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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Leeds International Organ Festival Live

Leeds International Organ Festival Live

We’re delighted that the billed Monday recitalists for Leeds International Organ Festival 2020 are generously providing video and audio clips for us to broadcast on our LIOF YouTube channel each week, so that everyone can enjoy these world-class performers from the comfort of their own homes.

Tune in each Monday at 1.15 pm to lioflive.org.uk for Leeds International Organ Festival Live.

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Keep calm and carry on singing!

Keep calm and carry on singing!

In mid-March, members of the Leeds Cathedral Junior Choirs and Children’s Choir had been enjoying learning songs for our Spring Concert and were excited about the performance.  Some of us were becoming slightly anxious about the progress of Coronavirus around the world, but we generally continued as normal, singing a full choral Mass as recently as 15th March, albeit with extra hygiene measures in place and a few children missing. 

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Live-streaming of Leeds Cathedral Mass

Live-streaming of Leeds Cathedral Mass

Holy Mass will now be live-streamed each weekday at 10.30am and on Sundays at 11am whilst the celebration of public Masses is suspended. There will also be a live-stream of the Angelus at 12 noon each weekday, followed by praying the Rosary. To participate online, please visit the new YouTube channel www.leedscathedrallive.org.uk

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Join Choral Director Wil for a vigorous vocal warm-up, a celebration of God's beautiful creation, everything that goes with chips, and lots more fun too! Stay to the end for great round of Don't clap this one back!
https://youtu.be/_2lpBrlN3xg

Today, join Lucy H, our Cathedral Choral Director, to shake like a wet dog and wave to your imaginary friend! Learn about Hans Christian Anderson, the Pacific region of Polynesia and how to sing a round.
https://youtu.be/1CWpdXZA-ws

Our Director of the Schools Singing Programme, @thomas_leech, writes about our award-winning work during lockdown for the @GramophoneMag blog.

Thanks so much...and who knows, perhaps the spark is being lit for some brilliant consort singers of the future! 🎶🎶🎶

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11 months ago

Diocese of Leeds Music

My voice is changing right now so I’m in this range where I can sing quite high or low, so I can either sing treble or tenor right now! When I sing it gives me more confidence in school and everywhere. The whole choir feels like a community and you get to meet lots of new people as well. My favourite pieces are some of the Glorias, I also like singing in other languages. 13 years old, Leeds Cathedral Senior Boys Choir ... See MoreSee Less

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11 months ago

Diocese of Leeds Music

Today at Leeds Cathedral:

9.30 am Mass (Cantor)

11 am Solemn Mass (Boys)
Missa in Honorem SS Cordis, Andriessen
Hodie & This little babe, Britten
Deo gratias, Britten
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11 months ago

Diocese of Leeds Music

I feel happy because it just lets all your emotions out. I like singing. My favourite thing about choir is singing, and I’m really excited for the BBC broadcast. We’ve been rehearsing for it since September, since we came back from the holidays. If you feel nervous about singing imagine it’s only you in the room and you’re singing to yourself. When I joined I was really nervous, but my sister was in the choir (she’s in Seniors now) and she helped me to sing. 10 years old, Bradford Junior Choir ... See MoreSee Less

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An excellent BBC rehearsal this afternoon for Bradford Catholic Youth Choir...tune in tomorrow at 10am! ... See MoreSee Less

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