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

🎶 Join Lucy H., our Cathedral Choral Director, to shake like a wet dog and wave to your imaginary friend! Learn about Hans Christian Anderson, the Pacific region of Polynesia and how to sing a round. 🎶
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1CWpdXZA-ws&t=113s

Super singing from our Bradford Girls meeting for their second in person rehearsal since March. Regular rehearsals are still online, delighted to hear standards maintained!
Pupils from @sbsjcc @StMarysMenston @HolyFamilyDrama @csptsa @CatholicEdLeeds @CathEdService #candomusic

And in a busy day for our choirs, Bradford Catholic Girls' Choir rehearsed (in person! hooray!) this afternoon...here's a snippet of what they were up to...

The Cathedral Junior Boys' Choir met in person for the first time since March this afternoon - so lovely to see them all. The high standard that our choirs are returning at is testament to the excellent skill and hard work our team brought to zoom and YouTube sessions 🎶🎵🎶

12 members of Bradford Catholic Boys Choir sang Mozart, Casciolini and the Gregorian Missa Cum Jubilo at St Joseph's Church, Bradford this morning. We are enormously proud of our choristers for rising to the challenge of singing in limited numbers, two metres apart!

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10 months ago

Diocese of Leeds Music

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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10 months ago

Diocese of Leeds Music

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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10 months ago

Diocese of Leeds Music

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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