Christmas Masses 2021

A number of Masses in the Diocese will be sung by choirs of the Schools Singing Programme on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Details are as follows:   Leeds Cathedral   24 December: 4.00 p.m. (Sung Mass of Christmas); 6.00 p.m. (Sung Mass of Christmas) 24...

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National Schools Singing Programme Launch

National Schools Singing Programme Launch

Thanks to funding from The Hamish Ogston Foundation, Diocese of Leeds Music is delighted to announce that it is now expanding its award-winning Schools Singing Programme across Yorkshire and replicating it in every Catholic diocese in the UK to create the National...

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Carols at Home

Carols at Home

Following the success of our Summer 'Hymns at Home' event, our team of Choral Directors are now working on the Christmas equivalent, 'Carols at Home'. Many of us will be missing our traditional carol services this year, an essential part of the Christmas season, so...

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Choral continuation: Singing through a pandemic

Choral continuation: Singing through a pandemic

Our Director of the Schools Singing Programme Tom Leech writes for the Incorporated Society of Musicians blog – how we will not let the pandemic destroy the musical futures of the children we work with and how we must not let choral/classical music become even more unequal. There’s still so much to do, and it is under such threat.

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Hymns at Home: One Diocese, Many Voices

Hymns at Home: One Diocese, Many Voices

On Sunday 12th July at 3pm we will be releasing a video broadcast across our YouTube channels featuring new recordings created in lockdown, and prayers and reflections from the Bishop and clergy. Sing together with the Choirs and community of the Diocese of Leeds in prayer and praise.

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Moving the Organists’ Training Programme online

Moving the Organists’ Training Programme online

The global pandemic has made all instrumental teachers drastically rethink the ways in which they can deliver high-quality, engaging teaching. In the Diocese of Leeds, we had to respond quickly to the enforced lockdown and consequent closure of schools: how could the many children within our Organists’ Training  Programme remain engaged, focussed and musically stimulated?

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Diocese of Leeds host second national webinar

Diocese of Leeds host second national webinar

Following the success of our April Webinar: ‘Practical Approaches to Cathedral Choir Rehearsals Online’, we hosted our second national webinar on Tuesday 12th May titled ‘Transformation or Extinction? Planning for the New Normal’. This session considered longer term issues for music making under lockdown. 

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Our Choral Scholarships offer superb opportunities for ambitious students looking to develop a range of professional-level musical skills.

For more information or to apply, please contact office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk or visit http://dolmusic.uk/scholarships

Really lovely to be back in Downing - such a warm welcome and great to see / hear our choir members - state school pupils from @bcw_cat @StGtG_CAT and @BPS_Trust - singing so well at both Downing and @Kings_College https://twitter.com/DOLMusic/status/1552299402009640963

Absolutely lovely time this week with the @DOLMusic in Oundle and Ely with @GabrieliCandP Roar, and singing (and eating) in Cambridge colleges today. Could now sleep for days but the students, colleagues and musical experiences were fab. https://twitter.com/DOLMusic/status/1552299402009640963

On our way home now after a really fabulous @GabrieliCandP ROAR trip. Very tired but it's been a classic residential thanks to wonderful colleagues in both organisations, plus a truly lovely bunch of young people who have excelled themselves. Brilliant last day of work for me! https://twitter.com/DOLMusic/status/1551915449629245444

Cambridge part 2 - a lovely lunch, talk, tour and sing in the chapel @downingcollege @DiscoverDowning - thanks so much for having us, with three Downing alumni on our staff we love visiting!

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Bradford Catholic Youth Choir had their end of year concert on Thursday featuring the three Junior Choirs, Senior Boys and Senior Girls' Choirs along with groups from three of the primary schools we sing with, and the Senior Choirs sang for Mass at St. Joseph's Catholic Church-Bradford this morning. It was especially significant as we are saying goodbye to Choral Director Alex Kyle. Alex has worked with the choirs and schools for ten years, first as our Choral Conducting Scholar and then as a full time Choral Director, inspiring thousands of children and providing great opportunities for the choirs. He's taking a new career step and will be studying for a solo voice ensemble MA at York University. Thanks Alex - we'll miss you! ... See MoreSee Less
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