CDs can be obtained from the Music Office or by emailing your postal address to office@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk. Cheques should be made payable to “Diocese of Leeds Music”.

CD recordings include:

Gracious Groove – Organ Music of Dick Hyman

‘Five stars! Throwing the spotlight on the organ music of the prolific jazz pianist, Broadway orchestrator and film composer Dick Hyman, Benjamin Saunders proves as nimble an advocate as Leeds Cathedral’s 1904 Norman & Beard. Boasting vividly contrasted textures, the three-movement jazz- and blues-accented Millennial Countdown is the most substantial work here.’ Michael Quinn, Choir and Organ Magazine

Released April 2016
Label: ProOrgano
Price £10.00

Favourite Catholic Hymns

‘Essential listening: This CD is testament to what can be achieved when proper investment is made in music and given support from the top – there is a foreword from the Bishop of Leeds. Many who mourn the demise and disintegration of music infrastructures over the past 30 years or so will gain inspiration from – and possibly envy at – what there is here. Congratulations to all involved.’ Stuart Robinson, RSCM Magazine

Released February 2016
Label: Herald AV
Price £10.00

Arvo Pärt – Choral and Organ Music 

‘This highly impressive disc features a selection of Pärt’s choral music and his complete output for organ. What makes the recording special is the full-throated sound of the choir, featuring both boy and girl trebles, captured in the spacious acoustics of Leeds Cathedral itself.’ Gramophone Magazine

‘Leeds Cathedral Choir under Benjamin Saunders share in the benefits of a successful new interpretation with the calm and contemplation that this withdrawn, deliberately simple music require.’ Artistxite

Released September 2015
Label: Brilliant Classics
Price £7.00

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Elgar – Complete Organ Music 

This new recording contains Elgar’s complete original works for organ, as well as several arrangements of his famous showpieces, the first Pomp & Circumstance March, the Imperial March and Nimrod from the Enigma Variations, an iconic piece of English ceremony.

Released August 2015
Label: Brilliant Classics
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Andriessen – The Four Chorals & Other Organ Music 

Hendrik Andriessen (1892-1981) was one of the most important Dutch composers of the 20th century. Performed by Benjamin Saunders on the magnificent Grand Organ of Leeds Cathedral, perfectly suited to the large scale of these visionary works.

‘Benjamin Saunders has an extremely sensitive ear for the different aesthetics of the music. He gives the music life and is absolutely essential listening, and performs its technical requirements effortlessly.’ NMZ Neuen Musikzeitung

Released June 2015
Label: Brilliant Classics
Price £7.00

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Duruflé – Complete Choral & Organ Works 

Duruflé’s monumental Requiem is recorded in the composer’s preferred scoring of reduced orchestration and organ. Thomas Leech directs the Cathedral Choirs and Skipton Camerata Orchestra on the first disk accompanied by Benjamin Saunders and Daniel Justin. The second disk features the complete organ works played by Adriano Falcioni of Perugia Cathedral.

‘Le disque coup de coeur de la semaine’ Sacrées Musique, Radio France

‘Excellent, enjoyable and rewarding’ Gramophone Magazine

Released September 2013
Label: Brilliant Classics
Price £7.00

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Georgi Mushel – Complete Organ Works 

All of the music of Georgi Aleksandrovich Mushel is presented on a single CD release, much of it recorded for the first time. The collection represents some of the most original organ works of the last century taking inspiration from Russian classical traditions and the folk melodies of Mushel’s adopted central Asian home in Uzbekistan.

Awarded five stars both in ‘Choir and Organ’ and ‘The Listener’.

Released August 2013
Label: Brilliant Classics
Price £7.00

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The Klais Organ 

The first recording of the new Klais organ at Leeds Cathedral, played by Benjamin Saunders. The disc features original compositions by Vierne, Guilmant, Part, Howells and Kushnariov alongside transcriptions of music by Glass, Dvorak and Britten. The CD booklet contains full details of the organ.

Released May 2010
Label: Herald AV
Price £7.00

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Catholic Collection II 

The Cathedral Choirs sing music by De Cristo, Palestrina, Perosi and Rheinberger. 

‘Their singing of polyphony…is sensitive and devotional…with a terrifically focussed and contrasted reading. These are performances full of spirit and commitment. The recording has excellent clarity and breadth, and it is a fine tribute to the consistent choral work undertaken in Leeds in recent decades – a shining example to other cities.’ Organists Review (August 2009)

Released March 2009
Label: Herald AV
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Jubilate Deo 

The first recording of the Bradford Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs, joined by children from Diocesan Schools in Bradford, Keighley and Huddersfield. Featuring 400 young voices, the repertoire draws on the cultural traditions of Europe, Africa and the Americas.

Released January 2008
Price £5.00

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Lauda, Sion 

Music from across Europe including masterpieces by Pedro de Cristo, Rachmaninov, Sumsion and Mawby. Directed by Benjamin Saunders, sung by the boys’, girls’, adult and junior choirs, joined by the Cathedral bells and organ.

Released October 2005 
Price £7.00

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Habemus Papam

Music by Correa de Arauxo, Langlais and Lassus. Directed by Benjamin Saunders and accompanied by Christopher McElroy. A special disc of Choral Vespers released to commemorate the election of Pope Benedict XVI. The original service was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 sung by the adult and girls’ choirs at the time of the papal election.

Released October 2005
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Caritas Christi

Choral and organ music by Jean Langlais including “Missa in Misericordia Domini”, “Missa in Simplicitate” and “Trois Meditations sur la Sainte Trinite”. Directed by Stuart Thompson and sung by the combined choirs of Leeds Cathedral.

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Choral Music by Stuart Thompson 

A selection of sacred and secular music by Stuart Thompson, former Director of Music. Sung by the Cathedral Adult Choir. Includes new settings of “O for a closer walk with God”, “The Holly and the Ivy” and “Christus factus est.”

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Great to see the work done by @DOLMusic acknowledged here. https://twitter.com/RichmoMusic/status/1290551676886286336

Who doesn't need some organ music in their morning? Here's my virtual recital for @LeedsIOF with extracts from forthcoming Leighton / Thalben-Ball / Pott recording (and some waffly intros from me, sorry).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eUZ52RjbEzc

At 3pm we're on YouTube with Hymns at Home: One Diocese, Many Voices. Join us for half an hour of beautiful music recorded by our choirs (with new recordings made individually during lockdown), sing along to favourite hymns. Introduced by Bishop Marcus. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wquSQTQeEmE

It's our last one of term - 2pm today...featuring an emotional combo of silly and lovely...tune in! https://twitter.com/DOLMusic/status/1281523641453355008

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Schools! Need something both silly and lovely for 25 mins this afternoon? Well here you go - our last KS2 singing session, works just as well for listening as singing! Hope you can join us at 2pm!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ovDBc-zevwM

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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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