The Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme is recognised as the UK’s leading choral singing provision, reaching 4,000 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 will be broadcasting the Christmas Day service on BBC One this year. 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 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.’ 
JM, 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. 

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Started today with an hour with Y5 and 6 in St Philip's Middleton, part of Leeds with extremely high levels of multiple deprivation...that weekly work for @dolmusic is as rewarding and even more important than the glorious polyphony the cathedral choir sings daily...

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Today at Leeds Cathedral:

5.10pm Vespers (Girls, Scholars and UTEP Chamber Choir)
Magnificat octavi toni, Morales

5.30 pm Mass (Scholars and UTEP Chamber Choir)
Missa IX, Gregorian
Exultate justi, Viadana
Locus iste, Bruckner
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Wonderful music this evening as the Choir and Trombone Quartet of the University of Texas at El Paso joined the Leeds Cathedral Boys Choir for Mass ... See MoreSee Less

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Today at Leeds Cathedral:

5.30 pm Mass (Boys and UTEP Chamber Choir)
Missa XI, Gregorian; Coronation Mass, Mozart (S)
Ubi caritas et amor, Duruflé
Agnus Dei, Mozart
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A stunning concert of Renaissance Masterpieces sung by the Cathedral Choirs and the Chamber Singers and Trombone Quartet of the University of Texas at El Paso at St Wilfrid's Church in Ripon. ... See MoreSee Less

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The second features the senior boys' and girls' choirs of Bradford Catholic Youth Choir as they prepare for their tour to Rome.
This is at St Walburga's Church, Shipley, 4pm
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