Rhinegold Darius Battiwalla helps to celebrate Yorkshire

Maggie Hamilton

Celebrating Yorkshire Day in music

7:42, 24th July 2020

Darius Battiwalla gives a live organ recital at Leeds Town Hall as part of a celebration of Yorkshire Day on 1 August.

The Yorkshire Day programme will be broadcast live by East Leeds FM radio / Chapel FM Arts Centre from midday. It will be the first live performance at the Town Hall since the Coronavirus Lockdown, although with no live audience.

Battiwalla’s programme features works by composers most of whom have a direct link to Yorkshire. One of these – Philip Wilby – will be interviewed during the broadcast. Battiwalla will introduce his programme conversation with Chapel FM’s Director of Words Peter Spafford.

The organ in Leeds Town Hall was designed by Henry Smart and William Spark, and was built by Gray & Davison. It was first played, by Smart, at the opening of the Town Hall by Queen Victoria in 1858.

The organisers of the programme invite members of the public who love the Town Hall to share stories and comments for inclusion in the Yorkshire Day broadcast; email tony@headstogether.org or text 07305448989 by 6pm on Friday 24 July.

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