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Leeds Youth Music Festival

Festival Opening Night

Join the City of Leeds Youth Training Orchestra, Leeds Schools Brass Ensemble, Leeds Schools String Orchestra and Leeds Schools Choir for the opening night of the festival. A showcase of some of the City of Leeds Music junior and intermediate groups.

When?  Friday 10th June 2022, 7pm

Where? Cornerstone Baptist Church, Kirkstall Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 3LF

Open to the public. £4 per adult/£2 concessions/U18s free.

North Leeds Music Centre Interactive concert with Sam Barrett

Sam Barrett is a hard touring, folk and country singer/songwriter from Otley. Playing honest, heartfelt self penned and traditional songs on 12 string guitar and banjo. Sam will be delivering an hour long interactive concert at NLMC suitable for all ages. The audience will get the chance to join in with musical activities and learn about the history behind much of his music.

When? Saturday 11th June 2022, 11am-12pm

Where? Allerton CoE Primary School, Lingfield Approach, Leeds, LS17 7HL

Open to public.

YAMSEN World Tours

A musical, colourful celebration of cultures from around the globe. YAMSEN Commonwealth Tours celebrating the Platinum Jubilee through multi-sensory musical activities. Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th June are for pupils with CMLN/PMLD and Thursday 16th and Friday 17th June are for more mobile pupils with learning difficulties including those with autism and communication difficulties.

When? Tuesday 14th June to Friday 17th June 2022, 10:30am-2pm

Where? Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawson’s Corner, Stanningley, Pudsey, LS28 5TA

North Leeds Music Centre end of term summer concert

Performances by our tuition and ensemble groups at North Leeds Music Centre.

When? Saturday 18th June 2022

Where? Allerton CoE Primary School, Lingfield Approach, Leeds, LS17 7HL

Girls’ Choir Festival

Girls’ choirs from across the Diocese of Leeds, including the Leeds Cathedral Girls’ Choir, come together to celebrate singing in Leeds Cathedral. Featuring nearly 100 young singers and both secular and sacred repertoire from across the ages.

When? Sunday 19th June 2022, 2:30pm

Where? Leeds Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds, LS2 8BE

Open to public. Free of charge.

LSMA Big Sing

Key Stage 2 students from schools around Leeds join together to sing.

When? Tuesday 21st June 2022, 1pm-2:30pm

Where? Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawsons Corner, Stanningley, Pudsey, LS28 5TA

LSMA Big Sing

Key Stage 2 students from schools around Leeds join together to sing.

When? Wednesday 22nd June 2022, 1pm-2:30pm

Where? Yeadon Town Hall, High Street, Yeadon, Leeds, LS19 7PP

LSMA Big Sing

Key Stage 2 students from schools around Leeds join together to sing.

When? Thursday 23rd June 2022, 1pm-2:30pm

Where? Morley Town Hall, Queen Street, Morley, Leeds, LS27 9DY

Roma Fest

This event is an opportunity to raise awareness and celebrate the Gypsy, Roma, Traveller culture full of performances from dancers, musicians and vocalists. We welcome our parents and carers to watch our talented musicians.

When? Friday 24th June 2022, 1pm

Where? Co-op Academy Leeds, Stoney Rock Lane, Leeds, LS9 7HD

Open to parents, students of Co-op Academy Leeds and pupils of feeder primaries. Tickets £1.

Chapel FM Open Mic

The Chapel FM Open Mic is a great opportunity for young performing artists to share their work in front of a friendly and supportive audience. Bring your music, your spoken word, your comedy, your poems or any other act you would like to perform and share live in our amazing Radio Theatre. The Open Mic is broadcast live on East Leeds FM and through our YouTube channel.

