About the conductor: Simon Lindley
One of Britain’s leading choral directors and organists, Dr Simon Lindley was appointed Conductor of Sheffield Bach Choir in 2009 and, as such, is hugely enjoying the renewal of associations with the city where his grandmother was born – and lived until her marriage in 1916 – and in which two of his cousins have made their homes in more recent years.
Simon is the long-serving Master of the Music at historicLeedsParishChurch[to become Leeds Minster on Sunday 2 September 2012], and Director of St Peter’s Singers, one ofEngland’s finest chamber choirs. He is also Conductor of Doncaster Choral Society, to which post he was appointed in Autumn of 2010.
In July 2012 an honorary doctorate of theUniversityofHuddersfieldwas conferred upon Simon Lindley in recognition of his contribution to choral singing locally, nationally and internationally. He also holds a doctorate ofLeedsMetropolitanUniversityand honorary fellowships from a number of musical institutions including the Royal School of Church Music.
Simon’s earliest significant conducting experience was in the City ofLondonand atSt Albans– he retains to this day very strong links with both and his work with community choruses and brass bands is widely-acclaimed.
An extensive discography includes recordings with his Leeds-based choirs and two best-selling Naxos CDs as a solo organist including Handel Concertos with Northern Sinfonia.
One of Britain’s most popular musicians, Dr Lindley is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He has just completed two years of service as Grand Organist to the United Grand Lodge of England and is still in post as Provincial Grand Organist to the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
More information about Simon can be found on his personal website www.simonlindley.org.uk and on his Wikipedia site