Bishop launches new Leeds Organ School
Bishop of Leeds the Rt Rev Marcus Stock launched the new Diocese of Leeds Organ School with a service at Leeds Cathedral on 17th May 2016.
The new Organ School is a partnership between the Diocese of Leeds Music Department and The Royal College of Organists.
Benefiting from generous funding from the Liz and Terry Bramall Foundation, the initiative seek to build on the success of the Diocese of Leeds Schools Singing Programme, reaching children and adults throughout Yorkshire with a programme of regular structured teaching and workshops.
Parishes in the Diocese have invested heavily in recent years in many new or restored organs and Leeds Cathedral has a world class instrument that was augmented in 2010 by Klais of Bonn.
Speaking at the official launch, the new Director of the Diocese of Leeds Organ School and Organist of Leeds Cathedral David Pipe said: “The Diocese of Leeds Organ School is a hugely exciting and important initiative.
“The diocese already has the largest church music programme in the United Kingdom, with 58 choirs comprising over 2500 children meeting weekly.
“Our aim is to mirror that success by creating the largest and highest quality schools organ teaching programme in the country.”
Royal College of Organists President Philip Moore said: “The Royal College of Organists is delighted to be associated with a project which has the potential to reach out to so many young musicians across the region.”
Benjamin Saunders, Director of Music, Diocese of Leeds, welcomed David to the team, adding: “David’s broad experience, most recently at York Minster and in school teaching, provides a sure foundation on which to develop this exciting new venture and to inspire the next generation of church musicians.”