The jewels of Leeds’ musical crown are flinging open their doors this May! From Seacroft to Horsforth, Rothwell to Woodhouse, Boston Spa, Moortown and Guiseley, our city is alive with community music.
ArtForms, runs eight community music centres across the city which meet every Saturday in term time. The centres aim to offer every family, every individual, in Leeds the opportunity to learn and make music, regardless of their situation. Lessons start from just £10 per month with generous bursaries available for those on low incomes.
The centres are a fantastic resource for the city; offering tuition, bands, orchestras and choirs. The music on offer is of broad range and is open to all ages and abilities. However, the real gold dust of the centres is found not just in the instruments or professional teachers but in the members who attend them:
- In one centre, a 5-year old-girl has grown in confidence within the space of one year from struggling to speak in class to performing at a piano recital.
- At the other end of the spectrum, a 63-year-old man is perfecting a hip hop piece on the ukulele in collaboration with an 8-year-old in anticipation of the summer concert.
- A mum who attends the music centre in Horsforth says: “We have two teenage daughters who have attended music centre since they were tiny. The music centre has given them the opportunity to make new friends and meet people of different ages and background. The music centre has given them the ability to make music, the opportunity to perform and to gain in self-confidence.”
This May, the centres are hosting open days where everyone is welcome to experience a flavour of what music centres are all about. There’s no need to book as activities and tours are planned for all morning.
For more information on the Music Centres, please see the dedicated section of the ArtForms website here.