Music Director

Simon Lee is away on sabbatical leave during 2016 – 2018, studying for a Master’s degree in choral conducting at Yale University, US.
Meanwhile the choir is in the sure and safe hands of Peter Coulson…

biography and photo of Peter  Coulson, choir director during absence of Simon Lee on sabatical study leave in US, 2016-18

Simon Lee – Conductor, Educator and Tenor Lay Clerk

photo of Simon Lee, musical directorSimon was born and raised in Lancaster and began his musical career as a chorister at Lancaster Priory. He took up the clarinet aged 7 and five years later, the saxophone.
He studied music at the University of Leeds; as part of this he spent a year abroad, focussing on solo performance at the University of North Texas, where he sang with the acclaimed
A Cappella Choir.
During his time in Leeds he was Choral Scholar at St Anne’s RC Cathedral and founded and directed the award-winning vocal octet, Voctet.

Upon graduation in 2009, Simon moved to Durham to take up a post as Tenor Lay Clerk at the Cathedral, a role he continues today.
In 2011 he gained a Postgraduate Certificate in Primary Education at Durham University.
Currently he teaches classroom music in schools across the North-East, as well as teaching saxophone and clarinet both privately and to students at Durham University.

Simon has enjoyed four seasons (2012-16) directing Cappella Novocastriensis and is looking forward to working with the choir in the coming years.