"[The performance] was a life enhancing jewel in the sea of mediocrity which surrounds us!"
Christine Stanton (2014)
Honorary Patron - Sir Alan Langlands: Musical Director - Peter Holman MBE: Chorus Master - Clive McClelland
Leeds Baroque directed by Peter Holman
Concert Diary 2019
Saturday 16 February 2019 at 1:00pm
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall,
University of Leeds
Leeds Baroque launch
The Baroque Timpani Project
Much of our core repertoire requires period instrument timpani - instruments that are hard to find in our region. To remedy this problem, and with the help and advice of Adrian Bending (principle timpanist for OAE and Professor of Timpani at the Royal College of Music) Leeds Baroque is launching a crowd funding campaign to commission a set of Baroque timps, which in addition to our own use will be made available to other period instrument groups. The instruments will be made by the legendary historical instrument makers, Henry Potter & Co.
An Invitation ...
You are cordially invited to join us for a free short lunchtime recital performance of Henry Purcell's Sound the trumpet, beat the drum - a Welcome Ode for King James II followed by an informal reception and an introduction to our ambitious Timpani Crowd Funding project.
We hope you will join us and be part of this exciting enterprise.
Tickets are free - but please book in advance
Adrian Bending demonstrates the instruments we hope to acquire.
Sunday 3 March 2019
Clothworkers Centenary Concert Hall
University of Leeds
Image: "David and Jonathan",
La Somme le Roy
manuscript illustration (ca. 1300)
Marc-Antoine Charpentier: David et Jonathas (David and Jonathan), H. 490.
A rare opportunity to hear this dramatic 'biblical opera' first performed at the Collège Louis-le-Grand, Paris, in 1688. This work was so successful it had further performances in 1706, 1715 and 1741.
Tickets £18/£20 free to students
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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Listen here ...
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.
Peter Holman to direct workshop for North East Early Music Forum.
Saturday 4th May 2019.
English Coronation Anthems
by John Blow and Henry Purcell
A workshop for voices, strings and continuo, A= 415
St Benedict’s RC Church, Garforth, Leeds LS25 1PX
All welcome - voices (SATB) and to players of violin, viola and cello, preferably Baroque ones. We shall play @ A= 415. There are also parts for a lutenist, theorbo player and a bass viol as continuo. A competent keyboard player who can read figured bass is also sought. Download application form from the NEEMF website
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.
Daniel Auchincloss to sing the role of David
Daniel is making a return visit to Leeds to sing the chalenging haute-contre role of David in the forthcoming production of Charpentier's David ed Jonathas.
... and his voice is full of beautiful nuances…
Adrian Bending's article on historical timpani available on the EMS web site HERE (page 13)
We are listed in the NCEM directory!