Music is alive and well in the city of Leeds with festivals, concert venues, shops and even its very own college for music.
The Leeds College of Music has more than 1,000 full-time students and more than 1,000 part-time students. The college started life as Leeds Music Centre in 1965 and became the College of Music in 1971. Jazz education was its main strength when it first began, and it still has a strong reputation for its jazz education today. Classical music, popular music and music production also feature on the list of college courses.
Anyone wanting to buy music has plenty of choice in Leeds. Among the many music shops is Jumbo Records, which has been running for over 30 years. The Corn Exchange shopping centre often houses a record and CD fair.
Live music events Leeds Festival and Party in the Park are well-established happenings on the city’s annual music calendar. There is also a very long list of venues offering live music for the rest of the year, and open-air pop, rock and classical concerts are common in the city’s big park areas.
The Leeds International Piano competition is another huge music event for Leeds. This has been taking place since 1963 and has a reputation for discovering some great pianists in history.
The Leeds Grand Theatre and Opera House is home to opera company Opera North.
Famous musicians to come from Leeds include The Kaiser Chiefs and Corinne Bailey Rae.