This is our history from our founding in 1858 to the present day. Scroll down to move forward through the decades.
The opening of Leeds’ impressive Town Hall is celebrated with the first Music Festival…
The second Leeds Music Festival takes place in 1874…
Michael Costa and George Alexander Macfarren
The Sullivan Years
Sir Arthur Sullivan had a long association with the Chorus from 1880…
Sir Arthur Sullivan
1900 – 1914
The Leeds Music Festivals in the first years of the new century give first performances of many works that have stayed in the repertoire…
Charles Villiers Stanford and Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
The Leeds Music Festival resumes after the First World War.
Gustav Holst and Sir Thomas Beecham
Belshazzar & the 1930s
The Leeds Festival’s greatest commission.
Eric Fogg, Malcolm Sargent and William Walton
The Leeds Music Festival resumes after the interruption brought about by the war.
Sir John Barbirolli and Jasca Horenstein
The triennial Leeds Music Festival continues and is televised for the first time.
Carlo Maria Guilini and Herbert Bardgett
The Chorus is “streamlined” and the Leeds Music Festival is no longer every three years…
Simon Wright, Donald Hunt and Alexander Goehr
A look at the events in one of the last Leeds Music Festival.
The cover of the programme booklet
The Last Festival
The 1980s bring the end of the Triennial Leeds Music Festival and the Festival Chorus starts on its independent existence.
Sir Mark Elder
The Chorus, continues to commission new works as well as sing the old favourites…