Organs – St Joseph’s Bradford

The Hopkins Organ

The Bradford Boys’ Choir are the choir in residence at St Joseph’s Church in Bradford. The church organ was manufactured in the late 19th century by Hopkins & Son of York. It is widely regarded as the finest organ in the city centre, benefiting from mechanical key action and a superb case from an earlier Anneessens instrument.

 

Specification    
3 Divisions, 27 Ranks    
     
Pedal    
Open Diapason 16  
Bourdon 16  
Principal 8  
Bass Flute 8  
Fifteenth 4  
     
Great    
Bourdon 16  
Open Diapason 8  
Stopped Flute 8  
Dulciana 8  
Principal 4  
Chimney Flute 4  
Fifteenth 2  
Mixture III  
Trumpet 8  
     
Swell    
Lieblich Bourdon 16  
Horn Diapason 8  
Stopped Diapason 8  
Echo Gamba 8  
Voix Celestes 8  
Geigen Principal 4  
Fifteenth 2  
Mixture III  
Cornopean 8  
Tremulant    

The Director of our Schools Singing Programme, @thomas_leech, writing for @ArtsPro on equality in cathedral music. 'Achievement in a cathedral choir and the subsequent fruits of this should be available without regard to social circumstance.'

We're delighted that our YouTube singing sessions are featured on https://www.candomusic.org/ - lots of fabulous resources for school and home music on this great website. Excellent work from @MusicTeachers_ @ISM_music and @musicmarkuk #CanDoMusic

And we're back in schools too - our wonderful Choral Director team have had a fabulous week working with all these wonderful young voices! #CanDoMusic

Some of our choirs are slowly returning to in-person rehearsal after months of online sessions! Here are the cathedral girls, singing together for the first time in nearly 7 months! 🎶🎶🎶

It should not disappear but it needs to grow and adapt, like the amazing work by @DOLMusic in Leeds, and @ward_lw in Liverpool.

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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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