Music Director – Simon Lee

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Simon Lee recently completed a Masters degree in Choral Conducting at Yale University and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music under the tutelage of Marguerite L. Brooks, Jeffrey Douma and David Hill. During his time in Connecticut, he was conductor of the Marquand Chapel Choir at Yale Divinity School, the Morse Chorale and temporarily the Director of Music at St. Thomas’ Episcopal Church, New Haven. Born and raised in the northwest of England, Simon began his musical career as a chorister at Lancaster Priory. He studied clarinet and saxophone performance at Leeds University where he was also a choral scholar at Leeds R.C. Cathedral. Upon graduation from Leeds in 2009, he moved to Durham to take up the post of tenor Lay Clerk at the Cathedral there. Whilst in Durham, he completed a PGCE in Primary Education at Durham University, and having done this taught in schools across the north-east. Having returned to Durham in June 2018, Simon has rejoined the Cathedral Choir and the Cathedral’s Outreach Project and is concurrently pursuing a career as a choral conductor and tenor soloist. Alongside Cappella Novocastriensis, he also conducts the Neville’s Cross Community Choir, the Muckle LLP and Brewin Dolphin Office Choir and his own professional ensemble, the Northern Consort. He is Director of Academic Music and Choral Activities at The Chorister School. In 2017, he was a semifinalist in the American Choral Directors’ Association’s national Graduate Conducting Competition.