Since its launch in 2009, Leeds Cathedral Choir School has integrated choral music into the life of inner-city Holy Rosary and St Anne’s Catholic Primary School (HRSA), Chapeltown.  Our vision of a 21st Century choir school sees every child taught to sing as a part of the core curriculum, with school choirs contributing to the choral activities of the neighbouring Holy Rosary Church and Leeds Cathedral.

Ten years into the project, under the leadership of Choral Director Sally Egan, the Choir School is thriving. Weekly singing sessions are provided throughout the school, from nursery to year six, leading to participation in the school’s outstanding choral groups, which include the Senior Choir, Training Choir and Gospel Choir; all of whom perform regularly in and out of school. Children gain musical skills far beyond those required in ordinary school choirs; many continue to pursue music at secondary school and through extra-curricular opportunities.

The country’s renowned choral heritage now has a home within one of the most disadvantaged areas of West Yorkshire (top 3% of deprivation nationally, IMD 2015), with income, employment, health and crime indicators particularly challenging.  For many of the pupils – with 92% from immigrant and BME families – English is an additional language.  The power of song embraces the 30+ languages spoken by pupils, with the children performing in English, Latin, Congolese, French, Greek, Igbo, Mandarin, Polish, Spanish and Zulu. This project is celebrated for its ability to break down the cultural barriers surrounding choral singing; uniting and positively impacting on the local community.

Click here for the Choir School Brochure.

For more information on the project please visit the Choir School Website or Facebook page.

‘I feel like I’m in a magical beautiful place; I can express myself when I’m singing, if we didn’t sing school would just feel like nothing…It would be like a blank piece of paper.’ Year 5 student

Only THREE weeks to go @rowan_lilia before you get to sing at these AMAZING places!!!! You are one very lucky 13 yr old! @thomas_leech @alexanderbkyle @DOLMusic 🎶🎼🎵 #rome #bcyctour #stpeters #stpaulswithoutwalls #santamariamaggiore #venerableenglishcollege

Donated..can I encourage others to do so? @DOLMusic, partners of @GabrieliCandP ROAR, do wonderful work with young people, many of them quite disadvantaged. A great cause. https://t.co/DuaCrii6B6

@RowganC @rowan_lilia @thomas_leech @alexanderbkyle @DOLMusic Just supported this ...I hope others do !

@thomas_leech @DOLMusic Abs fab to hear such amazing progress. @DOLMusic is a REAL education project, culturally diverse, working from grass roots, and about training up to a high level. No short cuts!

Started today with an hour with Y5 and 6 in St Philip's Middleton, part of Leeds with extremely high levels of multiple deprivation...that weekly work for @dolmusic is as rewarding and even more important than the glorious polyphony the cathedral choir sings daily...

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Today at Leeds Cathedral:

5.10pm Vespers (Girls, Scholars and UTEP Chamber Choir)
Magnificat octavi toni, Morales

5.30 pm Mass (Scholars and UTEP Chamber Choir)
Missa IX, Gregorian
Exultate justi, Viadana
Locus iste, Bruckner
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Wonderful music this evening as the Choir and Trombone Quartet of the University of Texas at El Paso joined the Leeds Cathedral Boys Choir for Mass ... See MoreSee Less

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Today at Leeds Cathedral:

5.30 pm Mass (Boys and UTEP Chamber Choir)
Missa XI, Gregorian; Coronation Mass, Mozart (S)
Ubi caritas et amor, Duruflé
Agnus Dei, Mozart
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A stunning concert of Renaissance Masterpieces sung by the Cathedral Choirs and the Chamber Singers and Trombone Quartet of the University of Texas at El Paso at St Wilfrid's Church in Ripon. ... See MoreSee Less

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The second features the senior boys' and girls' choirs of Bradford Catholic Youth Choir as they prepare for their tour to Rome.
This is at St Walburga's Church, Shipley, 4pm
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