Leeds College of Music set for major refurbishment

HI-TECH: Recording studios will boast the latest technology.
HI-TECH: Recording studios will boast the latest technology.
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Leeds College of Music is set to undergo a £2 million pound refurbishment, it has been announced.

The work at the city’s flagship musical educator will include refurbishment of studios, performance spaces, communal spaces and a major investment into the latest equipment and technology.

The programme is part of Leeds College of Music’s commitment to ‘musical excellence’, according to college bosses.

Principal at Leeds College of Music Prof Philip Meaden said: “We are a very ambitious college aiming to help students achieve musical excellence with world class music facilities and equipment.

“Our major strength is in the depth and breadth of our offering, from jazz to classical and pop to music production, as it empowers students by giving them the skills to enjoy a successful career in the real world.

“We aim to give students an edge for when they leave us, whether it’s by providing the best trainers and facilities or forming exciting new partnerships.”

Prof Meaden said 2011 had already seen the college become the only English conservatoire with All Steinway School status and the first regional British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors Hub, as well as a member of The Music Producer’s Guild UK, which encourages high standards in the industry.

Refurbishment work has already started on the college’s studios and Mac labs - these include five recording studios, two mixing studios, a song writing studio and surround sound post-production theatre.

The college is also investing in an SSL G-series based production studio providing state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.

This is due to be up and working for the beginning of the 2011/2012 academic year.

Further investment in a virtual learning environment - called Space - will help enhance life and learning for Leeds College of Music’s students.

The new facility will be accessed remotely, enabling students to communicate, learn and share news, events, blogs and media content from a PC, Mac or mobile.

As well as the hi-tech additions, the college’s library is also undergoing a major refit, with money being invested in eBooks.

The recital room is set to be fully refurbished with the addition of raked seating that offers improved acoustics and more flexible rehearsal and performance space.

Prof Meaden said: “As a college with high ambitions, investment in the future is essential.

“It will help us increase applications from other high calibre students from around the globe so we can compete not just nationally but internationally.

“These are very exciting times for Leeds College of Music.”