The Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme is recognised as the UK’s leading choral singing provision, reaching 4,500 children weekly, both during and outside the school day in around 100 choral groups. These include the six choirs of Leeds Cathedral and Boys’ and Girls’ Choirs in Bradford, Keighley, Huddersfield, Wakefield and Pontefract.

We focus on areas of social marginalisation and economic deprivation, striving to offer the best musical opportunities in those communities least likely to encounter them. Our Choral Directors work in 53 state schools, which enthuse about the benefits gained by children in academic and behavioural outcomes. Although our work is closely linked to the Diocese’s programme of music and performance, there is no requirement of faith and we work with young people from all faiths and none; using the discipline of choral music to provide an excellent standard of training and inspiration. 

To date, our Programme has inspired over 25,000 young people, aged 5-21. Many progress through our system of after-school choirs rehearsing weekly and performing regularly at Leeds Cathedral and other prestigious venues. Last year, our choirs broadcast eight services on BBC Radio 3 and 4. Our Bradford Choirs perform and record with the Gabrieli Consort and broadcast the Christmas Day service on BBC One in 2019. 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 young people.

Click here for the Schools Singing Programme brochure.

‘I joined Bradford Youth Choir at 9 years old.  During my 7 years as a choir member I had the opportunity to travel to Germany, take part in many competitions and make life long friends and memories.  BYC inspired me and nurtured me as a musician and led me to Leeds College of Music where I am currently studying for a degree.’ 

Schools Singing Programme Alumni

I’ve been here at the cathedral for the last seven and half years, one of the Choral Directors came into my primary school and asked if I would like to join the Children’s Choir and I’ve been here ever since. Singing in the Cathedral Choirs has definitely made me more confident, I’ve built the confidence to sing in front of other people and I think that translates across because now I feel a lot more comfortable to talk in front of other people as well…I’ve made some great friends here and I’d love to become a scholar in the adult choir.’

Girls’ Choir Member, 15 years old. 

Upcoming Events

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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