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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Coronavirus / COVID-19

Coronavirus / COVID-19

Due to the increasing seriousness of the Covid-19 outbreak and public health guidance to avoid inessential contact we are suspending all of the Diocese’s choirs with immediate effect. This includes all scheduled rehearsals, liturgies and concerts.

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Leeds International Organ Festival

Leeds International Organ Festival

Leeds Cathedral in the Diocese of Leeds is to hold the second Leeds International Organ Festival this summer. Between 13th May and 10th July, organists young and old will have the opportunity to hear, meet and perform alongside renowned international concert organists...

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Energy to burn off? Silliness to use up? Go Bananas for 2 minutes! Happy Half-Term to our choir members, schools and families...enjoy the last week of Easter and we look forward to seeing you all before too long.
https://youtu.be/Yk_Wfx80zas

Some fantastic singing coming up in 5 minutes! A little introduction to the ORGAN, Christ be our light, and an amazing version of Alan Simmons' Pop Festival! All delivered by the fabulous Lucy A, our Choral Director for Huddersfield and Kirklees.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jADaB0Sykqk

We've had a whole month of our daily singing sessions! Tune in to Lucy A's session at 2pm - see her play the organ, sing a great warm-up, Christ be our light, School Dinners and an amazing version of Alan Simmons' Pop Festival!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jADaB0Sykqk

Today is the Solemnity of The Ascension of the Lord - learn and sing the psalm for today's feast on our YouTube channel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=By6325hox7A&list=PL0w4ZePR30aIUTcn2FnAPm1U9F4aKDTs7&index=6&t=0s

Five minutes until our 22nd - TWENTY-SECOND! - virtual singing session starts over on YouTube...what a half-term we've had learning to do this...some very upskilled choral directors here! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2huudABB_mo

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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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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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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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