Creative school aims to hit the right notes by opening base in Yorkshire

A music and performing arts school is looking to expand its operations to Bradford.

The Brit School in Croydon, south London, first opened in 1991, and has fostered successful actors and international music stars. It has produced names such as actor Tom Holland and singer Katie Melua.

Music industry bosses now want to repeat that success in West Yorkshire.

The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) has lodged plans for Bradford city centre with the Department for Education (DfE).

The BPI explains the new specialist college for 16 to 19-year-olds, would “level-up creative opportunity for underserved young people.”

The project is a collaboration between the BPI, Sony Music, Universal Music, Warner Music, the Brit School and the Day One Trust. If it gains consent, the school could open in 2026.

YolanDa Brown, chair of the BPI, said: “Bradford already has a wonderfully vibrant cultural and creative scene.

“We are very excited about the benefits of this partnership and how we can contribute to Bradford’s ambitions, but also how this school can continue our work to diversify our talent pipeline by ‘levelling-up’ opportunity, both geographically and socio-economically.”

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