Leeds Town Hall: Tuning up for a feast of music at lunchtimes

WAR MEMORIALS: St Peter's Singers will perform choral works associated with the First World War.
WAR MEMORIALS: St Peter's Singers will perform choral works associated with the First World War.
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Music lovers were today handed details of concerts that will add a touch of cultural class to their lunch hours.

The concerts are taking place at Leeds Town Hall on Mondays, with the first being held next week.

They get under way at 1.05pm and will each last for just under an hour.

And today organisers said they hoped the events – which boast free admission – would strike the right chord with the city’s workforce.

Leeds City Council music officer Alison Stockwell told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “These concerts are the perfect way to wind down from a hectic Monday morning in the office.”

The concerts, which run until April next year, consist primarily of solo organ recitals.

Alison is stressing, however, that they will showcase the instrument in a “variety of capacities”.

One highlight of the programme seems likely to be a UK premiere performance by Oxford organist Clive Driskill-Smith on September 30.

The University of Huddersfield Brass Brand, meanwhile, will be giving a Christmas concert on December 10, which is a Tuesday.

The St Peter’s Singers will present moving choral pieces associated with the First World War on February 17 while the Royal Northern College of Music prizewinner David Hardie will be the man in the town hall spotlight on April 7.

Next Monday’s opening date will see Leeds city organist Simon Lindley performing works by composers including Handel and Elgar.

The lunchtime events are being organised as part of the Leeds International Concert Season.

For further information, visit the www.leedsconcertseason.com website, e-mail music@leeds.gov.uk or ring 0113 247 8336.

The programme also features a link-up with this year’s Leeds International Film Festival.

Simon Lindley will be performing an organ accompaniment to a silent film on November 18.

Details of which film will be shown at the event have yet to be announced.

The annual council-organised film festival will be taking place between November 6 and 21.

Visit: www.leedsfilm.com for more details.

Leeds Civic Hall.

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