established in 1965, Leeds Conservatoire has become a centre for excellence in Jazz across the UK and Europe. The first institution to offer a Jazz degree in Europe, our students benefit from highly practical courses delivered by academic staff engaged in the music industry as professional musicians. There are many performance opportunities available for students, including the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra, Students Union Big Band and our bi-monthly jazz showcases.

Leverhulme Arts Scholarship – MMus Creative Musician

“Where you start in life should not dictate what you can aim to achieve and what you want your future to look like, and irrespective of socio-economic background, talented individuals need to know they are worth believing in and can succeed.” – Leverhulme Arts Scholarship for Postgraduate Recipient 2019/20

The Leverhulme Postgraduate Scholarships will have supported twelve individuals with the entire cost of tuition fees for our 1-year full-time MMus Creative Musician programme. 

The course offers the opportunity for students to develop their skills as a professional-level musician and collaborate with leading composers, performers and producers. Our academic staff encourage individuals to experiment, think critically about their musical practice and help cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset.

Postgraduate bassist Art Banymandhub collaborating with fellow postgraduate student, Rachel Coleman
Postgraduate bassist Art Banymandhub collaborating with fellow postgraduate student, Rachel Coleman.


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