The Keyboard Studies Programme was founded in 2016, with David Pipe (previously Assistant Director of Music at York Minster) appointed as its first Director. The Programme was launched to provide high-quality organ and piano tuition across the Diocese to choristers, school pupils and adult learners. With a national decline in students learning the organ, the programme aims to reintroduce this instrument steeped in tradition to students of all backgrounds, teaching them valuable musical skills and opening doors to opportunities in further education, and skills in choral direction and accompaniment. There are currently five instrumental teachers in post, providing tuition in a family of related keyboard instruments (organ, accordion and piano).

The Hamish Ogston Foundation is providing £750,650 over five years to expand the Keyboard Studies Programme within the Diocese of Leeds.  The programme comprises of four elements:

1) Establishing the largest and highest-quality teaching school in the UK for the classical accordion.  This instrument is widely taught in Europe and Asia to give children the independence of a portable instrument and has been used successfully in the UK in many rural primary schools to learn the basics, as a transition to larger keyboard instruments and, ultimately, to inspire some young people to progress to learning to play the piano and even organ;

2) Establishing the largest and highest-quality teaching school in the UK for the melodica. This small air-powered keyboard instrument offers one of the most comprehensive introductions to keyboard studies, following the Japanese model where every primary school child is taught the basics of keyboard playing;

3) Developing three bespoke tutor books for organ, accordion and melodica, to support the teaching and learning of the young students; and

4) Capital contributions to facilitate the installation of 2 pipe organs; the purchase of 3 electronic practice organs; refurbishment of 4 upright pianos and the purchase of 16 classical accordions.

It is our aspiration that the programme will support children from the UK to study at top international universities or conservatoires, furnishing them with the foundations to be skilful, multi-talented individuals within the music profession.

For more information on the Keyboard Studies Programme or to be added to the lessons waiting list please contact:
office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk / 0113 244 8634

‘Taking part in the Keyboard Studies Programme has proven extremely valuable to my musical development. I was able to become an Organ Scholar at Bolton Abbey, where I learnt more about sacred music, and had the opportunity to develop my conducting and accompanying skills. These skills were honed further during my time at New College, Oxford, as I helped to run the College’s un-auditioned choir, The Holywell Singers. I have no doubt that the Programme helped my application to Oxford (such as by giving me experience in score-reading of multiple staves), and this has been the most influential period of my life so far. Hopefully the Programme can continue to offer such opportunities for other state-schoolers!’

Theo (New College, Oxford)

‘Being a part of the Diocese of Leeds Keyboard Studies Programme has been a really enjoyable and useful experience. It has transformed me as a player: my keyboard skills have come a long way since working with the Programme, whether that be figured bass or using the pedals. Being a part of the Programme has significantly developed my musicianship overall. I now have a far greater understanding of realising and working out harmonies, voicing and imitation, and of how music works in different genres and styles. The Programme has deepened my interest in choral and organ music, but crucially, my knowledge of how keyboard instruments work and how to use them in composing music has been augmented thanks to the teaching on the Diocese of Leeds Keyboard Studies Programme.’

Jago, 17 years old

 

‘Learning the organ is helping with my academic work as it develops my ability to multi-task. I have an aspiration to achieve Grade 8, and in the future, I would like to be the regular organist at my church, as others before me who received tuition through the Diocese of Leeds Keyboard Studies Programme have done. The organ is something I would like to continue to play at university and beyond. I enjoy hearing the sound it makes and the impact it can have in a room.  I also enjoy the challenge of having to use two manuals or more and using the pedals at the same time. I thoroughly enjoy my weekly organ lessons with Mr Pipe and also the chance to play in front of a congregation or audience.’

Florence, 13 years old 

‘My experiences with the Bradford Boys Choir and the Keyboard Studies Programme have shaped me as a person. Growing up in inner-city Bradford, the choir and organ lessons gave me the confidence to fulfil my potential. From singing weekly Vespers at the local church to performing on TV in front of millions, each experience has proven invaluable in my life journey, and I have continually drawn on the lessons of resilience I learnt in the Diocese of Leeds during my studies at the University of Oxford. I would like to thank all the Choral Directors and instrumental tutors for their tireless work over the years, and for helping me to develop a love for Classical music.’

Joshua (Mansfield College, Oxford)

All Souls' at Leeds Cathedral
Tuesday 2nd November
𝟱.𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀' 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀)
Requiem, Duruflé

All Saints' at Leeds Cathedral
Sunday 31st October
𝟵.𝟭𝟱𝗮𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗖𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿)
𝟭𝟭𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀' 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀)
Gaudeamus, Gregorian
Messe Solennelle, Vierne
Jubilate Deo a8, Gabrieli
Allegro risoluto, Vierne

Here's some lovely feedback just in from a school's music lead in Leeds (1/3):
'I cannot compliment your Choral Director enough; The children are so excited when they come in on a Wednesday morning for the lessons and are bouncing off the walls after.

