‘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

Assertive Mahler Resurrection from Bruckner Orchester Linz

Press review Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 29th April 2018: I guess it is probably a shrewd marketing move to brand your orchestra after the name of your town’s most famous musical son, but that can sometimes lead to a mistaken view of what you do. On their UK tour, the Bruckner Orchestra of Linz are doing almost no

Any fool who doubts good music is being made outside the M25 needs to hear the Leeds Philharmonic

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 25th November: There is a tendency among those in the Home Counties to imagine that music-making outside the London area is in some way inferior. What rot. The BBC, notably, maintains first-class orchestras in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Manchester. Sir Mark Elder’s tenure of the Hallé, also in Manchester, has been remarkable,

Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and Orchestra of Opera North

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 25th November: Malcolm Arnold’s Peterloo Overture sounds more like the incidental music for a docu-drama, but is no less compelling for that. The composer’s portrayal of the events surrounding the ‘Peterloo Massacre’ at St Peter’s Fields, Manchester, in August 1819, was played with a degree of swagger by the Orchestra of Opera

Exhilarating performance of Verdi’s Requiem

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 20th May 2017: Well over 300 singers and musicians were involved in this exhilarating performance of Verdi’s Requiem given as the grand finale to the 2016-17 Leeds International Orchestral Season. Conductor David Hill directed with an unerring sense of pace and balance the combined forces of Leeds Philharmonic Chorus, Leeds Festival Chorus

Authentic baroque style for a seasonal classic

Press review Handel’s Messiah, Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 10th December 2016:  Ever since the premiere of Handel’s Messiah at the Great Music Hall in Fishamble Street, Dublin on 13th April 1742, performances of this beloved work have veered between modesty of scale and overblown grandeur. The crispness of groundbreaking recordings conducted by Colin Davis and Charles Mackerras in

Creative spirits in Leeds: Orchestra of Opera North’s Mahler 8

Press review Leeds Town Hall, Saturday 4th June 2016: Opera North seems to be in a critical state of grace at the moment. Riding high on the success of its Ring, the company’s profile has been transformed during Richard Farnes’ ten years at its helm. More specifically, its orchestra is being seriously cited as Britain’s finest working

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