When? Friday 24th June 2022, 7:30pm (performers there by 7pm)

Where? Chapel FM Arts Centre, Old Seacroft Chapel, York Road, Leeds, LS14 6JB

Headingley Youth Music Festival

Headingley Youth Music Festival is a fun afternoon of music-making for children, young people and their families. With stage performances, music workshops, digital music drop-ins, storytelling, drumming and all the fun of a summer fair, there is something for everyone. Featuring performances from children and young people from local schools, including choirs, ensembles, winners of talent competitions and the Rock School band formed and rehearsed at the festival.

When? Saturday 25th June 2022, 12pm-4pm

Where? Shire Oak Primary School, Wood Lane, Headingley, Leeds, LS6 2DT

Open to the public. Entrance to the festival and musical activities is free. A small charge for bouncy castles, stalls and refreshments.

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Horsforth Music Centre end of term summer concert

Performances by our tuition and ensemble groups at Horsforth Music Centre.

When? Saturday 25th June 2022, 1:30pm-3:30pm

Where? Horsforth High School, Lee Lane East, Horsforth, Leeds, LS18 5RF

Boys’ Choir Festival

Boys’ choirs from across the Diocese of Leeds, including the Leeds Cathedral Boys’ Choir, come together to celebrate singing in Leeds Cathedral. Featuring nearly 100 young singers and both secular and sacred repertoire from across the ages.

When? Sunday 26th June 2022, 2:30pm

Where? Leeds Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds, LS2 8BE

Open to public. Free of charge.

EPOS Ensemble Day

Wetherby Music Centre will join up with Wetherby High School for a fantastic opportunity to improve ensemble skills.

When? Thursday 30th June 2022, 9am-3:15pm

Where? Wetherby High School, Hallfield Lane, Wetherby, LS22 6JS

Keyboard Studies Programme Pupils’ Concert

Young students from across the Keyboard Studies Programme perform in concert, featuring the Cathedral’s four-manual Klais organ.

When? Sunday 3rd July 2022, 3pm

Where? Leeds Cathedral, Great George Street, Leeds, LS2 8BE

Open to public. Free of charge.

Wharfedale Festival Summer Concert

In Partnership with YAMSEN. Featuring the YAMSEN children’s Accord choirs and the Off the Cuff and Off By Heart adult choirs.

When? Tuesday 5th July 2022, 12:45pm-1:45pm

Where? The Kings Hall, Ilkley, Station Road, Ilkley, LS29 8HB

LSMA Wind Brass Percussion Workshop Day and Performance

Invited wind, brass and percussion players from Leeds schools will take part in a workshop, introducing ensemble skills. They will be joined in the evening by the City of Leeds Youth Training Wind Orchestra and the City of Leeds Youth Wind Orchestra in a joint performance.

When? Tuesday 5th July 2022, 9am-2:45pm. Concert at 6:30pm.

Where? Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawsons Corner, Stanningley, Pudsey, LS28 5TA

Concert open to public.

Youth Music Celebration Concert

Performances by a variety of small ensembles from secondary schools across the city, together with performers from Leeds Youth Choir and Roots Alive. LMEP, working together with The Leeds Conservatoire, will provide the chance for small ensembles to attend a workshop session and a sound check during the day and then all groups will perform at the evening concert.

When? Thursday 7th July 2022, 7pm

Where? Leeds Conservatoire, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD

Open to the public. Tickets £5. Available from The Leeds Conservatoire.

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ARC23

ARC23 is a spaceship sent from earth to seek a new planet for humans to live on. Little do the crew know, Captain Andersen is keeping a huge and terrible secret…” Come and see the World Premiere of Lewis Murphy and Laura Attridge’s new opera ARC23 to celebrate Leeds Youth Opera’s 50th Anniversary!

When? Thursday 7th July – Saturday 9th July 2022, 7:30pm

Where? Carriageworks Theatre, 2 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

Open to public.

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50th Anniversary Concert

Leeds Youth Opera alumni come together to celebrate 50 years of music-making by performing some of the best and most famous opera pieces in history. This is part of the final date showing of ARC23.

