Arts Live Activities 2017-18

Welcome to Arts Live, your local community arts school run by Garforth Academy. Taking place mostly on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons and evenings, we offer a wide range of exciting and fun activities for all abilities & ages (unless otherwise stated).

The table below shows the groups we offer, subject to the number of enrolments we receive. We run multiple sessions for some groups so please indicate your preference when you enrol (see here for full details about enrolment).

Contact us to find out what places are available.

Group Name: Group Description: Termly Fee: Age: Day: Times:
Garforth Community Choir
The main aim is to come together to share in the joy of singing a wide range of music including gospel, soul, reggae and contemporary and classic popular music. Working towards performances and recordings if the group chooses, this group is suitable for people of any ability or experience level. £50 18+ Weds 19:00-21:00
Guitar Groups Develop your guitar skills with sessions for beginner, intermediate and advanced levels £35 (beginner) £40 (inter-generational beginners and all others) 6-17 for all except inter-generational beginners group which is any age 6+, including adults! Wed & Thurs Beginner (Wed & Thurs): 17:00-17:30

Beginner (Wed & Thurs): 17:30-18:00

Intergenerational Beginners (Wed): 18:15-19:00

Intermediate (Thurs):

Intermediate and Advanced (Thurs):

Rock & Pop Bands These groups are suitable for instrumentalists and vocalists, with grade 2 or equivalent experience, who want to compose, perform & record original music. The group is led by professional musicians. £45 11-17 Thurs 19:00-20:15

We are keen to start more bands on different days and times – we have a growing list of interest – please contact us for more info if you cannot make this session – we may be able to start a new band if you get in touch!

Junior Rock & Pop Bands These groups are suitable for instrumentalists and vocalists of any ability including elementary, who want to compose, perform & record original music. The group is led by professional musicians. £50 9-13 Wed 16:00-17:00 (group 1)

17:15-18:15 (group 2)

Folk and Acoustic Music
This is a community band for young and adult musicians at grade 3+ interested in folk and acoustic music. Rehearses once a week and performs regularly throughout the year. £45 11+ Thurs 18:00-19:30
Steel Crazy Adult steel pan group with performance opportunities £30 18+ Tues 19:15-21:15 only on certain dates-see here for details
Panic Attack Children’s steel pan group with performance opportunities £30 9-17 Thurs 16:00-17:00

Welcome Back!

After a very long break, welcome back to Arts Live!

This term is an exciting one! With the Garforth Arts Festival on the horizon, we have got lots of things to be getting on with… All of the Arts Live groups will be performing at some point during the festival so keep your ears to the ground…

Check out the 2011 festival lineup here and buy your tickets now!!

Headlining this year are BILLY BRAGG and HUGH MASEKELA!

Garforth Jazz Rock Band on the Radio!

The Garforth Jazz Rock band were involved in an exciting event held at the Bradford Media museum on the 14th March. Radio Leeds invited the band to perform live as part of the Andrew Edwards show, which was broadcast at 3pm.

The young people were interviewed, performed 2 live numbers and Andrew Edwards also played 2 of the songs that were recorded with the Mzuvele High School choir during the recent trip to Durban. In total, the band and their story were featured for around 40 minutes from just after 3pm  – even moving the presenter to tears with their music!

The whole feature was a joy to listen to and the students were a credit to themselves and to the Academy. If you missed it, please find the BBC iplayer link to the programme here. Make a cuppa, sit back, and enjoy!


Arts Live re-opens the week beginning 3rd Janurary! We’re really looking forward to seeing you all again!

NEW FOR 2011:

Streetdancing Wednesdays 5-6pm
The Saturday morning Streetdancing has proved so popular that we have extrended the classes to include a mid-week class!


The 17th of November was the official launch of Arts Live.It comprised of three separate performance and workshop areas, and ended with a sensational live fire show of epic proportions!

It was a night which saw the culmination of a week’s streetdance project with the 7 trust Primary Schools (Aberford C of E Primary School, St Benedict’s Catholic Primary School, Green Lane Primary Academy, Strawberry Fields Primary School, Ninelands Primary School, Micklefield Primary School and East Garforth Primary School) – the Streetdance Spectacular!

With each group of pupils having only one streetdance workshop prior to the performance, this was an incredible demonstration of what can be done in such a short amount of time. The 136 participating pupils were absolutely fantastic, and led by the talented and highly-commended dancer Booma, they performed confidently and enthusiastically in front of a 300-strong audience.

The Garforth Academy Boys’ Dance Club were also on stage for the first time since the group began in September this year, performing a high-energy contemporary dance entitled Brixton Riot.

The Streetdance Spectacular was thoroughly enjoyed by all, and one pupil wrote: “it is the best thing I have ever done in my whole life!”

The night was also host to a Jools Holland style showcase of the talent already part of Arts Live, and was recorded by East Leeds FM. The Garforth Jazz Rock Band, Slania and the two Shiny Bands performed on stage alongside one another, and stunned the audience with the standard of their performances.

The night also saw the children’s’ Steel Pan group Panic Attack perform alongside the adult group Steel Crazy, with a chance for people to try out the pans themselves. This followed a Samba drumming workshop, and there was also a Streetdance workshop which was a huge success.