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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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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Mr Leech was very pleased to see some of your pupils joining in with sessions this week! Hope you enjoy this session! 🎶🎶🎶🎶

It's our second Friday SING! today - tune in to YouTube at 2pm for a new session featuring all of our team! Recap this week's singing with new versions of some of the songs and add some extras to Left Luggage! Nearly at 50k session views now!
https://youtu.be/BDdunjnILi8

This morning's 'I can sing' session for younger children was VERY piratey...you can catch it on our YouTube channel now! Subscribe to the channel for LOTS more...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQaxhUdIkpk

Feedback about our sessions from a school using them:
'Thank you Miss that was really fun!'
'Music was SO FUN I hope it's the same next time!!!'
'I really liked the music video too 🙂'
'Thank U it was so fun'
So pleased they're enjoying it - thanks for letting us know!

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