Welcome to our Summer Festival 2022 - Celebrating School of Music Alumni
Welcome to the University of Leeds International Concert Series inaugural Summer Festival. We are delighted to host a week of live music, concerts, talks, and industry sessions celebrating the success of University of Leeds alumni.
Taking place between Friday 1 July and Friday 8 July, the festival will include 13 concerts, featuring School of Music graduates who have gone on to have professional careers in the music performance industry, plus an array of talks, industry sessions, panel events, interviews and a community 'Come and Sing'.
We are excited to share the incredible music-making of our previous students, and look forward to welcoming audiences to Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall.
Friday 1st July
1:05pm | Elizabeth Hardman (soprano) Jonathan Drummond (piano)
A varied programme of much loved and lesser-known works from the classical song, operatic and music theatre genres.
7:30pm - 10:00pm | Doomtet, Will Blackstone Band, Simeon Walker Duo
A night of contemporary jazz, improvisation, new music and creativity from Leeds based graduate musicians.
Saturday 2nd July
CANCELLED - sadly due to illness, this concert with Imogen Creedy & Hilary Suckling has been cancelled.
Sunday 3rd July
Come & Sing! Vivaldi's Gloria with Leeds Baroque
10:00am - 3:00pm | Workshop rehearsals for the participating community chorus
4:00pm - 4:40pm | Leeds Baroque and Community Chorus - Vivaldi's Gloria
Monday 4th July - Industry Day
Sessions, talks and workshops focussing on career development in the music and performance industries.
10:30am-11:25am | MINDFULNESS FOR PEOPLE WHO CREATE STUFF
A little mindfulness practice. Discussion and sharing of experience. How to bring mindfulness to the stage/the practice room/life.
11:30am-12:25pm | EMOTIONS AND PERFORMANCE ANXIETY
MITOS: Marie El-Khazen and Naomi Trentham
Exploring why understanding our emotions and how they work in our body is critical for managing performance anxiety.
12:30pm-1:00pm | EMOTIONS AND PERFORMANCE ANXIETY | DROP-IN
Chat to Marie or Naomi one-to-one. An opportunity to ask questions following their Emotions and Performance Anxiety session.
1:05pm - 1:55pm | Opera North Whistlestop Opera - A Tale of Orpheus & Eurydice
Opera North in collaboration with South Asian Arts UK.
A joyful 45-minute exploration of love, music, and hope for the future.
2:30pm-3:25pm | LETTERS TO MY YOUNGER SELF: HOW GRADUATES’ STORIES CAN HELP YOU TO BE THE AUTHOR OF YOUR OWN FUTURE
Join Dr Kate Blackstone to hear career advice from over 30 music graduates. At this workshop you can expect a mixture of practical steps and self reflective activities to help you make the most of your degree and your first steps into your chosen profession.
3:30pm-4:25pm | AUTHENTICITY IN THE ARTS: CREATING A FULFILLING AND SUCCESSFUL CAREER
A career in the performing arts is unlike that in any other industry, and yet we often expect it to conform to traditional job expectations. Join career coach and musician George Strickland in this interactive session to explore what success, authenticity, and “making it” means to you in whichever path you choose.
5:00pm - 6:00pm | Ashatones
An eclectic range of original barbershop arrangements spanning various decades and musical genres.
Tuesday 5th July
1:05pm - 1:55pm | Patricia Yates (tenor) Graziana Presicce (piano)
Indigo Collective, comprised of Patricia Yates and Graziana Presicce, is a piano-vocal duo, committed to bringing vibrant, diverse programmes to their audiences.
7:30pm - 9:30pm | VRï
VRï have unearthed long lost nuggets that shed a new light on a vibrant folk tradition that harnesses the raw energy of the fiddle with the finesse of the violin, the beauty of chamber music with the joy and hedonism of a pub session.
Wednesday 6th July
1:05pm - 1:55pm | Rosanna Ter-Berg (flutes)
Music from Western Contemporary Classical to Brazilian folk, showcasing handmade flutes from around the world.
7:30pm - 9:30pm | Granny's Attic
With exceptional musicianship and boundless energy, Granny’s Attic are “one of the most exciting and accomplished English folk acts on the scene right now”.
Thursday 7th July
1:05pm - 1:55pm | Dom Pusey (saxophone) Ed Rice (piano)
Exploring the relationship between the bossa nova movement in Brazil and North American jazz musicians, focussing on music by the Brazilian composer Antônio Carlos Jobim.
8:00pm - 9:00pm | Mared Williams (singer/pianist)
Mared is a Welsh singer-songwriter and actor sharing her time between Llannefydd (North Wales) and London. Mared’s latest project in 2022 is soul-pop EP, ‘Something Worth Losing’, which is co-written and produced by Jamiroquai instrumentalist and solo artist, Nate Williams.
Friday 8th July
1:05pm - 1:55pm | Morgana Warren-Jones (mezzo) Michael Davies (piano)
A recital of romantic song repertoire including a selection of German lieder by Richard Strauss.
Tickets & booking
A selection of concerts, including all lunchtime events, are free to attend and don't require ticket booking. Ticketed concerts are all £5 (full price), £4 (concession), Free (students). Tickets can be booked online, over the phone, or in person.
Booking links for ticketed concerts can be found on each event page on our website.
If you wish to book via phone, our box office is open between 10am and 3pm on weekdays: 0113 3432583
Please visit the School of Music reception between 10am and 3pm on weekdays: School of Music, 12 Cavendish Road, Leeds, LS2 9JT. Tickets will also be available for purchase on the door up to 30 minutes before the start of each concert.
NB - payment can only be made by card, we can not accept cash.
The closest university carpark is open to visitors after 5pm on weekdays and anytime during the weekend. Access is via Vernon Road.The nearest non-university carpark is on Woodhouse Lane, LS2 8BN.
Further information can be found at: estates.leeds.ac.uk/our-services/car-parking/visitor-parking/
During the festival, visitors can use the orange zone carpark for £3 a day using Festival Saver parking code at the pay machines before exit. Parking codes for all events - free or ticketed - will be advertised on printed festival literature, and screens, in the School building.
There are a number of toilets within the School of Music, including disabled toilets. All toilets are open to attendees.
The Clothworkers Bar will be open for refreshments during all events. For additional food and drink, there are a number of shops, cafes, and restaurants on nearby Woodhouse Lane/Blenheim Terrace.
Our building is wheelchair accessible. We can also reserve seats on the flat within the concert hall for wheelchair users. Please email concerts.leeds.ac.uk to discuss requirements.