Friday, 28 August 2009

New singing classes help unleash hidden talents

Picture Caption: Enrol at one of Leeds' music centres to discover your hidden musical talents

People across Leeds who want to discover if they have the X-Factor or just want to have fun – can join new singing groups at Leeds’ music centres.

Three new singing classes have been added to the already huge repertoire available at Leeds’ eight music centres.

Anything goes at two of the new groups; ‘Sing owt!’ at the South Leeds centre and ‘Sing for fun’ at East Leeds, where members pick the type of songs they want to sing, anything from gospel to rock, or opera to pop. People aged from 11 onwards of any ability are welcome to attend.

Also at the East Leeds centre, young people aged 11 – 18, who want to sing and perform songs from musicals like Hairspray, High School Musical and Grease can join a new musical theatre group on Saturday mornings.

Singing is not the only thing on offer at Leeds music centres, there is something for everyone; from learning to play an instrument to learning how to become a DJ, and from singing in a choir to being part of a steel pan band. The centres have a massive array of classes which are held on Saturday mornings and some evenings, and cater for people of all ages – from five to 85. Enrolment starts next week.

Councillor Richard Harker, executive board member responsible for Education said:
“Leeds music centres, really do cater for everyone, whatever level they are or whatever their passion is. These new singing classes will not only be great fun but also a big confidence booster for many people.

“And it’s not just for children as well, the whole family can join in the fun.”

People who would like to learn to sing, join a group or play an instrument can enrol at one of Leeds eight music centres across the city over the next few weeks:
Guiseley (Guiseley School) Thursday 3 September
Horsforth (Horsforth School) Saturday 5 September
East Leeds (Parklands Girls High School) Saturday 5 September
North Leeds (Carr Manor High School) Saturday 5 September
West Leeds (Pudsey Grangefield School) Wednesday 9 September
East Leeds (Brigshaw High School) Thursday 10 September
South Leeds (Blackgates Primary) Friday 11 September
Rothwell (Royds School) Saturday 12 September
Wetherby (Wetherby High School) Saturday 12 September
South Leeds (Hugh Gaitskell Primary) Saturday 12 September

Also new this year are Asian and world music and dance sessions at the North Leeds centre, which will include:

Boarderline Beats – a world percussion group, using fun and musical games to explore new music techniques. Push the boundaries of world rhythms including Indian, African and Latin styles and see how they can be fused together. Pick ' Mix - World Fusion Music. Jump from one continent to another to explore the world through music and a new Bhangra Dance class

For further information about all Leeds Music Centres and any of the City of Leeds Youth Music Groups contact Artforms on 0113 2304074 or email:, or visit Education Leeds’ website at:

For media enquiries, please contact:
Emma Whittell, Leeds City Council Press Office, on (0113) 2474713