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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 will miss her enormously and send our deep sympathy to her daughters Ellie and Laurie at this time.

The funeral service is at 11.00 am in Leeds Minster on Friday 29 July.

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