Events in 2021
We'll circulate details of how to join the LOA online events below a few days before each event.
7.30pm Monday 29th March
‘Creators and Recreators - An English Passion’
LOA ONLINE EVENT
Composer Philip Wilby and librettist Canon Richard Cooper introduce their new setting of the Passion according to St Matthew.
An English Passion was composed for Matthew Owens and the choir of Wells Cathedral, and has been designed for a liturgical performance, to take place on Palm Sunday 2019. Scored for five soloists, double choir, and two organs, it also includes hymns to be sung by the congregation.
As the title suggests, it sets the Passion narrative against the background of an English context, rather as renaissance painters evolved a tradition of setting devotional images against natural landscapes. The famous religious paintings of Stanley Spencer have achieved a similar relevance, and our setting of St Matthew's text is counterpointed against the natural background of the English countryside. Accordingly, the melodies of the congregational hymns are taken from the collection of English tunes, published by Vaughan Williams in his 'English Hymnal' of 1906.
The Gospel text transcends any musical composition, just as Christ's Passion transports its witnesses to an internal space of contemplation... reaching out to all who share a common humanity, of all faiths and none.
7.30pm Thursday 8th April
A Great Online Organ Quiz!
LOA ONLINE EVENT
Join us and test your knowledge of the organ and its music!
LOA Member, John Riley, has put together a wide-ranging quiz covering the organ and music, including some lesser-known corners of the repertoire. There will be time to have a chat (virtually, of course) after the quiz.
Fridays at 1pm
Organ Recitals from Leeds Minster
Every Friday from 4th September until Christmas, regular Minster recitalists Christopher Newton, David Houlder and Alexander Woodrow, plus occasional guest players, will showcase a fabulous range of repertoire exploring the many diverse colours of the Minster instrument.
Mondays at 1pm
Organ recitals from Leeds Town Hall
Online organ recitals every Monday broadcast from Leeds Town Hall, given by Margaret Phillips, Thomas Trotter, Anna Lapwood, Alan Horsey, Gordon Stewart and Leeds City Organist, Darius Battiwalla, are available on the Leeds Town Hall YouTube channel and the Leeds Concert Season page.
Further LOA events, held online, will be announced shortly.