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Our community support programme

Leeds Festival Chorus is a registered charity with a history of working with good causes. We established, and continue to support, Leeds Youth Choir and provide scholarships for young aspiring choral conductors and composers.

We aim to bring choral music to the widest possible audience, particularly those who by reason of economic, social or other barriers would not usually come to our concerts. In 2017 we were fortunate to receive funding from two charitable trusts to enable us to provide subsidised tickets to a range of community groups. We are actively seeking funding from charitable trusts and corporate and individual patrons to enable us to continue our offering of subsidised tickets.

We are proud to be a partner organisation in the new Arts Together project, a three-year programme initiated by Opera North, which aims to bring the arts to new audiences within the disadvantaged communities in Leeds. We will support this project by offering the time, energy and commitment of our members through concerts and events.

Our two initiatives which further music education, are: -

Choral Composer Scholarship

Our first scholar joined us in 2018 on a two-year programme. Depending on funding we hope to open applications for our next scholar in May 2020.

Chorus Master Scholarship

In 2016 we received a grant from The Hobson Charity to establish our Chorus Master Scholarship which ran over three years. Under the guidance of our Conductor and Artistic Adviser Simon Wright, students received tuition and opportunities to conduct the Chorus in rehearsal and a performance. This valuable experience has helped each of our three scholars on their chosen career paths. The scheme is currently closed while we seek further funding.

 

To discuss any of these initiatives and explore how you or your organisation might support us please contact our Chairman, Andrew Kitchingman