When? Saturday 9th July 2022, 7:30pm

Where? Carriageworks Theatre, 2 Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

Open to public.

Leeds Junior Conservatoire Summer Festival

A celebration showcasing the work of Leeds Junior Conservatoire’s performance, production and stage students.

When? Saturday 9th July 2022, 10am-2pm

Where? Leeds Conservatoire, 3 Quarry Hill, Leeds, LS2 7PD

Bands in the Park

Featuring Horsforth Music Centre Concert Band.

When? Sunday 10th July 2022, 2:30pm-4:30pm

Where? Gledhow Valley Woods, Gledhow Valley Road, Leeds, LS17 6LR

Open to public.

Big Samba

Big Samba is led by Tim Brain and David Mitchell of Louder than Life and is a large carnivalesque, outdoor performance session.

When? Monday 11th July 2022, 10am-11:30am and 1pm-2:30pm

Where? John Charles Centre for Sport, Middleton Grove, Belle Isle, Leeds, LS11 5DJ

Leeds Symphony Orchestra Schools Concert

Schools have been invited to attend a free concert given by Leeds Symphony Orchestra to give them the opportunity to see a live performance. The concert is aimed at Key Stage 4 students, together with pupils who receive instrumental lessons. The programme will include a range of pieces from a variety of genres and periods of music.

When? Monday 11th July 2022, 7pm-9pm

Where? The Grammar School at Leeds, Harrogate Road, Leeds, LS17 8GS

Free of charge. Tickets available to those schools who have applied.

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CLYTWO Open Rehearsal

A chance to come along and try out in a special City of Leeds Youth Training Wind Orchestra rehearsal.

When? Tuesday 12th July 2022, 5:15pm-6:45pm

Where? Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawson’s Corner, Stanningley, Pudsey, LS28 5TA

Woodjam 2022

In association with Viking Sound and Lighting, Gresham’s School, Big Sky Creative and Charanga, pupils with have a very special opportunity to play alongside the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain in a special Live Interactive event. The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain is a group of all-singing, all-strumming Ukulele players, which believes that all genres of music are available for reinterpretation, as long as they are played on the ukulele.

When? Thursday 14th July 2022, 1:15pm-2:15pm

Where? Online.

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Festival Finale – LSMA Strings Workshop Day and Performance

Invited string instrumentalists from Leeds schools will take part in a workshop, introducing ensemble skills. They will be joined by the City of Leeds Youth Training Orchestra, Leeds Schools String Orchestra and Leeds Schools Brass Ensemble in a joint performance.

When? Friday 15th July 2022, 9am-2:45pm. Performance 7pm

Where? Pudsey Civic Hall, Dawsons Corner, Stanningley, Pudsey, LS28 5TA

Open to the public.

Previous Events

Friday afternoon music – a free initiative for all Leeds schools

Fully funded by Leeds Music Education Partnership, all schools in Leeds currently have access to a wide range of music videos to enhance and enrich their music curriculum.

A selection of performance videos showcase the ‘Live music in Schools’ ensembles, whilst our Music Nugget videos are a selection of fun, bite-sized activities for children to join in with, created by our experienced Extended Learning team. A different set of videos are released each Friday afternoon, and the links are made available for you to watch after this time at your own convenience.

For more information about this initiative, please email sarah.truscott@leeds.gov.uk

Places Available at Girls-Only DJ Club

Free and subsidised places are available at DJ School UK, for girls age 9 and up who attend Leeds Schools.

With support from Leeds Music Education Partnership, these sessions are held weekly on Tuesdays in school term time from 5-6pm. They are free to girls entitled to free school meals or pupil premium and attend a Leeds School, everyone else must pay £10 per term.

The group is a relaxed social space where girls and young women share DJ Skills and music.

Click here for more information, alternatively please contact Jim Reiss (jim@djschooluk.org.uk) or call 07949379442 for queries.