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St Peter's Singers

Director: Simon Lindley

Kathryn Woodruff

true artist and true friend

Kate, for so long a stalwart and hugely-valued full-time member of Leeds-based St Peter’s Singers, passed away peacefully at home on Sunday 10 July following a short illness. She had returned home from hospital some weeks ago to the devoted care of Ellie and Laurie, to whom each and every member of the Choir send their thoughts and prayers at this time.

Kathryn’s solo singing at concerts, recitals and services by St Peter’s Singers over very many years enhanced these occasions to a remarkable degree and brought her great talent and visionary interpretations to a very wide public. In particular, her countless performances of Bach Cantatas and major works, Handel oratorios and, perhaps above all, her accounts of the music of the Angel in Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius were all hallmarks of her art, though there was so much other repertoire at which she excelled equally effectually and which will for ever be associated particularly with her.

The warmth and humanity of her singing equalled her great strength of character and her remarkable capacity for friendship. Additional to her artistry as a vocalist, were her great gifts as a teacher lavished upon generations of young Leeds musicians at the schools within she worked.

In more recent years Kathryn’s conducting and choral training with Horsforth Choral Society and Leeds Methodist Choir brought new friends and an invaluable new endeavour to both groups whose members flourished afresh under her leadership.

We miss her enormously and will honour her memory at the Good Friday concert, an event she so memorably graced with her wonderful artistry and radiant presence for so many years.

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Sacred Choral Classics

13th February 2017


Leeds Town Hall

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord

William Mathias

Christus factus est pro nobis

Feleice Anerio

Crucifixus (a 8)

Antonio Lotti

Beatus Vir

Claudio Monteverdi

Organ Solo


Beati quorum via

Charles Villiers Stanford

Bogoroditse dyevo

Sergei Rachmaninov

Expectans Expectavi

Charles Wood

Organ Solo


Ave verum corpus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Cantique de Jean Racine

Gabriel Faure

Organ Solo


Hosanna to the Son of David

Orlando Gibbons

Benedicite in G

Francis Jackson

Free Admission - Retiring Collection


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Making Music

Leeds City Council

The Friends of the Music of Leeds Minster

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