Musical Director - Patrick Lee GRSM, LRAM

PJLeeFormalPatrick's musical education was at The Royal Academy of Music (1968-71), followed by a post-graduate year at London University Institute of Education. Having been Head of Music in three different schools, he retired as Deputy Head at Crawshaw School, Pudsey in 2006 and now writes and performs music full time. He directed a school big band, “Connexion”, from 1978 until 2005, writing and/or arranging most of the repertoire. Between 2004 & 2012 he also worked with a jazz quintet as composer, arranger and pianist, performing at a variety of public and private events.

Patrick is an accomplished composer & arranger having won the biennial Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival Composition Competition in both 2010 & 2012. One of his winning entries, a male voice choir setting of John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields”, comes from the larger work “Sacrifices”, which was premiered in Ripon Cathedral, on November 15th 2014. Patrick wrote this oratorio-type piece specifically to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War 1 and“In Flanders Field” is now included in the choir’s repertoire.

From May 2012 to December 2013 Patrick was Musical Director of Micklefield Male Voice Choir and took over the baton as the Musical Director of Harrogate Male Voice Choir in April 2014

Accompanist – David Mawson PhD, LRSM, LTCL, LMusA

David Mawson2Born in New Zealand, David holds a MusB Hons and MMus degree from the University of Otago, a PGDipMus in piano performance from the RSAMD and a PhD in practice-led performance research from the University of Leeds. He has been awarded numerous music prizes and scholarships and as a pianist has broadcast on New Zealand radio and television. He has taught piano and music history at the University of Otago and the University of Leeds, and has served as Administrator and Trustee of the Leeds International Pianoforte Competition and as Coordinator of the AHRC Research Centre for Musical Performance as Creative Practice (CMPCP) based at the Faculty of Music, University of Cambridge. David has been the choir’s assistant accompanist since October 2015.

Contacts / Choir Officers : 2016 / 17

President: Marilynne Davies BA,MEd,LRAM,PGCA,FRSAVice President: Michael Clipston
Chairman: John Melanaphy. 01423 530945Secretary: Roger Gill 01423 780365
Treasurer: Elwyn Pickering.
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Concert Secretary: Tony Wren. 01423 528929Members Representative & Website Editor: Brian Holmes
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Publicity/PR Officer: Max Ford
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Member without portfolio: Neil Duncan
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Member Ex Officio: Patrick Lee : Musical Director
01943 870255
Member Ex Officio: Recruitment Co-ordinator Tony Goodall. 01423 501055

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