The Diocese of Leeds has the largest church-based music programme in the UK. Its particular focus is on areas of social marginalisation and economic deprivation, striving to offer the best possible musical opportunities in communities which are least likely to encounter them, but where hearts and minds are at their most open. Each week 4000 children from across the region meet together in around 100 choral groups, including the six choirs of Leeds Cathedral.

Opportunities for engagement with classical and choral music are highly limited; the 53 West Yorkshire schools with which our highly trained Choral Directors work regularly express their strong belief that our programme very much fills a need in the teaching and enjoyment of music. To date, the Schools’ Singing Programme has successfully worked with over 20,000 children and young people and many go on to join our six boys’ choirs and six girls’ choirs, who rehearse weekly and regularly perform at Leeds Cathedral, in BBC broadcasts, national competitions and other prestigious venues. Since March 2018 our Bradford, Huddersfield and Leeds choirs have been invited to broadcast a total of four BBC Radio 4 Daily Services, one Sunday Worship, Midnight Mass and Radio 3’s Choral Vespers.

Our excellence and professionalism is recognised nationally with regular live broadcasts and recordings on BBC One and Radio 3 and 4; since 2005 we have appeared within 43 BBC radio and television broadcasts. We maintain a consistent level of good practice and our team are frequently requested to act as advisers to other UK and American institutions on the establishment and ongoing management of music programmes for disadvantaged young people.

Click here for Schools Singing Programme brochure.

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Viscount Organs are proud to support The Diocese of Leeds Organists [@DOLMusic] Training Programme by loaning them an Envoy 35-F organ. #DigitalOrgans #OrganMusic

A brilliant review for @DOLMusic's BCYC and the other Gabrieli Roar partner choirs!

Looking forward to playing Howells' epic Sonata (the 1933 one) in this...

Great privilege for @BFCS1856 to sing with @DOLMusic youth choir last weekend. Fantastic to see young children loving choral music and getting such excellent musical education #nextgen

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A wonderful afternoon at Hinsley Hall with DoL choirs from Huddersfield, Bradford, Pontefract, Wakefield and Leeds for the Diocesan Eucharistic Procession ... See MoreSee Less

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Today at Leeds Cathedral:
5th Sunday of Easter

9.30 am Mass (LTC Boys)
Missa VIII, Gregorian
Rejoice, praises render, JL Bach
Tantum ergo, Andriessen

11am Mass (Girls and choral scholars)
Introit: Cantate Domino
Missa Petrus et Orbis, Duggan / Lyle
Regina caeli, Duggan
O sacrum convivium, Duggan
Organ: Fantasia in A minor, Byrd
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The first lecture of Leeds International Organ Festival is this evening, given by Professor Francis O'Gorman. 7pm, Wheeler Hall, Leeds Cathedral, free admission. ... See MoreSee Less

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We are really pleased that due to high demand for our July CPD event, 'Developing Your Work with Young Voices' with Dr. Jenevora Williams, we have changed our room booking to open up more places. Don't miss out on this superb opportunity in Leeds. Booking will close 5th June 2019, or when these final places have sold - there really will be no more space!
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Today at Leeds Cathedral:
4th Sunday of Easter

9.30 am Mass (LTC Girls)
Missa XVI, Gregorian
If ye Love me, Wilby
Anima Christi, Frisina

11 am Solemn Mass (Boys and Adults)
Introit Misericordia Domini
Missa 'O Quam Gloriosum', Victoria
Laetatus sum, Scarlatti
Cibavit eos, Byrd
Organ: Toccata (5th Symphony), Widor
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