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The Diocese of Leeds has the largest church programme of choral music for young people in the United Kingdom. 

Our Choral Directors work with some 3500 children weekly (over 100 groups across 53 schools), returning to their bases to run our elite choirs; 6 boys’ choirs, 6 girls’ choirs, 5 mixed children’s choirs, 2 youth choirs, 3 university choirs and an adult choir, all drawing their membership from our school sessions.

There are two main elements to the system: auditioned choirs for boys and girls and the Diocesan Schools Singing Programme. These two areas of work are complementary and the musical and educational rewards flow into the schools and the liturgical life of the Diocese. 

Click here to read testimonials from schools, choir members and parents.

The development of the choral programme is facilitated by a financial partnership with schools, and has been the subject of a number of press articles and news reports in recent years. A selection of these is reproduced below by kind permission of the publishers and broadcasters.

Songs of Praise – Primary School Choirs ( © BBC Television) 

Songs of Praise – Bradford Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs ( © BBC Television)

News report – Chapeltown Choir School Project ( © BBC Television)

News report – Singing to Pope Benedict ( © BBC Television)

Past Hymns ( © 2018 Music Teacher Magazine)

A Top-flight Choir ( © 2018 Catholic Herald)

Schools Singing Programme ( © 2017 The American Organist)

Singing Our Praises ( © 2016 Royal School of Church Music)

Its all about the music for Leeds Choirs (© 2016 Catholic Universe)

Finding their voices ( © 2016 The Tablet)

Medal Glory for Bradford Girls (© 2014 Catholic Universe)

Sure Foundation (© 2014 Music Teacher)

Leeds Diocese Youth Choirs (© 2014 Catholic Life)

Leeds Cathedral leads the way (© 2013 Organists Review)

The heart of cathedral music ( © 2012 Cathedral Music Magazine)

New appointment at Leeds ( © 2012 Friends of Cathedral Music)

Singing for the Pope ( © 2010 Times Educational Supplement)

New Cathedral Organ ( © 2010 Organists Review)

Choristry revival ( © 2010 Bath Abbey Music Society)

Inner-city voices ( © 2010 Yorkshire Evening Post)

First state primary turns choir school ( © 2009 Times Educational Supplement)

A week in the life of a Choral Director ( © 2009 Diocese of Leeds)

Singing in Leeds Diocese ( © 2009 Association of British Choral Directors)

Roll out the choirs ( © 2008 Classical Music Magazine)

Laying Solid Foundations ( © 2008 Choir and Organ Magazine)

Sing Choirs of Schoolkids ( © 2007 The Tablet)

Redefining Outreach ( © 2007 Royal School of Church Music)

A New Model ( © 2006 Friends Cathedral Music Magazine)

Delighted to be presenting the Music Achievement Award, representing @DOLMusic...a fantastic event, congrats to all involved! https://t.co/ssRgNfFugB

Rehearsals are underway for today's Boys' Choirs Festival...a stunning sound in Langlais' Messe d'Escalquens. All of the young singers have come through our classroom-based Schools Singing Programme.

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We were thrilled to welcome @jamesmacm to Leeds Cathedral this evening, where we enjoyed his fascinating discussion with @Opera_North’s Richard Mantle. Fantastic singing from @DOLMusic Cathedral Girls and @ndcchoir beforehand, too!

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We had a great morning running auditions for Bradford Catholic Youth Choir at St Bede's & St Joseph's Catholic College - over 70 pupils came to sing for us, and the standard was really high (most of the children had sung with our Choral Directors for two years in primary school). Fantastic to see such enthusiasm for singing! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our CPD event, Developing your Work with Young Voices, is underway at Hinsley Hall with Dr. Jenevora Williams. Lots of learning about the voice, body and learning processes which we work with every day. ... See MoreSee Less

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Well done to the Huddersfield Boys’, Girls’ and Youth choirs for such fantastic singing today on their live broadcast of Sunday Worship on BBC Radio 4. ... See MoreSee Less

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Rehearsals are underway for tomorrow's broadcast of BBC Radio 4's Sunday Worship, live from St Patrick's Church, featuring Huddersfield Boys, Girls and Youth Choirs directed by Lucy Appleyard. The liturgy will be led by Parish Priest Fr Ian Smith. ... See MoreSee Less

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