News - August 2013

University of Hull and Leeds College of Music join forces as music partners

20 August 2013

The University of Hull and Leeds College of Music have announced an exciting new music partnership.


From 1st September the University of Hull will validate all degree courses at Leeds College of Music. Courses include popular music, classical, jazz and music production at undergraduate level and performance and composition at postgraduate level. Both organisations already have teaching and research links, and this new association will build on those and enhance the opportunities for students studying at both institutions.

This comes at an exciting time and is part of a wider enhancement of music provision at the University of Hull with the launch of the new School of Drama, Music and Screen in time for the new academic year. As the first phase of a major investment, the development of new studio facilities are expected to be completed in September as the University concentrates facilities on the Hull campus. The University is also looking to invest in music provision in auditoria, theatre space and media environment.

The University of Hull’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Calie Pistorius said: “We are delighted to embark on this exciting new partnership with Leeds College of Music. Together with our existing sponsorship scheme with Opera North and ongoing investment in facilities at our Hull campus, we are continuing to enhance our academic music offering. We look forward to a relationship which is beneficial to both organisations and all future music students.”

Professor Philip Meaden, Principal of Leeds College of Music said: “We are greatly looking forward to working with colleagues at the University of Hull to extend the opportunities available to students of both institutions. The University’s music provision has an outstanding reputation, which perfectly complements our highly progressive offer at Leeds College of Music, and this partnership offers the chance to develop a wide range of new and inspiring activities.”

]Professor Alison Yarrington, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Hull said: “This is a fantastic partnership which will add value for both the University and the Conservatoire. We are investing in music as part of the new School of Drama, Music and Screen and the Leeds’ Music College is also very important in that it will add an extra dimension and complement what we already offer.”

A flexible and innovative music programme is offered by the University of Hull. This covers areas such as:

  • performance (classical, jazz and popular styles)
  • composition (song-writing, instrumental ensemble and film music)
  • music technology (sonic arts, studio production and interactive technologies)
  • musicology (historical and critical investigations and interdisciplinary areas)

Joint degrees with English literature, theatre and modern languages are also available.

The University has active links with one of Europe’s leading opera companies, Opera North, through a sponsorship scheme. This 18-month deal, gives students from the School of Drama, Music and Screen the opportunity to interact with music, production and administrative staff at the company and take up internship opportunities to enhance employability.

The University is also one of the key partners in driving forward the City of Culture 2017 bid.
Leeds College of Music is a leading progressive conservatoire, renowned for combining rigour and focus with a personal approach, leading to a more rewarding career in music. It is a member of both Conservatoires UK and the Association Européenne des Conservatoires, and is the newest British music conservatoire.

Pathways in classical, jazz, popular music and music production at both further education (FE) and higher education (HE) levels provide a uniquely dynamic and collaborative experience. Students have access to high quality one to one teaching, and are encouraged to collaborate, experiment and to develop their own styles. As part of Leeds College of Music’s commitment to excellence it provides its students with the best equipment possible for the study of music and is the only English conservatoire to hold the coveted All-Steinway School status as well as being an Apple Authorised Training Centre.

Planning has started for a joint musical celebration involving the University and Leeds College of Music in the coming months to mark the new partnership. Details of this event will be released later in the year.

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