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19-Jun-2020

Accordion Concert & Podcast Takes Centre Stage in the Leeds International Organ Festival 2020 – UK

Leeds PosterThe Leeds International Organ Festival welcomes the classical accordion to its 2020 Festival with a special podcast and concert. The Podcast with Professor Owen Murray of the Royal Academy of Music was held on June 19th.

This will be followed up with a concert by his student Qianyu Zhang on Youtube on Monday June 22nd from 1.15pm onward. Both podcasts will be available online for up to one year.

The Leeds International Organ Festival is part of Diocese of Leeds Music, the largest choral and keyboard teaching programme in England for children and young people.

Each week 4,500 children from across the region meet together in around 100 choral groups, and since the pandemic, these groups continue to meet online.

Diocese of Leeds Music began an organ teaching programme in 2016 under the direction of David Pipe, previously the organist of York Minster. This now has 60 children from deprived backgrounds, with a large number of boys and girls from a rich diversity of ethnic heritages learning the instrument.

In the near future it is planned to offer the Classical Accordion, with a three year target of 60 students from economically deprived backgrounds enjoying free lessons in schools.

For details email: bensaunders@dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk
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