“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 (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.
For now, the choir and instrumentalists will be dutifully practising their scales
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.
We cannot as yet provide any definitive programme for the future and latest Government guidance released over the weekend, limits singing, wind and brass playing in groups or in front of audiences to professionals only.
Given that one of Leeds Baroque's aims is to enable professional and non professional players and singers to work together this will be a major setback.
The National Federation of Music Societies "Making Music" (an advocate for the many thousands of amateur musicians in the UK) has started a campaign to raise awareness of the inconsistencies in this policy and as supporters of Leeds Baroque you might like to share their short video
The London International Festival of Early Music launch their competition for young Early Music Ensembles. READ MORE
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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From the Archives
An enquiry about the foundation of Leeds Baroque sent us back to find images of our early performances - and there are very few.
However we did find this (then non-digital) image taken at the National Centre for Early Music in July 2020. Note the historicaly informed sepia tint!
Photo Credit: Susan Behrens
If you would like to add to our photo archive and have images of our performance and would like to share them (particularly from early years) please contact the Administrator
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.
New Recordings released!
If you are missing Leeds Baroque Live join us over the summer for recorded extracts from our production of Handel's wonderful pastoral ode L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato
We are listed in the NCEM directory! www.ncem.co.uk/directory