New works

Many new works were specially written for Leeds Festival Chorus or performed in Leeds for the first time.  Most of these were conducted by the composer including St Ludmilla (Dvorák) and Caractacus (Elgar).  Belshazzar’s Feast, however, was conducted by Malcolm Sargent.

1858The May QueenWilliam Sterndale Bennett
1877JosephGeorge Macfarren
1880The Martyr of Antioch
The Building of the Ship
Arthur Sullivan
John F Barnett
1883King David
97th Psalm
George Macfarren
Alfred Cellier
Joseph Barnby
1886The Golden Legend
The Story of Sayid
The Revenge
St Ludmilla
Arthur Sullivan
Alexander C Mackenzie
Charles Villiers Stanford
Antonin Dvorák
1889St Cecilia's Day
The Sword of Argantyr
The Voyage of Maeldune
The Sacrifice of Freia
Hubert H Parry
Frederick Corder
Charles Villiers Stanford
William Creser
1895Invocation to Music
The Forsaken Maiden
Hubert H Parry
Arthur Somervell
1898Te Deum
Ode to the Passions
Ode "A Song of Redemption"
Ode "Music"
Charles Villiers Stanford
Edward Elgar
Frederic Hymen Cowen
Alan Gray
Otto Goldschmidt
1901The Blind Girl of Castel CuilléSamuel Coleridge-Taylor
1904Queen Mab
Five Songs of the Sea
The Witch's Daughter
A Ballad of Dundee
Josef Holbrooke
Charles Villiers Stanford
Alexander C Mackenzie
Walford Davies
Charles Wood
1907Stabat Mater
Intimations of Immortality
In Springtime
Toward the Unknown Region
Two Folk Songs
Sea Wanderers
Charles Villiers Stanford
Arthur Somervell
(Alfred) Herbert Brewer
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Rutland Boughton
Granville Bantock
1910A Sea Symphony
Songs of the Fleet
Ralph Vaughan Williams
Charles Villiers Stanford
1913On a May Morning
The Mystic Trumpeter
Basil Harwood
Hamilton Harty
1922Ode to DeathGustav Holst
1925First Choral Symphony
The Eagle
Gustav Holst
Albert Coates
1931Pervigilium Veneris
The Seasons
Belshazzar's Feast
Frederic Austin
Eric Fogg
William Walton
1934La Belle Dame Sans Merci
The Blacksmiths
Cyril Scott
George Dyson
1937In Honour of the City of London
William Walton
Lennox Berkeley
1953Choral ScenePhyllis Tate
1958The Vision of JudgementPeter Racine Fricker
1961Sutter's GoldAlexander Goehr
1967EpithalamionRichard Rodney Bennett
1970LuminaDavid Blake
1983Choral SymphonyEdward Cowie
1989The Red MaculaMichael Berkeley
1993A Song of LibertyDmitri Smirnov
2000The Fall of JerusalemDominic Muldowney
2004ChristusMarkus Stockhausen
2005Canticum CantoricumPeter Maxwell Davies
2007The Bells of London TownGeoffrey Kinder
2008A Shakespeare RequiemJudith Bingham
2014Deus noster refugiumJames MacMillan

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!)