Our Musical Director

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Our Musical Director grew up in Yorkshire and studied Music at Hertford College in the University of Oxford, where he held organ and choral scholarships. After a short period working in Cambridge and London, he was awarded the organ scholarship at York Minster, combining this with teaching at The Minster and St Peter’s Schools.

During his time there Lee gained the Choral Directing Diploma and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists. He is also a prize-winning holder of the Archbishops’ Certificate in Church Music.

In 2006, he was appointed Director of Music at the prominent church of All Saints Northampton, a position he held until May 2014. In 2007 he took on the position of Musical Director of the Northampton Bach Choir. Since beginning his freelance career in 2014 he has also worked as Director of Music at Olney Parish Church. Alongside us and the Northampton Bach Choir, he is also Musical Director with the Royal Leamington Spa Bach Choir.

With his choirs Lee has commissioned nearly one hundred 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. His choirs have also toured extensively throughout North America and Europe, and have performed in dozens of English cathedrals. He has also made a number of well-reviewed recordings. His most recent album contains a selection of Fauré’s choral music, Requiem Reflections, including the ever-popular Requiem.

He is an accomplished pianist and organist, and regularly gives organ recitals at St Mary’s Church, Wellingborough, where he is also Director of Music. Lee is also an active composer, and his studies at university led to the award of a Britten-Pears Scholarship to study with the current Master of the Queen’s Music, Judith Weir. His works have been performed at many of the major concert halls, cathedrals and churches across the country.

His predecessors as Musical Director of the Wellingborough Singers include Ian Runnells (2014-2015), Peter Marshall (1997-2014), Eric Tebbett (1994-1996), and founding conductor Stephen Ostler (1980-1994 and 2015-2017).

For more about Lee, please visit his website www.leedunleavy.co.uk