Today, on BBC Radio 3, the Leeds Cathedral Choirs’ recording of the ethereal sacred music of Arvo Part’s The Beatitudes was played by Private Passions presenter, Michael Berkeley, for his guest the economist Tim Harford. Follow this link to the programme and our recording is between 24’08” and 31’55”: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000s8qg?fbclid=IwAR2F4SWJwt3PIateQeuO39sElKK8oSwU5Rg1vFXwTKz1b-Gv8CERjBQ7r1Q
The recording was conducted by the Director of our Schools Singing Programme, Thomas Leech, and accompanied on the Cathedral organ by Daniel Justin.
Thanks to the enthusiasm and musical excellence inspired at an early age in children at our Catholic primary schools by our Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme, our diocesan choirs are now some of the most-broadcast on the BBC.
Many more of our schools are set to benefit from a multi-million pound grant awarded to the Diocese by the Hamish Ogston Foundation, for the sole purpose of expanding this successful programme of evangelisation through music and liturgy.
All our choirs’ CD recordings are listed on the Diocese of Leeds Music website: https://www.dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk/recordings/