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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)

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)

Thanks to funding from The @HamishOgstonFdn, @DOLMusic is delighted to announce that it is now expanding its award-winning Schools Singing Programme across Yorkshire and replicating it in every Catholic diocese in the UK to create the National Schools Singing Programme.

Alleluia, alleluia!
A very Happy Easter to all our wonderful young singers, our staff and supporters - 'never tiring be our choiring!'
The Easter hymn, Battle is o'er, hell's armies flee, sung by Bradford Catholic Youth Choir
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UB4EV9qmr9A

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A year since our first online rehearsal with the Cathedral Girls' Choir...we're back in schools but our choirs are still online. Here's some medieval raucousness for yesterday's solemnity of the Annunciation, an archive recording of our Bradford choirs.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8H1lG1ohNQ

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The NSSP initiative takes inspiration from the model developed by the Diocese of Leeds in 2003. It uses the existing infrastructure of Catholic state schools and offers additional funds to support world-class inclusive music programmes. The funds help engage diverse communities which have often been an afterthought for choral and church music. Find out more about Diocese of Leeds Music at dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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You may have seen the news that Diocese of Leeds Music are expanding our award-winning Schools Singing Programme across Yorkshire and the rest of the UK. You can now keep up to date with all NSSP developments on our new Facebook (National Schools Singing Programme), Instagram (www.instagram.com/nationalssp/) and Twitter (twitter.com/nationalssp) pages. Give us a like, follow and share to spread the word! ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is the First Sunday of Easter - don't forget that the season of Easter lasts for 50 days! So even though you might have eaten all of your chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, you can join us in learning and singing some specially selected hymns for Easter. Alleluia!youtu.be/fL7DwYWERSU ... See MoreSee Less
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Alleluia, alleluia!A very Happy Easter to all our wonderful young singers, our staff and supporters - 'never tiring be our choiring!'The Easter hymn, Battle is o'er, hell's armies flee, sung by Bradford Catholic Youth Choirwww.youtube.com/watch?v=UB4EV9qmr9A ... See MoreSee Less
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