On Monday, Rachel joined the Tour d'Orgue celebrations at St Bartholomew's Church in Armley. The Tour d'Orgue is a series of pipe organ concerts celebrating Le Grand Départ from Leeds of the Tour de France 2014. The iconic St Bart's contains one of the most famous organs in the country built by the nineteenth-century German builder Edmund Schulze.
As part of the Tour d'Orgue, a new piece by Lebanese/French composer Naji Hakim was commissioned with funds provided by Leeds City Council through its Leeds Inspired initiative. The piece premiered on Monday, played by Prof. Graham Barber. There will be a further performance on Sunday 29 June at 5.00 p.m. The piece is called SINBAD Fantasy on Omani popular songs and draws on stories from 1001 Arabian Nights about this mythical Middle-Eastern sailor. You can find out more by clicking here.
"This was a fantastic event and I was really pleased to attend. It is great to see St Bart's and the Armley community celebrating Le Grand Départ and I hope people will attend the further upcoming Tour d'Orgue events. I'd like to say a huge thank you and congratulations to all those involved in organising this excellent series."