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First Ever Leeds International Organ Festival

14th May 2018

First Ever Leeds International Organ Festival

Leeds Cathedral in the Diocese of Leeds is to hold the first ever Leeds International Organ Festival this summer.


Between 14th May and 9th July, organists young and old will have the opportunity to hear, meet and perform alongside renowned international concert organists who will join the local resident team from across Britain and Europe.  A range of music from Bach to Jazz will be played on the Cathedral’s magnificent Klais organ, with other events at St Patrick's Church in Huddersfield and St Joseph's in Bradford, showcasing the superb instruments to be found in Catholic churches across the Diocese of Leeds. 


There is much to delight players, singers and music enthusiasts alike over the Festival’s two months.  Masterclasses with some of Europe’s most distinguished professors of organ, in addition to lunchtime recitals and evening concerts.  The organ will feature prominently in two choral concerts with the Diocesan boys’ and girls’ choirs -and for those who just love to sing, anyone of any standard is welcome at the Cathedral’s ‘Come and Sing Fauré’ day in June.  Featuring speech as well as music, events include lectures and interviews with professionals from the field of church and cathedral music and religious broadcasting.


David Pipe, Leeds Cathedral Organist and the Festival’s Artistic Director said: “These events offer the chance to hear a huge range of organ music, not only in the impressive setting of Leeds Cathedral, but also in some of our finest Catholic churches.  As well as internationally renowned names like Christopher Herrick, I’m delighted that we’re able to welcome acclaimed performers from overseas, and feel confident that the new Festival will really make its mark on the music scene in the North.”


This Festival, the first of its kind in the whole region, was the brainchild of Leeds Cathedral’s Music Department, and the Organists’ Training Programme it runs in partnership with the Royal College of Organists.  The scheme enables people of any age – including many youngsters from the region’s most economically deprived areas – to learn what Mozart called: ‘The King of Instruments’!


More details of the Leeds International Organ Festival can be found on its website www.leedsiof.org - as well as on its Facebook page and Twitter feed:  @LeedsIOF.  The ‘Come and Sing’ day can be booked through Eventbrite.  All Monday lunchtime organ recitals are free admission and non-ticketed.