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

Our Choral Directors work with some 4,500 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, 1 university choir 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.

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)

The National Schools Singing Programme is transforming church music across the UK (© 2022 Royal College of Organists)

Choirs and the joy of singing this Christmas – Bishop Marcus Stock (© 2021 Yorkshire Evening Post)

Confident, cultural and Catholic – how one diocese beat the lockdown with online music classes (© 2021 The Catholic Universe)

Partnerships, Schools Singing Programme, Diocese of Leeds (© 2021 Ensemble Magazine, Music Teachers’ Association) 

Leeds Cathedral…We don’t do outreach! (© 2021 Cathedral Voice, Friends of Cathedral Music)

From strength to strength in Leeds (© 2019 Royal College of Organists)

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)

Tune into ⁦@BBCRadio3⁩ tomorrow evening to hear our accordion tutor ⁦@valerie_barr⁩ playing in the ⁦@BBCPhilharmonic with ⁦@LudovicMorlot⁩, accompanying ⁦@SampsonCarolyn⁩ in a wonderful piece by Dutilleux. https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0013jr4

Our Director of the Schools Singing Programme @thomas_leech - together with @StPaulsLondon OBE Organ Outreach Fellow @tom_daggett - spoke at the @_cathedralmusic conference today about access, partnerships and excellence growing from sustained foundations in church music.

Today at Leeds Cathedral
The Baptism of the Lord
𝟵.𝟭𝟱𝗮𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗖𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿)
𝟭𝟭𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀 / 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀)
Dilexisti, Gregorian
Missa Sancti Nicolai, Haydn
Asperges, Gregorian
Quem pastores laudavere, Praetorius
Ave verum corpus, Mozart

Huddersfield Youth Choirs with Bradford Catholic Youth Choir perform the sacred Christmas Carol Guadete, from Piae Cantiones. Arr. Keith Roberts.
A live recording from Huddersfield Town Hall, December 2021 as part of Kirklees Organ Concert Season.

https://youtu.be/WYf4DOXwCww

Thanks for featuring! We've loved hearing the other choirs in your digital Advent Calendar as well...🎶🎵🎵🎶

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The Diocese of Westminster has joined the National Schools Singing Programme, an initiative designed to enhance music programmes for children educated in Catholic state schools.In his message, Cardinal Vincent said,‘I thank the Hamish Ogston Foundation for giving young people in the Diocese of Westminster the opportunity to participate in the National Schools Singing Programme. 'Making music allows us to give joyful praise to God, reminding us that all beauty comes from God and takes us to God. Singing builds team work and makes us attentive to each other. I am sure it will help our young people to know the beauty and joy that music gives to our everyday lives.’Find out more about the NSSP at www.nssp.org.uk/ ... See MoreSee Less
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We are delighted to welcome David Grealy to the department as Assistant Cathedral Organist.After taking a first-class honours degree in music from the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, he has held prestigious appointments at Westminster Cathedral, St Bartholomew's (Anglican) Church, Dublin, and St Mary's Pro-Cathedral, Dublin. In 2017, he completed a master's in organ performance at the Hochschule für Musik und Tanz, Cologne, and worked as a church musician in the Catholic Parish of St Peter & Paul, Ratingen.Before joining the Diocese of Leeds Music Department, David was based in Dublin, where he was in regular demand as a performer and accompanist.We look forward to a long and happy association with David! ... See MoreSee Less
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This Sunday at Leeds Cathedral (9th January):The Baptism of the Lord𝟵.𝟭𝟱𝗮𝗺 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗖𝗮𝗻𝘁𝗼𝗿)𝟭𝟭𝗮𝗺 𝗦𝗼𝗹𝗲𝗺𝗻 𝗠𝗮𝘀𝘀 (𝗚𝗶𝗿𝗹𝘀 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗦𝗰𝗵𝗼𝗹𝗮𝗿𝘀)Dilexisti, GregorianMissa Sancti Nicolai, HaydnAsperges, GregorianQuem pastores laudavere, PraetoriusAve verum corpus, Mozart ... See MoreSee Less
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Cathedral Organist David Pipe plays Messiaen’s wonderful La Nativité du Seigneur this Saturday at 7.15 pm in Leeds Cathedral. Free admission with a retiring collection to support Leeds International Organ Festival 2022! ... See MoreSee Less
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