I’m delighted to welcome you to the inaugural Leeds International Organ Festival. Following on from the success of recent years’ Cathedral recital series, the programme has expanded to include masterclasses, choral events and two evening talks.

This year’s Leeds Cathedral lunchtime recital series includes several visiting recitalists: Christopher Herrick (international concert organist), Friedhelm Flamme (Professor of Organ at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany), Daniel Justin (Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich), Sean Montgomery (Hebden Bridge) and Gonny van der Maten (Oude Kerk, Soest, The Netherlands). They will be joined by resident organists from the Diocese of Leeds: Caius Lee, Thomas Leech and David Pipe.

In addition to the lunchtime series, there will be two evening concerts: a complete performance of J. S. Bach’s magnificent Clavierübung III, and a concert of toe-tapping Jazz organ music by Benjamin Saunders, Diocesan Director of Music.

Following on from last year’s inaugural masterclass series, Friedhelm Flamme and Gonny van der Maten will lead classes on North German Baroque and contemporary Dutch music, respectively. As well as giving a fascinating insight into these musical worlds, both classes will give a fantastic opportunity to explore other fine instruments within the Diocese.

The Festival will include two evenings talks. Martin Baker, Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral and President of the Royal College of Organists, will discuss his renowned career as an improviser with Philip Meaden, Director of the RCO; the evening will conclude with an improvisation recital on the Cathedral’s Klais organ. Secondly, Rowan Morton-Gledhill, the Diocesan Communications Officer, will give a fascinating talk about her work as a BBC producer of religious broadcasts.

It will be a particular highlight to include the two Diocesan Choral Festivals this year, showcasing the acclaimed work of the Schools’ Singing Programme across the Diocese. During the Festival concerts, young students from the Organists’ Training Programme will perform on the Klais organ.

I hope you are able to support and enjoy these exciting events during the first Leeds International Organ Festival.

David Pipe
Cathedral Organist and Artistic Director, LIOF

David Pipe, artistic director


All lunchtime recitals occur on Mondays at 1.10 pm in Leeds Cathedral. They are listed on organrecitals.com.

Details on our organs may be found on the Diocese of Leeds’ Music Department’ website.

Christopher Herrick
International Concert Organist

Monday 14th May | More details...

Friedhelm Flamme
Hochschule für Musik, Detmold, Germany

Monday 21st May | More details...

Caius Lee
Diocese of Leeds

Monday 4th June | More details...

Thomas Leech
Diocese of Leeds

Monday 11th June | More details...

David Pipe
Diocese of Leeds

Monday 18th June | More details...

Daniel Justin
Cathedral of St John the Baptist, Norwich

Monday 25th June | More details...

Sean Montgomery
Hebden Bridge

Monday 2nd July | More details...

Gonny van der Maten
Oude Kerk, Soest, The Netherlands

Monday 9th July | More details...


Evening Concerts

J. S. Bach’s Clavierübung III
Leeds Cathedral, Tuesday 12th June, 7.30 pm

David Pipe and Caius Lee give a complete performance of J. S. Bach’s monumental Clavierübung III, which is rarely heard in its entirety. The Cathedral’s Peter Collins chamber organ will be used for the manualiter pieces, alongside the Klais organ in the pedaliter settings.

Benjamin Saunders plays Jazz
Leeds Cathedral, Thursday 28th June, 7.30 pm

The Diocesan Director of Music, Benjamin Saunders, puts the Klais organ through its paces as you’ve never heard it before! He will perform music by Dick Hyman (as recorded on his recent Gracious Groove CD), and will include new arrangements of pieces by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra.

Choral Events

Couperin Mass, in honour of the 350th anniversary of his birth
St Patrick’s, Huddersfield, Saturday 19th May, 3 pm

François Couperin’s Messe pour les paroisses (Mass for use in parish churches). A complete liturgical performance of Couperin’s majestic setting of the Mass for organ, to celebrate the 350th anniversary of his birth. Organists Caius Lee and David Pipe will be joined by a Cantor to sing the plainsong propers.

‘Come and sing’ Fauré’s Requiem
Leeds Cathedral, Saturday 9th June, 12 noon

David Pipe leads a workshop day on Faureé’s ever-popular Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine. Singing sessions through the afternoon (12 noon to 5.30 pm) will culminate in a performance in the Cathedral at 7.30 pm, accompanied by the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist, Caius Lee, and including Fauré’s haunting Pavane. Please book via Eventbrite.

Choir Festivals
Leeds Cathedral, Sundays 17th and 24th June, 2.30 pm

The annual Diocesan boys and girls choirs’ festivals which, this year, will include Organists’ Training Programme students performing on the Klais organ during each festival concert.

and Lectures

Please register interest for masterclasses by contacting David Pipe. The cost of attending is £25 for an adult, £10 for a student and £5 for an observer.

These events also complement the Diocese of Leeds’ Organists’ Training Programme, an initiative launched in 2016 in partnership with the Royal College of Organists, that now offers organ lessons to over 35 children throughout the Diocese. You can find more details on this work here.


Friedhelm Flamme
St Patrick’s, Huddersfield, Monday 21st May, 7.00-9.30 pm

Friedhelm Flamme is a Professor of Organ at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold, Germany. He will lead a class on North German Baroque repertoire on the acclaimed Škrabl organ in St Patrick’s. This masterclass is held in association with the York and District Organists’ Association.

Gonny van der Maten
St Joseph’s, Bradford, Monday 9th July, 7.00-9.30 pm

Gonny van der Maten, Organist of the Oude Kerk in Soest, the Netherlands, will lead a class on Dutch repertoire, particularly focussing on works by Hendrik Andriessen and Albert de Klerk.


Martin Baker ‘in conversation’ with Philip Meaden
Wheeler Hall, Wednesday 20th June, 7.00 pm

Martin Baker, Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral and President of the Royal College of Organists, will be interviewed by Philip Meaden, Director of the RCO, about his career as a world-renowned improviser. Martin will conclude the evening with an improvisation concert in the Cathedral.

Rowan Morton-Gledhill on the BBC
Wheeler Hall, Wednesday 4th July, 7.00 pm

Diocesan Communications Officer, Rowan Morton-Gledhill, shares fascinating insights and stories about her work as a producer and director of religious broadcasting for the BBC, with programmes including Sunday Worship, Choral Evensong and Songs of Praise.