The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

The Catholic Church across Yorkshire's historic West Riding since 1878

College Honours Cathedral Choir School Director

Leeds College of Music has awarded a Fellowship to Sally Egan in recognition of her inspiring work at the Leeds Cathedral Choir School over the past ten years and her important contribution to the music industry.

Leeds-born-and-educated Sally read music at Cambridge University and studied singing in Paris and London. She has sung opera and oratorio all over the world under the baton of many leading conductors. Sally has specialised in training treble voices for many years and has worked as a vocal coach and singing teacher in some of the UK’s finest choral foundations, including Westminster Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. She returned to Leeds to take up the position of Choral Director of the Leeds Cathedral Choir School project, now celebrating its tenth anniversary at Holy Rosary and St Anne’s Catholic Primary School in Chapeltown.

Weekly singing sessions are now embedded in school life from nursery to Year 6. This leads to participation in the school’s outstanding choral groups, including the Senior Choir, Training Choir and Gospel Choir; all of which perform regularly in and out of school. Children gain musical skills far beyond those required in ordinary school choirs; many continue to pursue music at secondary school and through extra-curricular opportunities.

Sally’s work at the Choir School is attracting attention from educationalists and musicians alike, as putting music at the heart of the school curriculum is both enriching the children’s lives and also contributing to rising academic standards throughout the school.

The school has a long-standing and fruitful relationship with Leeds College of Music and Sally enjoys mentoring LCoM students on Community Music placements and welcoming students into school to accompany concerts and broadcasts. The children at Holy Rosary love performing at the College of Music and LCoM students are great role models for them, making the children aware of the opportunities available to those who make the most of their musical talents.

On receiving her Fellowship, Sally said: ‘As a Leeds lass and as a musician who shares your commitment to changing lives through music, I am proud and delighted to be awarded an LCoM Fellowship. Down the road in Chapeltown we are also trying to create what Gerry Godley calls ‘our own little musical utopia’, through the Cathedral Choir Project. In a world where challenges can sometimes feel overwhelming, the joy and fellowship of music can bring hope to us all. Thank you for this honour.’

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