Free weekly concerts return to Leeds city centre as the Leeds Lunchtime Organ series and Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music recital series begin again. Each features musicians from across the globe and a wide programme of music. All concerts last fifty minutes, making perfect the midday respite to hear world class performances for free.

Leeds Lunchtime Chamber Music concerts take place at 1.05pm every Wednesday from 2 October at The Venue, Leeds College of Music, and present twenty five concerts featuring some of the most talented young musicians at the start of their professional careers alongside students from the UK’s leading conservatoires and junior colleges.

The opening concert sees Japanese virtuoso pianist Maki Sekiya perform Chopin, Beethoven, and Liszt’s  La Campanella.  The series goes on to feature Flauguissimo Duo (27 Nov) who performs Baroque music on flute and theorbo, South Asian Arts UK (4 Dec) presenting Winter Sun, Indian classical ragas with flutes and tabla, Arcturus (12 Feb 2020) who performs Spanish string quartets, the Opera North Horn Trio (8 Apr 2020) and much more. The series also has a relaxed performance on 30 October, this year performed by lively New Orleans-inspired ensemble Back Chat Brass.

Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music is a much-loved  treasure trove of music, all performed on the magnificent Leeds Town Hall organ every Monday at 1.05pm.

New organists to the series include Thomas Gaynor from the US (7 Oct) Catherine Ennis of St Lawrence Jewry, London (28 Oct) and concert organist Sarah Baldock (20 Jan).

In November as part of Leeds International Film Festival Jonathan P Eyre (11 Nov) and Darius Battiwalla (18 Nov) improvise live organ accompaniment to silent films on the big screen. At Christmas the series welcomes back the University of Salford Brass Band (2 Dec), and the Leeds Cathedral Choirs (9 Dec) for a festive choral concert to include Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.

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