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Summer Organ Series – David Houlder

Sat 31 Jul, 11am

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David Houlder – Leeds Minster Organist

Phil Lehenbauer – Trumpet Tune in D
Philip Moore – Variations on Noël Nouvelet Listen
Franck – Choral No 3 in A minor Listen
Frantiszek Tuma – Three Pieces: Minuet, Siciliana, Gavotte Listen
Vernon Hoyle – In Green Pastures
Cochereau – Berceuse à la mémoire de Louise Vierne Listen
Vierne – Carillon de Westminster (Pieces de Fantaisie III) Listen

Programme duration approximately 50 mins. Please note there will be no interval.

This concert will also be live streamed.
>>> Tune in to watch the concert live on Saturday 31 July, 11am. 

David Houlder was born in Liverpool but is also a proud Prestonian. Educated at Preston Grammar School, he studied organ there with John Robinson, gaining his FRCO at the age of seventeen. He read music at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge for the MA degree, continuing his studies with Arnold Richardson in London. He embarked upon a teaching career as Music Master at Wirral Grammar School for Boys and from 1981 to 1999 he was Director of Music at Liverpool’s historic Blue Coat School.

In 1987 David was appointed Sub-Organist of Liverpool Cathedral, latterly combining that position with a freelance career both as recitalist and accompanist. He has played all of the cathedral organs in England and in 2001 he enjoyed a period as Acting-Assistant Organist of York Minster.

In November 2003, after nearly thirty years music-making on Merseyside, David accepted the position of Sub-Organist at Leeds Parish Church. In addition to accompanying the daily choral services, he directs two choirs and is organist to the St Peters’ Singers.

David specialises in organ and piano transcriptions of orchestral scores and is in great demand as accompanist to choral societies on both sides of the Pennines. He is chief accompanist to the Halifax Choral Society and Organist and Associate Conductor of the Doncaster Choral Society. His non-musical interests include shipping, railways and photography.

Support the series
The recitals remain free to attend, though booking is necessary for Covid-19 Test and Trace purposes.
As we move towards an exciting refurbishment project for the organ, donations to the retiring collection will directly support the scheme. Donations can also be made online at any time here.

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Coronavirus Information

In line with the Government’s third stage of lockdown easing, and building on the success of our 2020 pilot events to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our audiences and staff, Leeds Town Hall will re-open with the following measures in place:
– Hand sanitising stations on entry and around the venue
– Clearly marked one-way system around the venue
– Socially distanced seating arrangements with predetermined entrance times
– Socially distanced toilet facilities
– Face coverings: everyone is expected to wear a face covering unless excused for reasons of age, health or disability.

Customer contact details and the time they are present in our buildings will be recorded for NHS Test and Trace purposes. In accordance with NHS requirements this information will be held for 21 days and, if asked, will be provided to NHS Test and Trace. Information will be stored securely, in line with data protection laws, and will not be shared with anyone else. This data will not be used for marketing.


Admission is free.

Due to limited capacity and current social distancing measures, advance booking is required. We regret that booking tickets on the door is not currently an option.

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