Cathedrals Group Choir Festival 2017: Hundreds gather in Leeds for powerful performances

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More than 300 singers and musicians gathered at Leeds Cathedral on Saturday to deliver powerful and inspirational performances as part of the Cathedrals Group Choir Festival 2017.

It is the first time the annual festival has been held in the city, and the choirs involved included the Leeds Trinity Cathedral Boys and Girls Choir and Skipton Camerata Brass; a 14-piece brass ensemble.

Cathedrals Choir Festival held at Leeds Cathedral, pictured during their morning rehearsal: University of Chichester Choir. Picture: James Hardisty.

Cathedrals Choir Festival held at Leeds Cathedral, pictured during their morning rehearsal: University of Chichester Choir. Picture: James Hardisty.

Among the highlights was a performance from 315 singers of Tu es Petrus by Sir James MacMillan and Salisbury Vespers by Bob Chilcott.

The festival is hosted by Leeds Trinity University and supported by the Diocese of Leeds Music Department.

Cathedrals Choir Festival held at Leeds Cathedral, pictured during their morning rehearsal: Newman University Choir. Picture: James Hardisty.

Cathedrals Choir Festival held at Leeds Cathedral, pictured during their morning rehearsal: Newman University Choir. Picture: James Hardisty.

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