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Strategic alliance with Leeds College of Music
Statement issued on 23 June 2011
Music To Your Ears
The strategic alliance between Leeds City College and Leeds College of Music which will help to strengthen the city’s cultural arts provision has received approval from the Secretary of State.
Leeds College of Music will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Leeds City College on 1 August 2011, in a relationship which will offer a number of benefits to both colleges as well as students in the city.
The alliance with Leeds City College will present Leeds College of Music with the benefits of shared resources and economies of scale and provide a secure financial future in today’s uncertain funding climate. Leeds College of Music is the fourth UK conservatoire to join forces with another education institution.
Leeds City College, which is the UK’s third largest FE establishment, is already renowned for a number of key specialisms, and has National Skills Academy status in seven subject areas, including Creative and Cultural Skills. The alliance with Leeds College of Music, providing a centre of excellence for Higher Education, will further strengthen this aspect of its mission, to the benefit of students, the city of Leeds and the wider region.
Peter Roberts, Leeds City College Principal & Chief Executive, said, “We are delighted that approval for this strategic alliance has now been confirmed. The diverse curriculum currently on offer at both colleges proves a natural fit; the alliance will see a broadening of provision and a significant extension of the Higher Education offer previously available at Leeds City College. It also enables Leeds College of Music to progress.”
Philip Meaden, Principal of Leeds College of Music, said “We are looking forward to an exciting future as part of the Leeds City College group. The alliance enables us to make a substantial investment in our buildings and facilities, thereby ensuring that our current and future students receive the best possible preparation for their career, and consolidating Leeds College of Music’s position as the UK’s progressive conservatoire.”
“We have some incredibly exciting news soon to be revealed, which will reaffirm Leeds College of Music’s position as the number one choice of conservatoire in the UK for students looking for a prosperous, lifelong career in music and the creative industries.”
Leeds College of Music will be constituted as a Company Limited by Guarantee with charitable status, retaining its name, distinctive brand and purpose built premises in the city’s Quarry Hill arts quarter. It will continue to offer its unique mix of conservatoire-style provision in Classical Music, Jazz, Music Production and Popular Music across Higher Education, Further Education and community courses, which complements Leeds City College’s existing performance arts offer.