Leeds & West Yorkshire

Leeds Symphony Orchestra instruments stolen

Thousands of pounds worth of instruments belonging to Leeds Symphony Orchestra have been stolen.

The theft of equipment, worth a total of £20,000, meant the group had to cancel a concert planned for Saturday.

The instruments, which included kettle drums and bass drums, were being stored in a van which was stolen from a compound in Yeadon, Leeds.

Martin Binks, orchestra conductor, said it was the first time they had had to cancel a concert in 40 years.

Mr Binks said the orchestra was due to perform in Knaresborough on Saturday night but the concert had to be cancelled at short notice because of the theft.

He said: "We only found out at 6pm and the concert was starting at 7.30pm. There was a big audience anticipated so there were a lot of disappointed people."

Leeds Symphony Orchestra, which was formed in 1890, is one of the oldest established orchestras in the UK.

With about 85 players, the orchestra performs 10 concerts a year in Leeds, Knaresborough, Wetherby, Harrogate, Horsforth and Ilkley.

West Yorkshire Police said a white Iveco van, registration number X851 ADK, was stolen from Kirkfield Industrial Estate on Kirk Lane between 17:00 GMT and 10:30 GMT on Friday.

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