John Barnett

Leeds International Organ Festival launches online recitals

5:23, 6th May 2020

Leeds International Organ Festival launches LIOF Live on Monday 11 May.

The Festival, which presents lunchtime organ recitals, evening concerts, masterclasses and lectures from May to July, has postponed its full programme until 2021 due to Covid-19. Instead, this year it will present tracks from albums released featuring the booked organists.

Jonathan Rennert opens the season on 11 May with a programme of music by John Stainer, Harold Darke, Joseph Clokey and Reginald Porter-Brown. He will be followed by Rachel Mahon (18 May), Friedhelm Flamme (1 June), Angela Metzger (8 June), David Pipe (15 June), Quianyu Zhang (accordion, 22 June), Thomas Leech (29 June), Sean Montgomery (6 July) and Alessandro Bianchi (13 July).

All recitals are at 1.15pm and can be heard at lioflive.org.uk.

Meanwhile, a primary schools’ organ day booked into Leeds Town Hall for early July, which had 600+ children signed up before lockdown, has been postponed. David Pipe, who is LIOF artistic director, and director of the Diocese of Leeds Organists’ Training Programme, told C&O he hopes it will be possible to hold this on Tuesday 3 November instead. The event will feature WOOFYT workshops throughout the day (woofyt.org), with a lunchtime concert of family-friendly organ music, including film themes and more.

Further updates on the Festival can be found at leedsiof.org, and on the schools’ day at dioceseofleedsmusic.org.uk.

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