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The choir today

The choir is an all-adult ensemble of approximately 24 voices, singing three choral services a week (Thursday Evensongs and a Choral Eucharist and Choral Evensong each Sunday) with a wide-ranging repertoire. Eight Choral Scholarships are generously supported from the Edith Lill Bequest and the scholars sing alongside a committed and talented team of volunteer singers drawn from the locality. Find out more about joining the choir…

The Choral tradition at Leeds Minster

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 continues to play an integral part in our weekly programme of Services.

The Choir of Leeds Parish Church, as it then was, can be dated back to the early years of the 19th century when a choir was installed in the chancel by Revd Richard Fawcett, making it one of the earliest choirs to sing in an Anglican chancel since the Reformation.

For many years, under the leadership of many notable and distinguished musicians, Leeds was the only parish church choir in the country singing daily choral services, and the choir held its place within the “cathedral” tradition of the nation. However, it had become clear by the last years of the twentieth century that this was no longer tenable and in the autumn of 2015 the decision was taken to stand down the boys’ and girls’ choirs of the Minster (as the church had been created in 2012).