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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.

A recording we made a few weeks back after only returning to physical rehearsals a few weeks before that! All singers masked and distances by atleast 2m….

https://youtu.be/rXxRXenO_W8

An excellent week of rehearsals this week with @DOLMusic Choirs in Huddersfield! No amount of restriction will deter these individuals from producing top class choral music!

5 days left to apply to join The Twelve!

They're looking for Catholic young people in the @DioecesisLoiden ages 11-18 (high school or college age) to join their team!

Application Deadline: Sunday 20th June!

To apply, please email Ryan Wilkinson at: youth@dioceseofleeds.org.uk

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You can catch up with our very own @DCJPipeOrganist's @LeedsTownHall recital here - be sure to check out the @LeedsIOF series too!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOKQSm4YQ4o

🎵🎶Bradford Catholic Youth Choir is recruiting! 🎶🎵
Join our family of fantastic choirs for children in Y3 and above. Come along to a rehearsal at St Walburga's Church (Shipley) after half term and try it out! Get in touch via https://www.dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk for more details!

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Last Tuesday we were honoured to host a webinar with Judith Weir CBE and Richard Mantle OBE. We were delighted that so many of you were able to join us live but for those of you who missed it, you'll be able to catch up from tomorrow! The webinar recording will be released tomorrow at 7pm on lioflive.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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The Director of our Schools Singing Programme, Thomas Leech, is stepping out of his normal choral territory this afternoon to give a live-streamed recital for Leeds International Organ Festival. Featuring Whitlock's beautifully elegaic Fantasie Choral and Duruflé's Suite op. 5, with its brooding Prélude, ethereal Sicilienne and virtuosic Toccata, you can catch it on the LIOF YouTube channel at 1.15pm today!www.youtube.com/watch?v=gvWo-aC6C4k ... See MoreSee Less
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