Leeds Cathedral in the Diocese of Leeds is to hold the second Leeds International Organ Festival this summer.
Between 13th May and 10th July, organists young and old will have the opportunity to hear, meet and perform alongside renowned international concert organists who will join the local resident team. A range of music from Bach to theatre organ repertoire will be played on the Cathedral’s magnificent Klais organ, with other events in Huddersfield and Ossett, showcasing some of the finest instruments in West Yorkshire
There is much to delight players, singers and music enthusiasts alike over the Festival’s two months: masterclasses with some of the world’s most distinguished professors of organ, in addition to lunchtime recitals and evening concerts. For the first time, young players from the Diocese of Leeds Organists’ Training Programme will perform in Leeds Cathedral. Singers will be welcome, too, at the Cathedral’s ‘Come and Sing Haydn’ day in June. Alongside these performances, the Festival will include an evening with the world-famous composer Sir James MacMillan, interviewed by Richard Mantle, General Director of Opera North.
David Pipe, Leeds Cathedral Organist and the Festival’s Artistic Director said: “These events offer the chance to hear a huge range of organ music, not only in the impressive setting of Leeds Cathedral, but also in some of our finest churches. I’m delighted that we’re able to welcome acclaimed performers from overseas, such as Thomas Heywood from Melbourne, Australia, and feel confident that the Festival will continue to make its mark on the music scene in the North.”
This Festival, the first of its kind in the whole region, was the brainchild of Leeds Cathedral’s Music Department, and the Organists’ Training Programme it runs in partnership with the Royal College of Organists. The scheme enables people of any age – including many youngsters from the region’s most economically deprived areas – to learn what Mozart called: ‘The King of Instruments’!