Leeds College of Music announces new name

17 July 2020
By Ellie Palmer
From 3 August, the college will officially be renamed Leeds Conservatoire

Leeds College of Music has officially announced it will be changing its name to Leeds Conservatoire next month. 

The move reflects a new era for the Leeds institution, as it diversifies its offering beyond music, to include drama and performing arts. The college has added BA Acting and BA Musical Theatre courses to the mix in recent years and is set to introduce MA Drama programmes in 2021.

Vice Principal, Professor Joe Wilson, comments, “We have long since outgrown our old name, which no longer represents who we are and what we deliver, so we’re thrilled to begin this new chapter with a name which signifies the quality of our training and pays homage to our diverse and creative city.

We are proud of being a progressive conservatoire, and we are committed to ensuring that our training is accessible. Being the first conservatoire in the UK to remove all audition fees is just the beginning of the steps we are taking to provide outstanding training that is inclusive for all.

We’ll continue with the excellent work that we are already doing to focus on making a conservatoire education something that every aspiring musician and performer can pursue.”

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Established in 1965 as Leeds Music Centre, the organisation has been delivering music education for over 50 years. It has held conservatoire status for many years, having been a founding member of the group Conservatoires UK. 

Find out more about Leeds College of Music here.