Thomas Leech – principal conductor of the choir – enjoys a reputation as an outstanding and inspirational choral director and organist. As the Director of the Diocese of Leeds’ internationally acclaimed Singing Programme he directs one of the most innovative and successful choral programmes in the country, involving some 50 schools and nearly 3000 children weekly, with its choirs broadcasting regularly on national BBC radio and television and enjoying international competition and concert success. Tom combines this with his role as Musical Director of Bradford Festival Choral Society and frequent appearances as a guest conductor and workshop leader, with recent projects as diverse as Paco Peña’s flamenco Requiem por la Tierra, Britten War Requiem, Mahler Symphony 8, Verdi Requiem, the choral soundtrack for the film London Fields, Leeds College of Music Chamber Choir and Gabrieli Consort and Players’ youth choir programme, Gabrieli Roar. His numerous recording credits include the complete choral works of Duruflé and complete organ works of Arvo Pärt for Brilliant Classics and he has broadcast on BBC1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Classic FM and Radio France. His educational work has most recently been recognised by the Worshipful Company of Educators’ Masters’ Award.
‘very accomplished and satisfying performances’ [gramophone]
‘Leech steers his choir to extract as much as possible from Durufle’s perfumed harmonic writing’ [choir and organ]