Japjisingh Valecha, BA Music
Born and brought up in India, I started learning Indian Classical music around the age of 5. My switch to Western classical music began around the age of 11 when I first began taking formal piano lessons. Shortly afterwards, I became the Assistant Music Director of my school’s choir, giving public performances on a regular basis, a role that I proudly held for six years.
I have scored music for two short films and have a deep interest in music production. These interests are ones that I have been able to continue to explore during my time at the University of Leeds. Both the School of Music and the University provide a vast array of interesting modules that have allowed me to continue my passions, but also explore new areas, enabling me to develop into a more well-rounded musician. I have the opportunity to study performance, film scoring and music technology simultaneously, which is both highly engaging and extremely exciting.
In addition to my academic work, I have been involved in a number of different societies. As a member of Backstage Society, I have worked on the production teams of various shows for a whole host of societies, though mainly as a sound designer for several musicals, which has taught me a lot about managing sound in a live scenario. I have also worked as a rehearsal pianist and band member for several musicals produced by both Music Theatre (MT) and Stage Musicals Society (SMS), which has been an extremely stimulating experience and has opened me up to the ins and outs of producing shows. In addition, I have recently become a member of the Music Society (LUUMS) which has proved to be yet another exciting adventure!