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March 14th, 2007 - Girls' Choir Festival


Saturday saw the Yorkshire Cathedral Girls' Choirs' festival, which this year took place at Leeds Parish Church. Formed in 1998 by Louise Marsh of Wakefield Cathedral, the festival involves the Girl choristers and men from the Cathedrals of Ripon, Sheffield, Wakefield, Bradford, Leeds, York Minster and Leeds Parish Church. They come together annually to sing Evensong in one of the host institutions.

Music for this years service included William Mathias (Jesus College Service) and Sir Edward Elgar (Great is the Lord.) The choirs were directed by David Houlder, Sub Organist & Director of the Girls' Choir at Leeds Parish Church and accompanied on the organ by Dr Simon Lindley who performed the Elgar organ sonata after the service.

The girls choir at Leeds is the only Roman Catholic choir that participates in this festival, so it gives the choir the opportunity to learn repertoire that we wouldn't usually sing at the Cathedral!



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