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Music Overview

Music at Morley has a long and distinguished history stretching back over 100 years to when Gustav Holst was Director of Music (1907-1924) and taking in Michael Tippett’s years in the same role (1940-1951), when concerts at Morley  played an important part in keeping London’s musical life going during the war years.

Ralph Vaughan Williams, Benjamin Britten, Peter Pears and many other leading names have taught or performed at Morley. Cornelius Cardew’s Scratch Orchestra broke new ground in experimental music-making during the 1970s, while the Morley Jazz orchestra and Big Band have been notable ensembles within their fields for over 30 years.

Why study Music at Morley?

  • Expert tutors representing all areas of the music profession.
  • Network with like-minded students
  • Opportunities to perform throughout the year
  • Two large performance spaces
  • Access to state of the art recording studio fitted with industry-standard hardware and software

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Whilst studying at Morley students have the opportunity to attend workshops or join courses run by well-known musicians. Grammy award winning Bill Laurance and Richard Smith are both Morley Artists’ in Residence. Students also have the chance to work on live projects with our external partners such as The Cornelius Cardew Concerts Trust.

Today Morley caters for students with all musical interests, from baroque ensembles to rock and pop,  and has exciting new courses in pop music performance and music production under development for September 2017.  Our recording studio - take a virtual tour - features industry-standard hardware and software and it has been recently renovated and equipped with the highest analogue and digital equipment.

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While continuing to strive for excellence in the traditional disciplines, we have kept pace with changing tastes and fashions in music to create a truly diverse offering. From Stravinsky to saxophones and from bebop to baroque, we are the home of music.

Thinking of going to university or taking your study further?

We offer a BTEC HND in Music (Performance or Production), over two years you will gain an internationally recognised higher education qualification from a course that will provide you with the skills you need to work within the field of contemporary pop music performance and/or music production.

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Our staff are accomplished composers, vocalists and intrumentalistis as well as expereinced teaching professionals.

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