“Leeds Baroque Orchestra is a national treasure and one that I whole-heartedly support" - Dame Evelyn Glennie
Leeds Baroque directed by Peter Holman
Honorary Patron - Sir Alan Langlands: Musical Director - Peter Holman MBE: Chorus Master - Clive McClelland
Concert & Events Diary 2020
Covid-19 Concerts update
The announcement made by the prime minister last night (23/03.2020) will probably make this news almost redundant – but we wanted to contact all our Friends, audience and supporters to confirm the sad, but inevitable decision we have made to cancel our summer concert programme.
The concerts on June 6 at NCEM and on June 28 at Leyburn will now not take place. We hope however that these events are merely postponed and that we can fit them in to future seasons.
For those of you who had already booked for the concert at NCEM, their box office will sort out arrangements for ticket
Be assured that during this enforced interregnum the Leeds Baroque management team will continue to plan the forthcoming season so there will be a wonderful programme to look forward to in 2021.
The choir and instrumentalists will be dutifully practising their scales and some of the trickier corners of Messiah!
We will keep you up-to-date with our plans as the situation develops, but in the meantime, keep safe and well.
Bryan (Chair, Management committee)
and the Leeds Baroque committee.
Next Event: 25 Oct. 2020
Sunday 25 October 2020, 3.00 p.m.
Clothworkers’ Centenary Concert Hall, the University of Leeds LS2 9JT
Pre-concert talk 2:00pm: Dr David Vickers.
Leeds Baroque soloists, Choir and Orchestra, directed by Peter Holman
Messiah, the first work performed by Leeds Baroque, is a fitting conclusion to our 20th anniversary season. For this very special performance we welcome back some of our colleagues who have gone on from Leeds to make exciting professional careers. Peter Holman has chosen the fast-moving and dramatic version of the oratorio that Handel settled on in the 1750s, when he gave it annually to support the Foundling Hospital in London; it includes the rarely heard and dramatic soprano version of ‘But who may abide’, used at the Foundling Hospital in 1754.
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.
Music Matters on Saturday 28 March BBC Radio 3
Our musical director Peter Holman has just recorded an interview with Tom Service (via Skype!) about his new book Before the Baton. He tells us it was a slightly weird experience, but they managed to make the technology work. It will be broadcast in Music Matters on Saturday 28 March on BBC Radio 3, at 11.45, with a repeat on Monday 30 March at 22.00.
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