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Internationally acclaimed accordionist Valerie Barr joined our Keyboard Studies Programme team in September, rolling out accordion teaching and our brand new whole class melodica programme. "𝘐 𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘴𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢 𝘴𝘶𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮 𝘰𝘧 𝘰𝘶𝘵𝘴𝘵𝘢𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘴. 𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦 𝘪𝘴 𝘢𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘴𝘤𝘰𝘱𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘪𝘥𝘦𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘨𝘦𝘯𝘦𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘣𝘶𝘻𝘻 𝘸𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘪𝘯𝘥𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘶𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘰𝘭𝘭𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘳𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘷𝘦 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬. 𝘉𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩 𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘶𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘢 𝘫𝘰𝘺 𝘴𝘰 𝘧𝘢𝘳." ... See MoreSee Less
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All Saints' and All Souls' at Leeds CathedralSunday 31st October (All Saints')𝟵.𝟭𝟱𝗮𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗖𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿)𝟭𝟭𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀' 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀)Gaudeamus, GregorianMesse Solennelle, VierneJubilate Deo a8, GabrieliOrgan: Allegro risoluto (Symphony 2), VierneTuesday 2nd November (All Souls')𝟱.𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀' 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗿𝗮𝗹 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀)Requiem, Duruflé ... See MoreSee Less
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Back in September, five new full time staff joined our team as we expanded our provision in schools across the Diocese, we're so delighted to have them on board! Will is one of our new Choral Directors, working with schools and choirs in Leeds, Harrogate and Ripon."𝘖𝘯 𝘮𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘥𝘢𝘺 𝘸𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘪𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴, 𝘐 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘪𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘭𝘺 𝘸𝘦𝘭𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘦𝘥 𝘪𝘯𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘪𝘳 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘳-𝘨𝘳𝘰𝘸𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘧𝘢𝘮𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘰𝘧 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘴, 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘴𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘴 𝘢 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘰𝘯 𝘨𝘰𝘢𝘭 𝘰𝘧 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘷𝘪𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘩𝘪𝘨𝘩-𝘲𝘶𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘵𝘰 𝘴𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘴 𝘢𝘤𝘳𝘰𝘴𝘴 𝘠𝘰𝘳𝘬𝘴𝘩𝘪𝘳𝘦. 𝘔𝘺 𝘧𝘪𝘳𝘴𝘵 𝘩𝘢𝘭𝘧-𝘵𝘦𝘳𝘮 — 𝘸𝘩𝘪𝘤𝘩 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘯𝘴𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘦𝘥 𝘰𝘧 𝘭𝘦𝘢𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘰𝘭 𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘴𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘴 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘦𝘹𝘵𝘳𝘢-𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘪𝘤𝘶𝘭𝘢𝘳 𝘤𝘩𝘰𝘪𝘳𝘴 — 𝘩𝘢𝘴 𝘣𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘳𝘦𝘸𝘢𝘳𝘥𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘰𝘵𝘩 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘧𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘴𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺, 𝘥𝘶𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘮𝘺 𝘵𝘦𝘢𝘮'𝘴 𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘪𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘦𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯 𝘱𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘴 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘤𝘩𝘪𝘦𝘷𝘦. 𝘐 𝘸𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘸𝘩𝘰𝘭𝘦𝘩𝘦𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘦𝘥𝘭𝘺 𝘳𝘦𝘤𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘋𝘪𝘰𝘤𝘦𝘴𝘦 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘦𝘦𝘥𝘴 𝘔𝘶𝘴𝘪𝘤 𝘋𝘦𝘱𝘢𝘳𝘵𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘺𝘰𝘯𝘦 𝘤𝘶𝘳𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘭𝘺 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘯𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘰𝘧 𝘫𝘰𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘶𝘴: 𝘪𝘵 𝘪𝘴 𝘢 𝘥𝘢𝘪𝘭𝘺 𝘱𝘳𝘪𝘷𝘪𝘭𝘦𝘨𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘥𝘪𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘦𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘷𝘰𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘦𝘥𝘶𝘤𝘢𝘵𝘪𝘰𝘯𝘢𝘭 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘴𝘰𝘤𝘪𝘢𝘭 𝘥𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘭𝘰𝘱𝘮𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘨 𝘱𝘦𝘰𝘱𝘭𝘦.” ... See MoreSee Less
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As we get to half-term, a huge thank you to all our colleagues; they've worked so hard in schools, with keyboard pupils and with choirs so far this term, and well done to all our choir members too!Here's some lovely feedback just in from a school's music lead in Leeds:'I cannot compliment your Choral Director enough; The children are so excited when they come in on a Wednesday morning for the lessons and are bouncing off the walls after. They sing beautifully (so beautifully, I have decided to start a school choir to help compliment the teaching) but they improve their confidence which is an immeasurable thing for a young child. We recently had a parents evening and most of the parents mentioned to me their child's love for singing, this has never happened to me before at any school and I know it is down to your singing sessions.'Happy half-term! 🎶🎵🎵🎶 ... See MoreSee Less
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Today at Leeds Cathedral:𝟭𝟬𝗮𝗺 𝗚𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗦𝗵𝗲𝗽𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗱 𝗦𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗶𝗰𝗲with school groups from the Schools Singing Programme𝟱.𝟯𝟬𝗽𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗦𝗲𝗻𝗶𝗼𝗿 𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀' 𝗖𝗵𝗼𝗶𝗿)Qui habitas, GregorianMissa XVI, GregorianTerra tremuit, BárdosAnima Christi, Frisina ... See MoreSee Less
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