All choristers need to ‘get to know’ their own voice with designated one-to-one time in order to understand their vocal range and ensure that they care for their ‘inbuilt musical instrument’ as their bodies develop.

Thanks to the generous support of Trusts and Foundations and individual donors, members of the Cathedral Choirs regularly receive one-to-one professional vocal coaching completely free of charge.

Our singers develop a strong vocal technique that can be put into practice in choir rehearsals, competitions, concerts, broadcasts and recordings as well as music-making at school. Specialist support is given to adolescent boys with changing voices, giving them the confidence and enthusiasm to continue singing through a period of natural transition.

accompanying our fab @DOLMusic Schools Scholars at Leeds Cathedral, a very accomplished sound from these developing tenors and basses...and the essential coffee...

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Transformational school singing in West Yorks - despite Covid-19. @thomas_leech describes our work and challenges cathedrals to open access to their musical treasures @RachelReevesMP @FabianLeedsNE @RichardBurgon @hilarybennmp @TracyBrabin @chiggi @FionaMaddocks @tes

#ICYMI: Where else is it still accepted that an elite opportunity is available to a boy, but not a girl? Or accessible primarily to the 7% of privately educated children? @thomas_leech reflects on cathedral #choirs role in #artseducation https://bit.ly/3iVMF9h

@katharineparton @Paul_McCreesh @Stantclayton @sbsjcc @DOLMusic In fact - we regard the schools work as the centre, and the after-school opportunities as the add-on. You have to prioritise the foundations...

Year 6 really enjoyed their first singing session with @thomas_leech from @DOLMusic. Different than usual but lots of fun! #welovestanthonysclayton @bcw_cat @csptsa @CathEdService

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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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