Leeds Cathedral (RC)
Cathedral Church of St. Anne
|Sunday||Sung Mass 9.30; Solemn Mass 11.00|
|Weekdays (sung in term time)||Sung Mass 17.30 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu); Vespers 17.10 (Tue, Wed)|
Music list www.dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk
Director of Music
Benjamin Saunders (since 2002)
There are five Cathedral Choirs comprising a total of 110 members: junior boys, junior girls, senior boys, senior girls and adults. These choirs sing eight choral services of mass and vespers each week and in excess of 300 services every year. Choral Vespers are regularly broadcast from the Cathedral on BBC Radio 3 and the choirs can also be heard on both BBC Radio 2 and 4. There have been several recent broadcasts on BBC television, including Songs of Praise and Midnight Mass. The choirs have made recordings on the Herald AV label and now enjoy international distribution with their new CD's on the Brilliant Classics label.
The Choirs of Leeds Cathedral are part of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme, the largest church programme of choral music for children and young people in the UK, currently enabling 2,500 children to access high quality weekly singing sessions. The Schools Singing Programme comprises a total of 45 school choirs, working in some of the most deprived areas of Yorkshire. Professional Choral Directors lead the inclusive development and training choirs in schools, supporting opportunities for talented young singers to audition for one of the six boys' and six girls' choirs based in Bradford, Keighley, Huddersfield and Leeds. Established in 2003, the Schools Singing Programme has to date worked with over 10,000 children and young people and the Leeds model has been copied widely by Anglican and Catholic cathedrals. As one of the largest youth programmes in the country, the catechetical, musical and educational rewards flow richly into the schools and the liturgical life of the Diocese of Leeds.
The original organ was manufactured by one of the most eminent English organ builders, Norman and Beard, and was built specifically for the Cathedral in 1904. Following a period of silence of around 30 years, Johannes Klais Orgelbau were chosen to reconstruct and enlarge the instrument to serve the requirements of the restored cathedral and new position of the choir. The organ was built in the workshops of Klais in Bonn, and transported to the Cathedral in July 2009 to complete the work in situ over a six month period. The project was under the supervision of Benjamin Saunders and David Sanger.
The tonal style is English Edwardian, and so all the historic 1904 pipework has been carefully restored on its original chests, with new pipework matching the original materials and construction methods. The organ now has seven divisions, controlled from a four manual console with 78 stops, and features a unique new system of allocating manual departments to keyboards.The inaugural concert was given on 16th May 2010 at 3pm by Benjamin Saunders.
Mgr Philip Moger (since 2008)
Bishop of Leeds
The Right Revd Marcus Stock (since 2014)
St Anne's opened in 1838 and was raised to Cathedral status in 1878. It was demolished due to city expansion and rebuilt on its rather restricted site in 1904. The architect, John Eastwood, produced an outstanding design in the Arts & Crafts neo-Gothic style.
The interior of the Cathedral was reordered and restored in 2007. The design focuses around the relocated Sanctuary with the new altar at its centre with a new ambo and cathedra. The choir has been relocated at the east end of the cathedral.