‘The Leeds Philharmonic Society is the senior choir in the city by date of foundation and by virtue of its continued and very distinguished programme sustained annually since 1870.’

Simon Lindley

Airedale Symphony Orchestra with The Phil

Press review: Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 29th February 2020: The lavish orchestral and choral forces assembled for this enjoyable programme of Broadway musical theatre and opera were led with tremendous aplomb by John Anderson, the Airedale Symphony Orchestra’s permanent conductor since 1989. Jerome Kern’s 1920s musical showboat ignited an electrifying evening. A medley of ‘hits’ contained within

Rich Pickings on Porgy & Bess

Press review Leeds Town Hall, 29th February 2020: This delightful and entertaining concert at Leeds Town Hall begins with Kern’s lively Overture for Showboat. It skilfully takes the themes of the show (largely romantic) and threads them in an alluring medley. Already the Airedale Symphony Orchestra are proving their high status. This is followed by another Showboat

The Kingdom in Ely Cathedral

Press review Ely Cathedral, 30th November 2019: Cambridge University Symphony Orchestra, Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Faust Chamber Orchestra and soloists: Eleanor Dennis (soprano), Jane Irwin (alto), Ed Lyon (tenor) and Gareth Brynmor John (bass) gave a fine concert on Saturday in Ely Cathedral. The work they performed was the relatively unknown ‘The Kingdom’ by Elgar. Conducted by David

The Kingdom at Leeds Town Hall

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 23rd November 2019: Sir Edward Elgar visualised his own devotional equivalent of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle. This would be a triptych of oratorios focussing on the life of the early Christian Church in Jerusalem. Accordingly, the Apostles and the Kingdom were premiered at Birmingham Town Hall in 1903 and 1906 respectively.

The Dream of Gerontius

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 1st June 2019: Cardinal John Henry Newman’s epic poem imagines the spiritual journey of Gerontius from deathbed to after-life. The text inspired Sir Edward Elgar to some of his most descriptive orchestral and vocal writing. Said Elgar at the time of the premiere at Birmingham Town Hall, on 3rd October 1900, ‘Gerontius

Dvorak’s Stabat Mater

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 16th March 2019: The 13th century Latin poem Stabat Mater (Sorrowful Mother) imagines the sorrow of Mary, Mother of the dying Jesus, during her vigil at the foot of his Cross. Of the many musical settings of the Stabat Mater, those by Rossini and Dvorak are constructed on the grandest scale.

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