Leeds College of Music

Leeds College of Music (LCoM) is a music conservatoire – one of only nine music conservatoires in the UK. Degrees are validated by the University of Hull. The unique environment and wealth of expert knowledge will support and inspire you to go further, to experiment and take creative risks. Leeds College of Music is the largest specialist conservatoire in the UK with a broad range of music courses from Classical, Jazz and Pop to Film Music, Production and Musical Theatre.

UCAS Code: L30

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Student Services and Facilities

Libraries and Information Services

  • The brand new Skyline library opened its doors in September 2017. The library sees an increase in computer facilities on site for students to use. Our music collection includes over 30,000 items of printed music, 11,000 CDs, 700 DVDs, as well as around 8,000 books.
  • Other highlights of the collection are a 9,000-strong vinyl archive, largely comprising of jazz LPs and a number of notable original scores including those of Ted Heath, the bandleader of Britain’s greatest post-war big band, who recorded over 100 albums and sold more than 20 million copies.

Student jobs

  • Students can seek help from the college to secure local part-time work.

Other services and facilities

  • As a specialist music institution, LCoM provides the facilities to help students fulfil their creative vision. With most facilities open until 3am during term time, students can practice and work at a time to suit them with dedicated support from our specialist technicians.


  • Six recording studios with Audient, SSL and Neve equipment. Seven mixing rooms with vocal rooms. Five surround sound room with projector. Six Apple Mac Labs with over 100 high spec iMacs with MIDI keyboards and audio interfaces. Latest versions of Logic Pro, ProTools, Sibelius, Reason and Ableton as well as Adobe Creative Cloud suite Augmented Reality App for Audient sound mixing desks Equipment. Loan store for microphones and recording equipment.


  • 350-seat venue. 120-seat recital room. Live lecture capture. All-Steinway School – over 70 Steinway pianos for students to use. Musical instrument loan store. Seven drum/percussion rooms. Forty practice rooms including individual, band and ensemble rooms. Eight grand piano rooms. Roland suite.

Teaching and learning

  • Virtual learning environment – watch recorded lectures and access a range of learning resources. Live streaming of masterclasses and lectures. Roland AIRA academy – one of just three in Europe. Media suite. Business hub. Musicians booking agency – paid performance opportunities. Enterprise department – opportunities designed to support artistic or business development.

Students' Union

  • LCoMSU is an elected team of creative individuals from different years, pathways and backgrounds that work together in order to make sure that every student's voice is properly heard and represented within the conservatoire. The SU Office is always open for students to have a chat.

Collaboration and networking

  • A daily mission of the SU is to develop relationships and working partnerships with other institutions, businesses and the creative industries. There is a continued participation in the Conservatoires UK network, which has helped the sharing of ideas and forming of valuable relationships with other small and specialist Students' Unions.

Events, socials and gigs

  • The SU produce and collaborate on many events throughout the year and are always looking for new ways to cater for the vibrant and dynamic student community. It’s also the SU's job to keep ears to the ground and let students know about the vast array of exciting cultural events happening around Leeds every day and night. 


  • Societies at LCoM are constantly growing and changing as students are always encouraged to join or set up new ones. Over the last few years some of the societies have undertaken European tours, while others have performed on radio shows with Leeds University and many are booked to play events and parties at LCoM.


  • Founded in 1965 as Leeds Music Centre, the college became City of Leeds College of Music in 1971 and Leeds College of Music in 1997. LCoM was the first institution to provide a degree in Jazz Music and was the first conservatoire to launch a Popular Music degree over ten years ago.

Notable Alumni and Famous Faces

  • Alan Barnes – jazz saxophonist (1980)
  • Chris Batchelor – jazz trumpeter
  • Matthew Bourne – composer and pianist (2001)
  • Andrew Colman – trumpeter and Perrier Young Jazz Musician of the Year 1999
  • Snake Davis – pop saxophonist
  • Damon Gough aka Badly Drawn Boy – singer and song writer (1991)
  • Victoria Christina Hesketh – pianist and singer aka Little Boots
  • Richard Iles – jazz composer and trumpeter (1980)
  • Nikki Iles – jazz composer and pianist (1984)
  • Ryan Jarman – singer, guitarist and songwriter of The Cribs
  • Gary Jarman – singer, bass guitarist and songwriter of The Cribs
  • James Lynch – trumpeter of Touch and Go
  • David Newton – jazz pianist (1979)
  • Rusko – dubstep producer (2002)
  • Chris Sharkey – jazz composer and guitarist of Trio VD and Acoustic Ladyland
  • Adrian Snell – composer, pianist and vocalist
  • Johnny Thirkell – trumpeter
  • Thrash Pilot – drum and bass producer (2002)
  • Pete Wareham – jazz saxophonist and vocalist of Acoustic Ladyland and Polar Bear (1995)
  • Nick Webb – jazz guitarist of Acoustic Alchemy.


Leeds College of Music, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD