Rush Hour Concerts

‘Beat the Rush Hour at Leeds Minster’               

If the prospect of traffic jams or a crowded bus or train journey home from work fills you with dread, then Leeds Minster has the perfect antedote. Throughout the autumn the church is hosting a programme of ‘Rush Hour Concerts’ designed to allow commuters the space to relax at the end of a busy day during the worst of the rush hour congestion.

The concerts are being offered on selected Monday evenings at 5.55pm. They last for 35 minutes, with tea and biscuits being available beforehand from 5.30pm. Performers come from a range of musical backgrounds, and include professional musicians who willingly give of their time to perform in the beautiful setting of the Minster’s nave. Other concerts include Leeds music students from the city and a vocal ensemble “Cantabile” from nearly Wakefield Girls’ High School.


The full programme is as follows:

2nd October     Ensemble Morfeo (Joanne Gamble and Kathryn Mosley)

(including beautiful and well-loved songs by Vaughan-Williams; Britten's little song cycle 'A Charm of Lullabies' and Rebecca Clarke's haunting ballad Binnorie.)

16th October    Cantabile, A vocal ensemble from Wakefield Girls’ High School

23rd October    David Bowen, Clarinet

30th October    Louise Alp, Soprano

13th Nov           Joanna Gamble, Mezzo Soprano

27th Nov           Arts@Trinity Flute Choir

11th Dec           Christina Jones, Soprano


The Minster is a much-loved and sought-after venue for concerts and recitals of all kinds. With the restoration of a fine grand piano, a wider variety of music is now possible in the church.

Director of Music at the Minster, Paul Dewhurst, says “We are delighted that such a great range of talented performers are keen to participate in this series of concerts which aim to provide a relaxed and informal performance space and to create an oasis of peace of people to drop into at end of a long and busy day.”

Admission to concerts is free with opportunity to donate to the work of the Friends of the Music of Leeds Minster.