Leeds Festival Chorus is a chorus singing to professional standards with 150 performing members in soprano, alto, tenor and bass sections.

Presenting classical choral music in Yorkshire and elsewhere in Britain, including at the London Proms and Manchester Arena, we also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio 3. Orchestras we work with include the English Chamber Orchestra, The Hallé, BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, the Orchestra of Opera North and Northern Sinfonia.

Simon Wright, our Conductor and Artistic Adviser, has earned considerable respect and acclaim for his interpretations of wide-ranging and challenging orchestral and choral repertoire. Rebecca Taylor is our highly regarded accompanist.

Founded in 1858, the Chorus was re-formed every three years for the Leeds Festival. Since 1985 we have been independent, giving a full annual concert programme.

We have a long tradition of commissioning and championing new music. Festival commissions or premières include A Sea Symphony (Vaughan Williams), Belshazzar’s Feast (Walton), Choral Symphony (Holst), The Fall of Jerusalem (Muldowney) and works by Dvorák and Elgar.

Singing members take an initial audition and the whole Chorus re-auditions every 3 years. Though serious about the quality of our music making, we enjoy our social activities too. We have an active Friends Group, and welcome new Patrons and Business Sponsors.

We support the Leeds Youth Choir, encouraging young people to enjoy singing classical music.

Choral music scores can be hired from our extensive score library.

Leeds Festival Chorus is registered charity no. 517127 and a member of Making Music, the national body that supports voluntary music societies.


Tonight we're rehearsing Berlioz's Damnation of Faust ready for our concert in May. Note for choir members: all singers needed for the first half of the rehearsal, the second half is gents only.

English tenor James Gilchrist tells us why Bach's St John Passion has stood the test of time and what it means to him.

James performs the role of Evangelist in the beautifully dramatic St John Passion with @ECOrchestra on Saturday 24 March @LeedsTownHall

Our next concert:
Bach St John Passion
Sat 24 March, 6.30pm @LeedsTownHall

With @ECOrchestra & fantastic soloists, including @JamesTenorGilch as the Evangelist
Christopher Purves
Lawerence Zazzo
David Wilson-Johnson

Happy International Women's Day! #IWD2018

Tonight we've been singing through Bach's St John's Passion ready for our concert on Sat 24 March @LeedsTownHall and practising acting out the meaning of the text. We get to be questioning, tormenting and humble (thankfully not all at the same time!)