The Diocese of Leeds has the largest church programme of choral music for young people in the United Kingdom. In total it maintains 55 choirs comprising some 2500 children meeting weekly. There are 43 school choirs, six boys' choirs, six girls' choirs, a groundbreaking new choir school and a semi-professional adult choir. more »
Thomas Leech, Director of the Schools Singing Programme, has received the 2015 Worshipful Company of Educators' Master's Award. The award, one of the company's annual prizes given for outstanding contributions to education, was presented by the Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland His Excellency Daniel Mulhall at the company's annual dinner in Vintners Hall. The company's Trust Fund presents awards 'to recognise excellence and innovation by educators' and Tom's work was cited for its 'inspirational leadership and vision'. He says 'I'm delighted to be honoured with this award, which of course reflects not only my work but that of our entire department – I have the pleasure of working with a team of fabulous colleagues and it's wonderful to have our work recognised in this way.
In the booklet to this CD of otherwise largely unavailable music, the composer Louis Andriessen remembers his father Hendrik (1892-1981). "Certainly due to his Catholic background, my father’s grand love for the French culture was of ultimate importance to his development as a
The Huddersfield Boys’ Choir are back in Yorkshire after a fabulous tour to Lancashire. They stayed for three days during which they sang at St Mary & St Michael's Church, Garstang and Cartmel Priory as well as enjoying a fabulous activity day at Winmarleigh Hall.
It was my great pleasure to work with the choirs of Leeds Cathedral during the beginning of I hope will become a long-term partnership and exchange between Notre Dame University and the Diocese of Leeds.
Benjamin Saunders has developed a magnificent