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

Fabulous! We're so glad you enjoyed having our lovely visitors @blairschool with you - great to hear Mr Lee's excellent work too! 🎶🎵🎵🎶

Episode 1 of Pipe Up! is out now. Valerie Barr, our accomplished Accordion Tutor, offers insights into the accordion scene in the UK and internationally, as well as giving some lovely demonstrations of the accordion’s distinctive musical features.

What a wonderful morning we’ve had working with the amazing students & staff from Vanderbilt’s @blairschool 🎶 🌟 Truly inspirational 🎶🌟 @DOLMusic

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Diocese of Leeds Music
We've had a great time over the last three Sundays at 'Lead the Singing', a series of choral workshops for parish musicians in the Diocese of Leeds. Thanks to everyone who took part and raised the roof in the Cathedral this afternoon! ... See MoreSee Less
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Diocese of Leeds Music
Bradford Catholic Boys Choir sang brilliantly at St Joseph's Church this morning, before heading to Laserquest in the afternoon! What a fun day for our choristers! ... See MoreSee Less
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Diocese of Leeds Music
This week's sung services at Leeds Cathedral. We're delighted to welcome our visitors from Vanderbilt University to sing with the Cathedral Boys and Scholars this morning. In addition, Bradford Catholic Boys' Choir are singing for Mass at St Joseph's Church, Bradford, this morning (10am) and Huddersfield Junior Choir are singing for Mass at St Patrick's Church, Huddersfield, at 11.30am. ... See MoreSee Less
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Episode 1 of Pipe Up! is out now. Valerie Barr, our accomplished Accordion Tutor, offers insights into the accordion scene in the UK and internationally, as well as giving some lovely demonstrations of the accordion’s distinctive musical features.This year’s first Festival podcast goes live at 12 noon, featuring the wonderful Valerie Barr chatting with David Pipe about her work as an accordionist.Do tune in: anchor.fm/leedsiof/episodes/Valerie-Barr-e1ipg8k ... See MoreSee Less
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We’re looking forward to David Grealy’s improvisation masterclass in Leeds Cathedral tomorrow at 6:30 pm. Observers are very welcome and admission is free. ... See MoreSee Less
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