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CORONAVIRUS EMERGENCY: MUSIC APPEAL

The closure of churches, concert and rehearsal venues results in a total income loss for us of £10,000 each month. This comprises both cash donations and revenue generating events including our choir concerts, workshops and the Leeds International Organ Festival.

In response we are now asking for your urgent support. With your help we will be able to continue our full programme online with thousands of children each week. During the most challenging time of our recent history the need to nurture talent, raise aspirations and provide security and structure for our choir families and school communities is at its greatest – with your help we will not abandon the children we work with. 

‘This is truly excellent work, and your call for us to increase, not diminish, music, education, community and charity is so encouraging.’

Tom Daggett, St Paul’s Cathedral

OUR RESPONSE TO THE LOCKDOWN

With churches and schools closed, many providers have ‘furloughed’ their entire music staff. At a time when children desperately need these musical and educational skills our approach is different: to adapt and retrain all staff to work effectively in the new online medium. Our message is ‘business as usual’; providing stability and reassurance in these uncertain and distressing times.

‘He absolutely loved the rehearsal! I was so happy to see him sitting quietly, listening totally engaged and didn’t want it to finish! I think the online lessons will benefit everyone, not only the boys, we all need something to keep us going especially in this difficult time. We are so grateful that you can continue to teach the children. Even though he can’t go out, he is at least happy that he can still learn to sing with you and continue to see his choir friends.’

Choir Parent

BUSINESS AS USUAL

Using the combined creative and technological skills of a diverse musical team we have been delivering our full 18 after-school choirs, School Singing Programme and Keyboard Training Programmes online since 26th March. We must continue to inspire our young musicians and provide stability and reassurance for children and families in these uncertain and distressing times.
Whilst we are all confined to our homes our online work is providing children with all the mental health benefits of structured learning, keeping them busy and engaged with a sense of routine. Families are telling us it is also a great help to them as a whole.

TAKING A NATIONAL LEAD

On 2nd April Diocese of Leeds Music organised a webinar called ‘Practical Approaches to Choir Rehearsals Online’ to share what we had learnt with other organisations. The 50 attendees included Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, HM Chapel Royal Windsor, Christ Church Oxford and King’s College Cambridge as well as choir directors from a diverse range of schools and colleges. Find out more >>

WITH YOUR HELP WE CAN

Please consider texting CHURCH MUSIC to 70500 to contribute £5 to the Music Coronavirus Emergency Appeal.

Tune into ⁦@BBCRadio3⁩ tomorrow evening to hear our accordion tutor ⁦@valerie_barr⁩ playing in the ⁦@BBCPhilharmonic with ⁦@LudovicMorlot⁩, accompanying ⁦@SampsonCarolyn⁩ in a wonderful piece by Dutilleux. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0013jr4

Our Director of the Schools Singing Programme @thomas_leech - together with @StPaulsLondon OBE Organ Outreach Fellow @tom_daggett - spoke at the @_cathedralmusic conference today about access, partnerships and excellence growing from sustained foundations in church music.

Today at Leeds Cathedral
The Baptism of the Lord
𝟵.𝟭𝟱𝗮𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗖𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿)
𝟭𝟭𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀 / 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀)
Dilexisti, Gregorian
Missa Sancti Nicolai, Haydn
Asperges, Gregorian
Quem pastores laudavere, Praetorius
Ave verum corpus, Mozart

Huddersfield Youth Choirs with Bradford Catholic Youth Choir perform the sacred Christmas Carol Guadete, from Piae Cantiones. Arr. Keith Roberts.
A live recording from Huddersfield Town Hall, December 2021 as part of Kirklees Organ Concert Season.

https://youtu.be/WYf4DOXwCww

Thanks for featuring! We've loved hearing the other choirs in your digital Advent Calendar as well...🎶🎵🎵🎶

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The Diocese of Westminster has joined the National Schools Singing Programme, an initiative designed to enhance music programmes for children educated in Catholic state schools.In his message, Cardinal Vincent said,‘I thank the Hamish Ogston Foundation for giving young people in the Diocese of Westminster the opportunity to participate in the National Schools Singing Programme. 'Making music allows us to give joyful praise to God, reminding us that all beauty comes from God and takes us to God. Singing builds team work and makes us attentive to each other. I am sure it will help our young people to know the beauty and joy that music gives to our everyday lives.’Find out more about the NSSP at www.nssp.org.uk/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We are delighted to welcome David Grealy to the department as Assistant Cathedral Organist.After taking a first-class honours degree in music from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, he has held prestigious appointments at Westminster Cathedral, St Bartholomew's (Anglican) Church, Dublin, and St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. In 2017, he completed a master's in organ performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Cologne, and worked as a church musician in the Catholic Parish of St Peter & Paul, Ratingen.Before joining the Diocese of Leeds Music Department, David was based in Dublin, where he was in regular demand as a performer and accompanist.We look forward to a long and happy association with David! ... See MoreSee Less
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This Sunday at Leeds Cathedral (9th January):The Baptism of the Lord𝟵.𝟭𝟱𝗮𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗖𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿)𝟭𝟭𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀)Dilexisti, GregorianMissa Sancti Nicolai, HaydnAsperges, GregorianQuem pastores laudavere, PraetoriusAve verum corpus, Mozart ... See MoreSee Less
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Cathedral Organist David Pipe plays Messiaen’s wonderful La Nativité du Seigneur this Saturday at 7.15 pm in Leeds Cathedral. Free admission with a retiring collection to support Leeds International Organ Festival 2022! ... See MoreSee Less
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