Carol Leeming MBE is thrilled she is now working full time from August 2019, as Resident Assistant Director at the excellent iconic Curve Theatre Leicester. Her first project is to assist acclaimed Curve Artistic Director Nikolai Foster with My Beautiful Laundrette by Hand Kureshi https://www.curveonline.co.uk/whats-on/shows/my-beautiful-laundrette/
This eagerly anticipated production is set to open at Curve late September Fri 20th to run to Sat October 5th 2019 and tour thereafter. This play has a stunning cast of actors, creative team, and specially created music from the Pet Shop Boys. A new stage in theatre for Carol begins with a great start, as part of a wonderful team at Curve. See more information link here scroll to end of page for podcast Carol Leeming MBE New Resident Assistant Director Curve Theatre Leicester
Carol Leeming MBE visited London recently, and took part as a Judge on a Panel, alongside Chair Nikolai Foster Artistic Director Curve, with other highly esteemed colleagues, from across theatre, to select a Director, for the The Royal Theatrical Society Support Trust, Sir Peter Hall Director Award. This proved to be a truly inspirational, fascinating and rewarding experience. For further information visit:
Carol Leeming MBE FRSA, has now successfully completed a consultancy, for LeicesterShire Music Hub (LMEH) that took place during April May 2019. Carol produced and submitted a final written Report to Leicester-shire Cultural Diversity Music Education and presented this report to the Executive and LSMS Staff.
Overall, the consultancy met its objectives, to promote awareness of LMEH and its work, to recruit BAME and Culturally Diverse Music Educators and Makers in Leicester City to engage with LMEH. With a view to establishing a Network to address issues faced by the participants in the consultation. Importantly also to recruit BAMe & culturally Diverse key participants to become members of the LMEH BAME & Culturally Diverse Music Education Network in Leicester, and to register their interest for governance roles within LMEH going forward.
This marks a new chapter for all parties concerned, there is much excitement and enthusiasm for the first LMEH BAME & Culturally Diverse Network meeting scheduled for this October 2019 in Leicester City. With further meetings planned by LMEH with De Montfort University and Leicester City Council, to explore the possibility for LMEH to have a base/presence in the city.
Carol Leeming MBE FRSA, Director of Dare to Diva, was appointed by Leicester/shire Music Education Hub (LMEH) in February 2019 , as Consultant and began work in March through April 2019. Carrying out consultation, with key people, musicians, tutors , academies, music project workers, etc. who are engaged primarily in Culturally Diverse Music Education, in the community in the city of Leicester.
For this work, Carol is using the framework of the Arts Council England Creative Case for Diversity, with a view to a finding out about, current Culturally Diverse music making/education activities in the community, to identify the specific issues they may face in community settings, and cases of best practice. To also find out the level of awareness, of these key workers, groups organizations etc, as to the role and function of Leicester/shire Music Education Hub.
This will help begin a process to build trust, to encourage their attendance at a city wide consultation event in May 2019, to further gather information, to establish a meaningful dialogue with LMEH. As to the best ways for further engagement with LMEH, to explore how best to identify new voices e.g. to create a Culturally Diverse Music Network for the city and recruit new voices/representatives to the LMEH organization. After this event a final report will be prepared by Carol and submitted to LMEH for their further consideration. Thereby, hopefully initiating a new exciting chapter with regard to addressing overall Culturally Diverse Music Education in Leicester city. Leicester-Shire Music Hub https://leicestershiremusichub.org/about-us
Momentous news!! Carol Leeming MBE later this year will be Resident Assistant Director at Curve Theatre Leicester . To find out more about this exciting new appointment at an iconic successful theatre, in the heart of the Midlands producing thrilling new shows that tour nationally, the West End London, and internationally. See below Curve Website link to the latest article and lively podcast below.
Carol Leeming was accompanied by close family and friends as guests and was thrilled to receive her MBE Award for services to arts and culture in Leicester, as poet and playwright, from HRH Prince Charles at Buckingham Palace March 7th 2019. Traveling from Leicester that morning, for the Investiture Ceremony held in the Grand Ballroom of Buckingham Palace, it proved to be a rare and wonderful insight, into tradition and ceremony. This important occasion provided, a unique opportunity also to meet and network with other recipients, from arts media and entertainment. After the hour long ceremony Carol ad her party made their way to Soho for a Lunch celebration, followed by sight seeing around Soho Covent Garden and West End.
After the maelstrom of excitement, the delight for polymath Carol Leeming, being made MBE in the New Years Honours list 2019 . Carol Leeming is also made Alumna of the Month 2019 at De Montfort University Leicester. The last few years have seen Carol receive several of prestigous awards and accolades for her work in arts and culture. Carol herself plans to continue to pursue excellence, and importantly inspire other to achieve their best, regardless e.g. of their backgrounds.
A strong advocate for lifelong learning, equalities and for diversity to be at the core of excellence in 21st century arts an culture. Carol says” I did not have the best of starts in my life, there was definitely no linear plan. I cherished a long held dream, then focused my keen curiosity, innate talents and gifts, to learning to excel. Equally important are the key people you encounter, who see something in you, crucially are willing to give you a chance, support and champion you on your journey. Finally, much is learnt from what doesn’t actually work, as well as what does work and is successful”. Read De Montfort University Article link below: