Organist returns to Yorkshire with Llandaff Cathedral Choir

Organist Jonathan Bielby will be treating Ripon Cathedral, Leeds Minster, Wakefield Cathedral and York Minster to a spectacular choral display between the 10th and 13th July as he tours Yorkshire with Llandaff Cathedral Choir.

Picture of Llandaff Cathedral Choir

On their visit, Bielby and the choir will perform songs by both Welsh and Yorkshire composers including Thomas Tomkins, Simon Lindley and Bielby himself, along with favourites by Schubert, Ireland and Kelly.

For the final night of the tour in York Minster, the choir will be accompanied by James Bowman CBE, the internationally renowned counter-tenor, promising to make a remarkable performance.

Bielby was the former Organist and Director of Music at Wakefield Cathedral, earning himself the title of the longest serving Organist for an English cathedral after working in Wakefield for 40 years, between 1970 and 2010.

He was awarded an Honorary Fellowship by the Guild of Church Musicians in 2004 and was made an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours in 2011.

Revd Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales and Bishop of Llandaff, said, ‘I am delighted to commend the choir of Llandaff Cathedral to you as it begins its tour of the North of England.

‘Under the direction of Jonathan Bielby, the choir is flourishing and I hope that you will have a chance to hear it as it sings in churches and cathedrals which pride themselves on their musical excellence.

The Llandaff Choir, usually singing with the £1.6 million new organ made by Nicholsons at the Cathedral in Cardiff, have had two television appearances this year, giving them wide national coverage.


The choir will be a part of the services below which will be free to attend.

Friday 10th July - Ripon Cathedral, 6:00pm (Evensong)

Saturday 11th July - Leeds Minster, 12:30pm (Lunchtime Concert)

Sunday 12th July - Wakefield Cathedral, 11:00am (Eucharist); and 3:30pm (Evensong)

Monday 13th July - York Minster, 5:30pm (Evensong) 

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