Join St Matthew’s Orchestra and Choir  at one of their famous weekend workshops on 21 & 22 July 2018.  

We will work on Haydn’s Harmoniemesse and the weekend will be filled with music (and some hard work), culminating in an unforgettable evening performance, with professional orchestra and soloists.


F. J. Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Hob. XXII:14, was written in 1802 and is his last major work. The title roughly translates as ‘wind band mass’ (‘Harmonie’ being the German word for a wind band). It is ambitiously scored, calling for double winds (flutes, oboes, clarinets and bassoons), and double brass (two French horns and two trumpets), together with the usual timpani, strings, and organ. 
Haydn employs extensive choral writing throughout, and some wonderful solo passages. It is in his quintessential style, using signature ‘surprises’ and unceasing contrasts between loud and soft, suspension and release. 
It is both challenging and highly rewarding!

HOW MUCH?   The cost for the weekend workshop is £25 if paid for at the time of booking online or £27 on-the-day.   This includes music hire (a £5 refundable deposit will be required), full day of rehearsing, half-day pre-concert rehearsal, an unforgettable evening performance with professional orchestra and soloists, and a £5 voucher for audience ticket(s) for family or friends.

The day will be led by Josh Aljosa Skorja, who is rapidly making a name for himself as one of the most exciting choral conductors in the North of England. Josh studied musicology in his native Slovenia and conducting at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He is Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church, Chapel Allerton and leads the Pontefract Choral Society and York Cantores Chamber Choir.  The event will conclude with a concert at 6.30 pm on Sunday 22 July 2018 with a first half  performance of Beethoven's Eroica by St Matthew's Orchestra and a second half performance of Haydn's Harmoniemesse featuring the workshop choir,  St Matthew's Orchestra and talented young soloists from Rocket Opera.

If you have some experience of reading music or even singing in a choir—definitely yes!  And don’t worry, there will be ample time on Saturday to get familiar with the notes.    If you’re not sure, please do not hesitate to get in touch or, better still, simply come along, and find out. 


Saturday, 21 July 2018 

  • 10.00 am - Registration  
  • 10.30 am - Start
  • 1.00 pm - Lunch
  • 4.30 pm - Finish

Sunday, 22 July 2018  

  • 2.30 pm - Rehearsal with orchestra and soloists   
  • 6.30 pm - Concert   
  • 9.00 pm - Finish


St Matthew’s Parish Church, Chapel Allerton, Leeds - just off Wood Lane, LS7 3QF. 

Plenty of on- and off-street parking.  Easily reachable by public transport (2, 3, 3A, 48; 7A, 7S).


  • Still got questions?   
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Please do not hesitate to contact us.

HOW DO I APPLY?   Click on the button below and fill in the form.    When you have completed the form you will be given the option to pay online at the discounted rate.

Please apply by Monday, 1 July 2018.  Receipt of application will be acknowledged by e-mail.  We will do our best to accommodate all applications. Late applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis.