Lunchtime Concert 10/04/2015
Dr Simon Lindley, Leeds City Organist, played our1877 Harrison & Harrison organ
In Dr Lindley's own words:
A warm welcome from God's own county – the county of broad acres – and from my lovely home at the confluence of the West Riding's rural and industrial heart lands, just off Junction 27 of the M62.
Duties as Organist & Master of the Music at Leeds Minster and as City Organist are complemented by work for Leeds City Council's Department of Learning & Leisure. It was the Parish Church appointment that brought me to the North of England in succession to Dr Donald Hunt more than thirty years ago.
Other musical activity includes organ concerts and recitals, organ and piano accompaniment, choral and orchestral conducting (especially of St Peter's Singers and Chamber Orchestra), writing and speaking about music. I am also active as a choral arranger and, to a degree, as a composer – albeit a somewhat reluctant one – with many arrangements and editions and compositions in print of which by far the majority were produced especially for friends and colleagues in the world-famous Choir of Leeds Parish Church, now Leeds Minster.
The life of a musician is profoundly fulfilling, yet often demanding and frequently challenging – it is, however, absolutely never dull! Many of my interests reflect sustain close relationships with music – among them are cathedrals and churches, local history, printing, typography, walking, cooking and travel – especially rail travel.
Phillip McCann played the cornet.
Phillip is one of the best-known names in the Brass Band world. He was born in Bo’ness, Scotland, where he began his playing career with the Kinneil Colliery Band. He held the position of leader with National Youth Brass Band of Great Britain for five years. His long tenure as Principal Cornet at Black Dyke was during the band’s world-beating period. His acclaimed series of CD Chandos recordings – The World’s Most Beautiful Melodies – is universally admired for the exquisite tone and musical expression in the playing; these recordings are featured regularly on BBC Radio and on Classic FM. Other broadcast credits recently have included an interview with Richard Baker’s informative Comparing Notes series.
Phillip’s unique style and tone quality has been used by composers to combine with orchestra for film/TV soundtracks such as Anna of the Five Towns, Woman of Substance and the immensely popular BBC TV series Hetty Wainthropp Investigates – the latter receiving an Ivor Novello Award in the category of Best Music commissioned for a Broadcast Production.
He has toured extensively both as a recitalist and for master-classes throughout the world and is a Yamaha Artist, assisting the Corporation in the development of their range of brass instruments.
Phillip is firmly committed to the teaching of brass band music and is Head of Brass and Woodwind at the University of Huddersfield and conducts both the Symphonic Wind Orchestra and the acclaimed Brass Band comprising undergraduate students, whose standard is the result of universal and increasing acclaim.
Although Phillip’s main activities continue to be a soloist and teacher, in recent years he has progressively increased his commitments as a conductor, being the founder of the Sellers International Band. At the All England Masters Championship, 2003 Phillip was the recipient of the Masters’ Dedicated Service Award. Additionally in 2003, in recognition of his prominent position as cornet soloist and band trainer and his resourcefulness in teaching so many brass players of the younger generation, Phillip was awarded The Mortimer Medal from The Company of Worshipful Musicians. His most recent accolade being in September, 2013, the recipient of The Iles Medal once again from The Worshipful Company of Musicians, now being, uniquely, the recipient of both these highly prestigious awards.