We damned Faust

May the 12th, the weather improved and we all put out a good rendition of the Damnation of Faust.  Despite the difficulty of singing in French after just working in German and Latin for the previous concerts we all cracked it and the men of the choruses were magnificent.  All the rehearsal effort was worth…

It’s Sunny and Glorious Mahler 2

Well, what a fabulous collaboration with the Bruckner Orchester Linz and our fellow singers in the Sheffield Phil. We have been blessed with some of the nicest weather of the year so far, blue sky and sunshine which always lifts the soul.  Then what an orchestra !  It could have turned into a mundane repetition…

We have a winner

Leeds Philharmonic Christmas Carol Competition – Winner Announced We held our first Phil Christmas Carol Competition during the autumn of 2017 as part of our charities aim to promote awareness of the beauty and benefits of choral singing.   A cash prize of £750.00 together with publication of the winning carol by the Royal School of Church Music…

Choir Master News

The new season is underway and already we have some exciting news.  Richard Wilberforce – our current choir master, has been offered an important career opportunity by the Cambridge University.  The Cambridge University Music Society (CUMS) Symphony Chorus has invited him to conduct a performance of Handel’s Israel in Egypt on Saturday 25th November.  He…

Chester to Durham and Beamish

Well this season has certainly been busy, ending with four performances in just one week, but what a week.  Saturday the 1st July saw us at Chester Cathedral for a fantastic performance with the Chester Festival Chorus and Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra of Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony. We certainly swayed along to the waves on that seating…

3 Months, 3 Concerts

It’s been a busy three months and members of the Phil have performed in three concerts already.  We started on 14th January with around 30 singers performing the Fauré Requiem and most of Jenkins Armed Man at St John’s in Cleckheaton.  The best bit was the lovely tea they put on for us between the…

From the street to jail – What an autumn season !

We started the 2016/17 season singing on Briggate, progressed through remembrance day at the Armouries with hymns and a bit of The Armed Man.  They want us back for another concert soon.  On to the Minster for Psalms and Joy from Imogen Holst, and Duruflé’s Requiem.  A bit of busking at the station for charity…

Sun, Rain and Midges

Our penultimate concert of the 2015-16 season was a great success despite the attempts by the weather to put a dampner on things.  We chose to think the rumbles of thunder during the afternoons rehearsal were good omens and it did remain largely dry at Bolton Abbey for the evening concert and was nice in…

Creative spirits in Leeds – Mahler 8th

Absolutely stunning and exhausting.  I think we all experienced the highs and lows of the Mahler concert.  Wondering if we were ever going to tie all the parts together with the other choirs, and then marvelling at the sound when they did. David was very patient with us and I think produced a fantastic performance. …

Two Amazing Concerts

Well despite worries over ticket sales we actually had a full cathedral for the Rachmaninov Vespers.  It was the perfect venue for such a piece, with the lovely acoustics adding to the haunting melodies.  The interspersion of the choral work with the Mozart cello pieces worked really well. Then we sang with the Leeds city…