Acclaimed Leeds Choir St Peter’s Singers, founded by Harry Fearnley in the Summer of Her Majesty’s Silver Jubilee Year, celebrates forty years of music-making on Sunday 25 June at 5.30 pm when the Singers present their Fortieth Anniversary Concert at Leeds Minster where rehearsals of this fine choir are still held late on Sunday evenings each week following Choral Evensong.

Right from the very first concert on a sunny Summer Sunday evening in June 1977 the music of Johann Sebastian Bach has been prominent in the repertoire of St Peter’s Singers and the Leeds group sustains an enviable reputation for its Bach performances. The 40th season will include on Good Friday 30 March 2018 a performance of Bach’s greatest masterpiece – the Mass in B minor – with the National Festival Orchestra and Soloists at 7.00 pm.

Prior to that milestone moment, the Singers are busy this Summer setting off with the Concert on Sunday 25 June at 5.30 in Leeds Minster with a programme of music including Bach’s Cantata 11 [also known as the Ascension Oratorio], Palestrina’s Missa Brevis and E J Moeran’s glorious Songs of Springtime – each of these three works was sung at the very first concert by St Peter’s Singers in June 1977.

Later this Summer, 2017, we will be at Fulneck Moravian Church on August Bank Holiday, Monday 28 August at 4.00 pm with Bach Cantatas 78 and 147 [the famous Jesu Joy of man’s desiring movement is heard twice in this work] as well as Handel’s Foundling Hospital Anthem of 1749. On Saturday 30 September the Singers will be at Holy Trinity Boar Lane for a Leeds Handel Festival Concert at 4.00 comprising all four 1727 Coronation Anthems and the Anthem on the Peace written, like the Foundling Hospital Anthem in 1749 when the composer was at the height of his very considerable powers.


A special lunchtime concert at Leeds Town Hall at 1.05 pm on Monday February 12 February 2018 will include glorious English music from exactly a century earlier in commemoration of the centenary year of the Armistice.