A dynamic conductor, organist and composer

Lee's passion for music knows no bounds

Whether giving organ recitals, accompanying on piano or organ, composing new music, or working with the more than 350 members of his four symphonic choruses, Lee brings music to life.

Lee was educated at Harrogate High School, where he played in the Wind Band, directed by the legendary Neil Richmond, and wrote music for his friends to play in solo and ensemble performances. In the sixth form he joined the choir of St Peter’s Church, Harrogate, later being appointed Organ Scholar, and there he found inspiration in the conducting and playing of the Dr Philip Wilby and Richard Hunt.

He read Music at Hertford College, in the University of Oxford, as Organ Scholar, and as manager and member of the Oxford University Orchestra, he worked with such esteemed conductors as Douglas Boyd, Peter Stark, Garry Walker and Sir Roger Norrington. Whilst at Oxford he was awarded a Britten-Pears Scholarship to study with the current Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir CBE, and he gave the première performance of no fewer than fifty piano works by North American composers, in a series of concerts he gave whilst president of the Oxford University Contemporary Music Group. He also held a choral scholarship at Worcester College, Oxford, and conducted, accompanied, and sang with, the Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford.

After working as Director of Music at Christ Church, Southgate in London, where he directed the choir in services and concerts, he was awarded the prestigious Organ Scholarship at York Minster, combining this with teaching at The Minster and St Peter’s Schools, and accompanying the York Musical Society and singing in the Micklegate Singers. At York he was privileged to work alongside Dr Philip Moore and Dr John Scott Whiteley, and worked with the fêted Dr Francis Jackson on performances of a number of his choral and organ works. During this period he was awarded the Associateship and Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists, as well as their Diploma in Choral Direction, and the Archbishops’ Certificate in Church Music from The Guild of Church Musicians.

In 2006, he was appointed Director of Music at the prominent church of All Saints Northampton, and in 2007 he took on the position of Musical Director of the 130-strong Northampton Bach Choir. With these choirs he has commissioned over 70 new works, including compositions by David Bednall, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, David Briggs, Sir Stephen Cleobury, Jonathan Dove, Michael Finnissy, Stephen Hough and Sir James MacMillan. The choirs have also toured extensively, from Canada and the United States to Austria, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, and Italy.

Lee has also made a number of critically-acclaimed recordings, most recently Notre Père (2012), Carol of Joy (2011), and Omnes Sancti (2010) with the Choirs of All Saints; Requiem Reflections (2017), I was Glad! (2012) and Congaudeat (2010) with the Northampton Bach Choir; and Be Merry! (2014), featuring seasonal works by contemporary American composers, with both All Saints and the Northampton Bach Choir.

Lee is also Musical Director of the 90 members of the Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir and the 80 members of the Wellingborough Singers, and is chorus master to the 80 singers of the Huntingdonshire Philharmonic, and since leaving All Saints in 2014 has held the positions of Director of Music at Olney Parish Church and St Mary’s Church, Wellingborough. He is also a staff accompanist at the Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust. With his four symphonic choruses he has explored the vast majority of the choral-orchestral repertoire, though he hopes that his first Beethoven Missa solemnis, which was unable to take place in March 2020 because of the Coronavirus outbreak, will be scheduled before too long.

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