Music at Leeds Minster

'They who sing pray twice' 

St Augustine's aphorism contains an important truth. Music is at the heart of our life and spirituality at Leeds Minster. It enriches our worship, draws us towards something bigger than ourselves, raises our spirits, and teaches us about the mysteries which we encounter here but cannot quite put into words.

Choral music in worship is part of a long tradition within the Church of England, stretching back to the time of Henry VIII. Over the years this tradition has grown as more and more music has been composed, in particular for the service of Evensong. This is a daily service of prayer, readings and reflection for the early evening used by many as an anchor for their spirituality. Choral Evensong, which takes place daily in our Cathedrals and in many College Chapels and once or twice a week in many parishes such as ours, is now sung in churches all over the world. 

Leeds Minster has a long and glorious choral history, counting such famous figures as Samuel Sebastian Wesley and Edward Bairstow among its former Organists. The choir plays an integral part in our weekly programme of Services. Find out more...

Organ Recitals take place at Leeds Minster every Friday lunchtime at 1.00 pm, except in August when the recitals take place on Sunday evenings. Find out more... See also the well-known Organ Recitals Website for more detail.

The magnificent Minster Organ was dedicated on 25 January 1914.  Find out more... (including details of the specification).

Leeds Minster also boasts one of the finest bell-ringing bands in the country. The Band rings on a world renowned Taylor 12 with a tenor weighing in excess of 2 tons. Find out more...

As well as providing occasional back-up for the Choir of Leeds Minster, the highly-acclaimed St Peter's Singers add to the musical riches of both Minster and City with a programme of recitals and concerts encompassing a wide repertoire of mostly sacred choral music. Find out more...