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

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

International Organ Festival Vespers in Huddersfield

David Pipe, Dominic Rose and Malcolm Hinchliffe by the Skrabl organ at St Patrick’s, Huddersfield

The new Leeds International Organ Festival visited Huddersfield for a well-attended Vespers for Pentecost celebrated in Latin at St Patrick’s Church in the Parish of the Holy Redeemer by the parish priest, Canon Ian Smith.

Parish Organist Malcolm Hinchliffe and Leeds Cathedral Organist David Pipe played seasonal works by de Grigny (Veni Creator) and Clerambault (Suite de Deuxieme Ton) and the superb Cantor was Dominic Rose, a regular soloist from Leeds Cathedral Choir.

The diverse congregation of more than fifty worshippers of all ages included distinguished former Huddersfield University Organist, Keith Jarvis.

This is the second Leeds International Organ Festival: an annual event celebrating all aspects of keyboard music – sacred and secular – in partnership with the Royal College of Organists. See the Festival website for more details

A selection of forthcoming events starts tomorrow, 11 June at 6.30pm at Leeds Cathedral with world-famous composer Sir James MacMillan in conversation with Opera North’s own Richard Mantle OBE, preceded by a concert given by Notre Dame Children’s Choir (Indiana, SA) and the Leeds Cathedral Choir. 

The Cathedral Choir will also perform with organist Jane Flynn on 1 July at Leeds University’s renowned International Mediaeval Congress

Worship, recitals, evening concerts, masterclasses and lectures with performers of international renown are only part of the story of the Diocese of Leeds Music Department’s campaign to broaden access to the finest music tuition.  On 7 July at 4pm, students on our successful Organists’ Training Programme will be showcasing their talents on the Cathedral’s magnificent Klais organ and even younger keyboard enthusiasts will enjoy the workshop for local primary-school-aged children, including a public performance of Bob Chilcott’s Mr Majeika and the Magic Organ at Leeds Cathedral on 10 July at 1.10 pm.