University of Leeds International Concert Series

The University of Leeds International Concert Series hosts performances throughout the year, including classical, chamber, jazz, folk, and contemporary music. We’re based at the beautiful Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall which is supported by the Clothworkers Bar (where free tea/coffee and biscuits are always available before concerts!) Our concerts feature internationally renowned professional artists, as well as providing a platform for students on the cusp of professional performance careers. We’re not just for University staff and students – all are welcome! We think classical music should be accessible to all and would love to see you at our next event.

Many of our concerts are free to attend (all Friday Lunchtimes and Contemporary Wednesdays), and all events are free to students! We also offer complimentary tea/coffee and biscuits for a half an hour before each concert so people can relax and socialise. We often welcome visiting groups from charities, care homes, and schools and can offer talks and catering to go along with this.

“It was so nice to find somewhere I could go to listen to music and have a minute to myself. I’ve been to many different events now and discovered a love for genres I didn’t think I’d like!” – Attendee

We are part of Arts Together because … we want classical music to be accessible to everyone.

University of Leeds International Concert Series
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall, School of Music, 12 Cavendish Road, University of
Leeds, LS2 9JT
[email protected]

2 July 2023.
Piano concert at The University of Leeds Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall.

People you may meet

  • Dan Merrick

    As Strategic Development Manager, I oversee the University's International Concert Series. Living in Leeds and working in the School of Music, my appreciation of music and music making has broadened significantly. I've grown to love classical music and in particular, opera. As Morley Town Deal Board member, I'm helping the town find its rightful place as a cultural destination, through the redevelopment of Morley Town Hall. Fun fact:  I know which makes me happier, but I continue to spend too much time engaged with politics, and should spend more time cooking instead.

  • Lizzy Hardman

    I oversee marketing and events management for the Concert Series – you’ll normally spot me at a Friday Lunchtime concert or an open mic night! I’m also a music researcher specialising in gender and queer theory, and a professional operatic soprano. Fun fact: the first professional orchestral concert I saw was the Hallé with my local music centre, but I was super ill and spent the whole evening in the first aid room in the Bridgewater Hall.

  • Jess Ward

    I began working for the University of Leeds International Concert Series in 2012 after graduating from the University with an undergraduate degree in Music and Maths and a Master’s in Composition. My current role of Concerts Coordinator includes concert programming, artist liaison, event management and the development of the series. Fun fact: I really like musicals, and my favourite is Les Misérables.

University of Leeds International Concert Series website