The Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme is recognised as the UK’s leading Catholic singing provision, reaching around 4,500 children across the Diocese every week. Music, and singing in particular, enhances learning; improving mental and physical well-being, building cohesion and, as shown by recent academic studies, contributing to learning development in areas across the curriculum. Our sessions follow a rich and broad curriculum, offering the best in sacred and secular songs, all of which are carefully chosen to develop the children’s vocal and musical development and feed into school collective worship and Masses. Lessons include exciting warm-ups and games and are led by our educationally-expert Choral Directors.  To provide further opportunity, the programme runs a superb range of after-school choirs, including the choirs of Leeds Cathedral, Bradford Catholic Youth Choir, Huddersfield Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs, Bishop Konstant Youth Choirs, St Maximillian Kolbe Children’s Choir and Calderdale Catholic Schools Choir. 

The Organists’ Training Programme was set up in May 2016, in partnership with the Royal College of Organists and through a generous grant from The Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation. The Programme now numbers some sixty young students across the Diocese, with teaching centres in Bradford, Harrogate, Huddersfield, Keighley, Leeds and Wakefield. Former students have gone on to study Music at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Yesterday Director of the Schools Singing Programme, @thomas_leech, led our first online choir rehearsal...brilliant to see our Cathedral Senior Girls' Choir singing, laughing and really engaged with the experiment. Full rehearsal programme launches on Monday!

The 11am Sunday Mass from Leeds Cathedral will be live-streamed each week whilst the celebration of public Masses is suspended. To participate online, please visit the new YouTube channel: http://www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk

Find out more: https://www.dioceseofleeds.org.uk/

Due to the increasing seriousness of the Covid-19 outbreak and public health guidance to avoid inessential contact we are suspending all of the Diocese's choirs with immediate effect. This includes all scheduled rehearsals and liturgies.

An exciting month of #ConductorTraining coming up at abcd! Find out more & book: http://abcd.org.uk/events

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My voice is changing right now so I’m in this range where I can sing quite high or low, so I can either sing treble or tenor right now! When I sing it gives me more confidence in school and everywhere. The whole choir feels like a community and you get to meet lots of new people as well. My favourite pieces are some of the Glorias, I also like singing in other languages. 13 years old, Leeds Cathedral Senior Boys Choir ... See MoreSee Less

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Today at Leeds Cathedral:

9.30 am Mass (Cantor)

11 am Solemn Mass (Boys)
Missa in Honorem SS Cordis, Andriessen
Hodie & This little babe, Britten
Deo gratias, Britten
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I feel happy because it just lets all your emotions out. I like singing. My favourite thing about choir is singing, and I’m really excited for the BBC broadcast. We’ve been rehearsing for it since September, since we came back from the holidays. If you feel nervous about singing imagine it’s only you in the room and you’re singing to yourself. When I joined I was really nervous, but my sister was in the choir (she’s in Seniors now) and she helped me to sing. 10 years old, Bradford Junior Choir ... See MoreSee Less

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An excellent BBC rehearsal this afternoon for Bradford Catholic Youth Choir...tune in tomorrow at 10am! ... See MoreSee Less

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