New College Bradford Performing Arts

Students are encouraged to take an active role in musical and drama activities and to form and direct their own groups. Choir takes place every week for staff and students, and there are lots of chamber music, solo performance and drama opportunities to get involved with during the year. Students will also develop the ability to rehearse and direct their very own groups.

New Facilities

The Performing Arts department boasts a new state of the art building; facilities second to none.

  • A large, state of the art theatre space for performances and shows
  • An industry standard recording studio with a live room
  • A stunning, state-of-the-art dance theatre
  • 5 music practice rooms (including mirrors and stands) which can be booked in advance on a weekly basis
  • 1 teaching room with a computer suite of Mac computers
  • 2 drum kit rooms
  • A dedicated band rehearsal space, which can be booked in advance on a weekly basis
  • Multiple recording rooms
  • All computers in the department are equipped with ProTools and Sibelius software, for editing recordings and composition.
  • All practice rooms will have brand new Yamaha Arius electric pianos and amps.

Peripatetic Music Lessons

All New College students can opt to learn, or continue learning, an instrument whilst studying with us. For our own music students, studying an instrument to a high level will be an important part of the course. Non music students as well as complete beginners can also learn instruments. The instrumental lessons on offer at New College Bradford are as follows:

Strings – Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass

Woodwind – Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone and Alto Saxophone

Brass – French Horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba

Percussion – Drum Kit, Tuned Percussion

Guitars – Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar and Bass Guitar

Other – Keyboard, Piano and Voice

Instrumental Tuition is provided through Bradford Music Service. To sign up to lessons, download the NCB Music Instrumental Tuition Letter here. Instrument hire is available for £10 per term from

Lessons will usually take place in the NCB Music department during one of your free periods at the same time each week. All students taking peripatetic lessons will be invited to take part in NCB ensembles and performances throughout their time with us.

Performances & Concerts

The Performing Arts department hosts a variety of concerts, shows and recitals during the academic year. This includes a “New College Bradford Young Musician of the Year Competition” and seasonal concerts.

Workshops/Master Classes

Leeds College of Music will be visiting New College Bradford in our first few years of opening to run workshops for Performing Arts students. Potential workshops will include:

  • Composition
  • Classical
  • Jazz
  • Folk Music
  • Popular Music and Songwriting
  • Music Production
  • Musical Theatre
  • Acting
  • Music Business
  • Film Music

Music and drama students will be able to get involved in these workshops, as well as students taking instrumental lessons or who are part of any Performing Arts clubs either inside or outside of college. Check the Performing Arts noticeboard for updates if you would like to get involved!

Live Music and Theatre Trips

Students studying Performing Arts will be invited to attend trips to see live music in and around Bradford and theatre, relating to their course. For example, we plan to take our Year 12s to watch some of the set works for Music A Level live at The Bridgewater Hall in January.

Freshers Fair!

Watch out for music and drama events at NCB Fresher’s Fair, and check the Performing Arts department noticeboards or Twitter for general information about extra-curricular events, clubs happening at New College Bradford.

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