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May 7th, 2009 - Association British Choral Directors
Association British Choral Directors

Writing in MasterSinger, the magazine of the Association of British Choral Directors, Christopher Johns states:

"Until I saw my present job advertised, I was completely ignorant of the existence of the Diocese of Leeds and certainly had not heard anything about any musical activity it might be home to. That was in February 2006 and when I joined the department the following October I was one of three full-time musicians. Two and a half years on, there are seven of us on the staff (not including the Cathedral Organ Scholar and 18 Choral Scholars) and it's been a while since anyone's responded ‘Oh, does Leeds have a cathedral?' when I've told them where I work.

One of the delights of being part of a large team is the ability to draw on colleagues' experience and areas of expertise in the development of our individual areas of responsibility. With each of us being so busy with our own projects, it would be easy to let this fall by the wayside and it is usually in quick ten-minute chats driving from one school to the next (thank goodness for hands-free headsets!) or impromptu trips to one of Bradford's many fine curry houses after a boys' choir rehearsal that we take time out to talk over ideas. Precisely which of these are put into practice and in which order is difficult to predict, but I take it as the sign of a healthy department that we are limited only by the number of hours in the day and not by lack of inspiration."

The full article can be found here.


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