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Leeds Classical Music
"Leeds is one of the most active centres of music in Great Britain. Her citizens have been involved in cultural activities at every level, and the wealth of musical opportunity that has developed testifies to a long tradition of community responsibility."
The Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians

The City is musically renowned for its great choral Triennial Festivals (founded in 1858),  the International Piano Competition (held triennially since 1963), as the home of Opera North (founded in 1977), and for the Leeds International Concert Season -  Great Britain's largest Local Authority-sponsored music programme.

The history of classical music in this great City begins in early 18th Century Leeds - then a prosperous and attractive market town straddling the leafy banks of the River Aire.  We will visit the Kirkgate Assembly Room and Albion Street Music Hall - social and cultural centres of Georgian and early-Victorian Leeds.  Our jouney continues through the 19th Century industrial City to the vibrant and cosmopolitan centre of musical excellence that is Leeds at the beginning of the new Millennium.


Leeds Classical Music researched and written by Geoffrey Mogridge

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Paganini at Leeds Music Hall, 1832
Paganini at Leeds Music Hall, 1832
Leeds and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus's with the BBC Philharmonic, May 2007, performing Elgar's The Apostles.
Leeds and Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus's with the BBC Philharmonic, May 2007, performing Elgar's The Apostles.
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, conducted by James MacMillan, Leeds Town Hall, January 2008.
National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain, conducted by James MacMillan, Leeds Town Hall, January 2008.
City of Leeds Youth Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Scarfe at Leeds Town Hall
City of Leeds Youth Orchestra, conducted by Douglas Scarfe at Leeds Town Hall




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