Liturgical Music at the Cathedral

The Cathedral has five dedicated choirs which perform in rotation, singing at a total of eight services each week. Vespers and Mass are sung every weekday (except Friday) alongside the principal Sunday services.

For details of the repertoire sung at services click here to view our music list.

Monday

5.30pm Mass  Boys Choir

Tuesday

5.10pm Vespers  Girls’ and Scholars’ Choirs
5.30pm Mass  Scholars’ Choir

Wednesday

5.10pm Vespers  Boys’ and Scholars’ Choirs
5.30pm Mass  Scholars’ Choir

Thursday

5.30pm Mass  Girls’ Choir

Sunday

9.30am Mass  Junior Boys’ or Girls’ Choir or solo cantor
11.00am Mass  Senior Boys’ or Girls’ and Scholars’ Choirs

Leeds Cathedral Choirs

The Choirs of Leeds Cathedral draw their membership exclusively from inner-city Leeds state schools with children recruited through our weekly Schools Singing Programme sessions. The children and young people within our choirs reflect the diversity of our city with over 50% of the 158 children singing at the Cathedral from a black and minority ethnic heritage.

Children’s Choir 

Formed in September 2014 this choir consists of children aged between 5-9, many of whom later graduate to the Junior Cathedral Boys’ or Girls’ Choir. Children’s Choir members are selected from primary schools in our Schools Singing Programme, while other children audition from outside. Membership of the choir offers children the opportunity to develop their musical and vocal skills, make new friends with similar interests, and perform to a high standard. They sing a varied repertoire of sacred and secular music and have already been heard on CD.

Junior Choirs

The Junior Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs consist of around 60 children aged between 6-11 who have been recruited through the Schools Singing Programme and Cathedral Children’s Choir. These choirs provide opportunities to meet like-minded children and current members are drawn from 15 different state primary schools across Leeds. The choirs have appeared on the BBC’s Songs of Praise and Midnight Mass from Leeds Cathedral and have been heard on on BBC Radio 2 and 4 including Sunday Worship and the Daily Service.

Senior Choirs

Members of the Senior Choirs aged between 11-16 sing weekly services at the Cathedral and regularly perform in prestigious venues including Leeds Town Hall and the Clothworkers Concert Hall. They have broadcast nationally many times on BBC Television and Radio to considerable critical acclaim and have recorded Duruflé and Arvo Pärt’s complete choral works with the Brilliant Classics label. The repertoire of these choirs is centred on Medieval Chant and Renaissance Polyphony, with the choristers fluent in reading both modern and Gregorian notation.

Scholars’ Choir

The Scholars’ Choir – acknowledged as one of the finest in the country – has 25 members comprising School Scholars, aged 12-18, and University Student Choral Scholars. The choir sings cathedral services every Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday during term time and performs regularly in BBC broadcasts, concerts and recordings; most recently the Choir broadcast BBC Radio 3’s Choral Vespers (February 2019). This choir provides  opportunities to develop a range of professional-level performance skills and supports members with preparation for music exams and university and conservatoire auditions and recitals.

Click here for more information on our Cathedral Scholarships.

Members of our Cathedral choirs are drawn from Schools Singing Programme sessions within local schools. If our team of Choral Directors do not visit your child’s school and they are interested in joining one of our choirs, please contact us at office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk or    0113 244 8634 to arrange an audition. 

After brilliant boys and young t/b rehearsals yesterday, we had the Junior and Senior Girls Choirs back at the cathedral - a really free sound with so much potential! Massive thanks to @MulofVoyCIC for their Upper Voices anthology...we sang Panufnik and Boulanger 🎶🎵🎵🎶

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Our Director and Assistant Director of the Schools Singing Programme @thomas_leech and @charlottemezzo shared their huge experience and insights at @abcdtweets Choral Leaders Festival earlier today - how to max out the impact of starters, warm-ups and transition songs...

Absolutely blown away by @DOLMusic on @BBCLeeds my two children are featured in the Ave Maria later on. But the other choirs sound incredible and it’s being heard nationwide on local radio. V proud

On the Feast of the Assumption the BBC local radio Sunday Service comes from Leeds Cathedral and Schools Singing Programme, including @bcw_cat Bradford Catholic Youth Choir and two of the cathedral choirs - including pupils from @CHCHSLeeds and @notredamecoll @ThinkNotreDame

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We've had a lovely week with staff training and our choirs starting to return. Yesterday we had a great start with the Cathedral Boys Choir and our tenor and bass Schools Scholars. Today the Junior and Senior Girls Choirs returned - we are SO grateful to Multitude of Voyces for the amazing donation of their Upper Voices anthology, thank you! We read through some beautiful music by Roxanna Panufnik and Lili Boulanger 🎶🎵🎵🎶 ... See MoreSee Less
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