Audience Review: A wonderful rendition of this too rarely performed work. The orchestra were excellent and the chorus accomplished as ever, with many of their members taking solo parts. The main characters were superb, especially Stuart O'Hara in the role of Saul"
Charpentier: David et Jonathas March 2019.
Honorary Patron - Sir Alan Langlands: Musical Director - Peter Holman MBE: Chorus Master - Clive McClelland
Leeds Baroque directed by Peter Holman
Concert & Events Diary 2019
The Timpani Project
Thank You - we did it!
On behalf of all associated with Leeds Baroque this message comes with grateful thanks to all who have helped us achieve this ambitious goal of owning our own historically appropriate timpani.
We have been overwhelmed by the generosity, not just of those who pledged their financial support, but also those who gave their names to the campaign, and a back-room team who has spent the last 12 months supporting us with advice and technical know-how.
We are now able to commission our new instruments from the legendary firm of Henry Potter and Co and we hope they will be ready in time for our Bach programme in October. We hope you will all join us for their debut concert!
In the meantime let’s raise another toast – not just to timpani but to all those who helped us make this ambition a reality!
A message from Dame Evelyn Glennie
“The Leeds Baroque Orchestra is a national treasure and one that I whole-heartedly support. The vital need to have their own Baroque Timpani is key to their endeavour in providing consistently high level performances and to allow them an open door to perform all suitable repertoire without compromise. To have the timpani at hand, without energy, time and financial resources spent in locating and transporting suitable instruments will be an enormous boost in so many ways, not least the impact for their audiences. The addition of the Baroque Timpani will not only positively impact the current musicians of the orchestra but allow many percussionists in the future to experience a truly fascinating and historically important aspect of timpani playing.”
More audience comments on David et Jonathas
"Vocal soloists Daniel Auchincloss, Imogen Creedy, Stuart O'Hara, Bertie Yates and Bryan White made a terrific impression as did those soloists drawn from the chorus"
"The performance was really good and extremely enjoyable. Please pass on my compliments to both Peter and the orchestra who did a splendid job both technically and certainly from an interpretative perspective"
"... The balance / blend of the choir was superb: they’re a very talented group."
Leeds Baroque Choir & Orchestra is a period instrument performance group directed by Peter Holman. We specialise in music of the 17th and 18th centuries and give 3 or 4 concerts a year. Find out more...
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We spent a weekend recording audio samples for the website with recording engineer Colin Bradburne.
Thanks to generous grants from the Friends of Leeds Baroque and Leeds Philosophical & Literary Society we now have examples of our repertoire on line.
Leeds Baroque awarded a grant by Wade's Charity
We are delighted to announce that Leeds Baroque has been awarded a grant by Wade's Charity to support Leeds Baroque's audience development project.
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