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Leeds hosts annual choir festival

Posted on 15 February 2017

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​More than 300 singers and musicians will perform in the annual Cathedrals Group Choir Festival 2017, held in Leeds for the first time next month.

Choirs from 14 universities across the UK will be joined by 14-piece brass ensemble Skipton Camerata and the Leeds Trinity Cathedral Boys and Girls Choir, to perform at Leeds Cathedral on Saturday 4 March.

As well as a massed choir performance of 315 singers, each choir will perform their own individual pieces of music, and will be supported by conductor David Pipe and organist Thomas Leech from the Diocese of Leeds Music Department.

Professor Margaret A House, Vice-Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University and Chairperson of The Cathedrals Group of universities, said:

"Leeds Cathedral provides a fantastic setting for the Cathedrals Group Choir Festival 2017, and I am delighted to host the event in Leeds on behalf of The Cathedrals Group. The Cathedral Dean, Rev Mgr Philip Moger and his team at Leeds Cathedral have worked exceptionally hard alongside the Diocese of Leeds Music Department to support this event, and I am truly looking forward to an inspirational evening of choral music and song."

The Cathedrals Group Choir Festival 2017 is being hosted by Leeds Trinity University, which celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year.

Professor House added: "We welcome anyone interested in choral music to join us for this fantastic concert, and to support us in celebrating our 50th Anniversary at the same time. We are very proud of our Catholic heritage at Leeds Trinity and work closely with partners across the city to maintain our original mission to provide an exceptional educational experience in a diverse community."

The massed choir will perform Tu es Petrus by Sir James MacMillan and Salisbury Vespers by Bob Chilcott.

David Pipe, Conductor of the Cathedrals Group Choir Festival, said:

"We're greatly looking forward to a fantastic evening's music-making, with a wide range of choral music for everyone to enjoy. We're delighted that the massed choirs will be accompanied by brass, percussion and organ in works by Sir James MacMillan and Bob Chilcott, and these will be sure to sound thrilling in the impressive setting of Leeds Cathedral. Do come along to hear this exciting programme!"

Tickets cost £16 and £10 for concessions (children, students and seniors) plus booking fee, and can be purchased on the Eventbrite page