The Diocese of Leeds Organists' Training Programme was created last year to provide high-quality organ tuition within the Diocese of Leeds in northern England (including Leeds, Bradford, Huddersfield, Harrogate and Wakefield), and with the ultimate aim of building links further afield. It has been set up following the success of the Schools' Singing Programme, which delivers the UK’s largest church music programme to over 3,000 children across Yorkshire every week.
The Director of the Organists’ Training Programme is David Pipe, who is also Cathedral Organist. He teaches around thirty pupils each week, with ages ranging from eight to mid-seventies!
The Programme is in partnership with the Royal College of Organists, who will be working closely with the Diocese of Leeds to prepare their new syllabus of entry-level qualifications to attract and encourage school pupils.
David Pipe comments, “I’m delighted that St Bede’s and St Joseph’s Catholic College has offered so much encouragement for learning the organ. I’ve been really impressed with the pupils’ approach to lessons, and hope that some may go one to be offered organ scholarships at universities such as Oxford and Cambridge.”
We’re always pleased to hear from prospective organ pupils, so please do speak to Mrs Ross-Shaw if you’re interested.