The 11th Coffee Concert season at St James


Saturday October 3rd sees the start of the coffee concert season at St James the Great Church, Church Lane, Manston, Crossgates. LS15 8JB. At all coffee concerts refreshments are provided from 10:15am then there is a short concert of approximately 30mins. The cost is only £2! At the moment all money raised is going towards the cost of a new roof for the church hall.

We start the season on October 3rd with a concert given by The Leeds folk fiddle group

Leeds Folk Fiddle Group rehearse every Thursday at Yorkshire College of Music and Drama and the current members are Ian, Rob, Eleanor, Owen, Julie, Jill, Alex, Jane, Lizzie, Neil, Steve, Frank and Louise. They are mainly fiddle players and violinists but there are also three guitarists and a double bass player. They would be happy to meet other fellow players of any instruments who would enjoy playing with them. The group is coached by Leeds violin teacher, principal of Leeds Violin School and fiddle player Iveta Hlavenkova



On Saturday November 7th we see the welcome return of Helen Wright to our coffee concerts. Helen is well known in the area for accompanying children at Manston St James‘ Primary and singing with the choir and music group. She is also the conductor of the choir Tadchorale and Musical director of Tadcaster Theatre Group, both based in Tadcaster. However on this occasion we will be listening to her beautiful pure solo singing voice! Expect a great mix of songs, from classical to songs from musicals.


 On Saturday December 5th we see the return (by popular demand) of Christopher Newton. Chris gives many recitals and regularly contributes to the Friday lunchtime series at Leeds Minster. He plays for University degree ceremonies, and is an accompanist for visiting choirs at cathedrals throughout the country. This year’s visits include playing at Chester, Durham, Ely, St Edmundsbury, Manchester, and Ripon Cathedrals, and at York Minster. Another date not to be missed!




Saturday 9th January sees the return of flautist Alison Battye. The last solo recital Alison did was in April 2010 so we are really looking forward to hearing her beautiful playing again. Expect haunting melodies.


 Saturday 6th February will be a concert of duets. They could be singing, piano, instrumental etc. A mix of music suitable for the Valentine season of love!

Saturday March 5th we welcome back Intermezzo. A group of singers from the East side of Leeds and Thorner. They describe themselves as flexible entertainment! Intermezzo members sing in various church choirs, and their link together is with Tim Knight, in his choirs: The heritage Singers, and The Masterworks Chorale.


 Saturday April 2nd will be Heather Woodhead. Heather is a singer and guitarist who sings around the folk clubs in West Yorkshire and beyond. In February she was the guest at a folk club in Queens, New York. Her coffee concerts tend to have theme. Recent past themes have been ‘lullabies’ and ‘a walk through a day in the 1st world war’.


Saturday May 7th will be a concert by Fulneck Glee (TBC) – Founded in connection with Fulneck Sunday School Cricket Club on 19th. August 1910 this is the last remaining glee group in Leeds. If you don’t know what a glee society is find out more by coming along!


Saturday June 4th the Rossenby Duo (TBC) will be our guests.

Matthew is a pianist and organist who is currently the director of music at St Martins, Potternewton and teaches piano. Matthew is also the accompanist for the Heritage Masterworks Chorale and Horsforth Choral Society.

Fiona is a violinist and soprano singer. Brought up in Scotland, she has played the violin for 12 years and is the former leader of the Highland Youth String Orchestra. Fiona now sings with Masterworks Choral, the Heritage singers and the choir of All Saints Pavement in York.



Saturday July 2nd we finish our 11th series of concerts with singer Pat Bruce. A singer from Scholes.

 Coffee Concerts are planned with 4 objectives in mind:

  • Providing a place for people to come together for coffee/tea
  • Providing a mixture of different types of music
  • Giving local or up and coming artists an audience
  • Raising some money for St James Church/Church Hall

In the past we have had solo artists, clarinettists, flautists, school bands, school choirs, bands, singers, organists, pianists etc. If you would be interested in doing a concert please get in touch: