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This history of classical music in Leeds has been divided into different topics to cover the huge subject matter.

The opera section describes the growth of opera in Leeds from when ballad opera was fashionable in the eighteenth century, through the opening of the Grand Theatre, the early opera companies, the move towards a national opera company for the north, to the development of Opera North.

Leeds International Piano Competition looks at the development of the competition as well as some of the issues and facts behind it.  Other sections look at the Albion Street Music Hall, the development of the triennial festivals and the Town Hall organ recitals.

Amateur Operatic, Orchestral and Choral Societies looks at some of the societies which have had an impact on the musical life of the city, including Leeds Symphony Society and West Riding Opera.  Orchestral and Subscription concerts are described as well as the development of Leeds based professional orchestras and orchestral concerts in Leeds following the demise of the Yorkshire Symphony Orchestra.  Finally a look at Leeds music people gives an insight into some of those who have been instrumental in developing classical music in the city.
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Paradise Moscow, Opera North, 2001
Paradise Moscow, Opera North, 2001
Leeds International Piano Competition, final, 2003
Leeds International Piano Competition, final, 2003




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