July 3rd, 2015 - New CD of Andriessen Organ Works by Benjamin Saunders
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 composer… It comes as no surprise that he preferred French Romantic organs... My father criticised German Romanticism: “They composed in excitement or intoxication, throwing masses of tears around.” And so on. He could be sharp, but he was also very elegant and witty. He was a beloved man, as a father, as a teacher, and as an organist. His improvisations in the Cathedral after the High Mass were renowned. People were known to rush from their (Protestant) churches to the Cathedral to hear him play.
June 9th,2015- Huddersfield Boys’ Choir Tour to Lancashire
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.
June 3rd,2015- Post of Director of Organ School and Organist of Leeds Cathedral
The Diocese of Leeds in partnership with The Royal College of Organists wishes to appoint a Director of the Organ School and Cathedral Organist from September 2015. This is a new full time post.
The Diocese of Leeds has the largest church music programme in the United Kingdom. In
March 30th,2015- Mark Doerries of Notre Dame University visits the Music Programme
Dr Mark Doerries writes:
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
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