Our Music Director Simon Lindley is having an enjoyable and busy summer.
After a holiday period through July interspersed with recitals in his home village at Fulneck and at Doncaster Minster, there was Annie at Leeds Minster’s Parochial School, St Peter’s CofE Primary, and a notably adventurous concert of Music with the Mystic Poets at the magnificent church of St Michael and All Angels, Headingley.
Other July activity included taking a rehearsal for the famous Colne Valley Male Voice Choir and organising a lecture at this year’s Southern Cathedrals Festival for the Church Music Society, of which Simon has been Secretary for 25 years.
August was fully back to work with the special Yorkshire Day service at Halifax Minster on Monday 1 August, four recitals on Tuesday evenings in and around Doncaster as part of Doncaster Choral Society’s fundraising and outreach as well as the start of the Overgate Choir’s jubilee season preparing for Creation.
Each Sunday in August there is an Organ Concert at Leeds Minster and Dr Lindley plays three out of this year’s four recitals at 6.30 each Sunday evening in the month. He also has a concert engagement on Saturday 27 August at Bainton Church near Driffield in the East Riding on the fine and newly-restored Victorian instrument there.
Rare church music by Handel is being presented at Fulneck Church at 4.00 on August Bank Holiday Monday with St Peter’s Singers and Principals of the National Festival Orchestra. Principal soloists are Claire Strafford, Helen Strange, Lucy Appleyard, Peter Condry and Quentin Brown with Alan Horsey as the organist.
At Leeds Minster’s Flora Leodis flower festival Keith Swallow is at the piano for a lunchtime concert on Friday 2 September and Simon at the organ at 3.00 and 7.00 the same day. On Saturday 3 September there is Choral Festal Evensong at Leeds Minster at 4.00 marking 175 years since the consecration of the present building in 1841. All are welcome. This will be Dr Lindley’s last service as Minster Organist, though as Organist Emeritus he will undoubtedly continue a degree of practical support of the Minster’s musical activity in the years ahead.
A special organ recital of music by Handel will find Simon at Holy Trinity Boar Lane Leeds (at the Southernmost end of the Trinity Quarter and very near Leeds City Station) – that’s on Thursday 8 September at 1.00 and the following evening, Friday 9 September, Simon is at the console at St Mary the Virgin Elland for a special organ concert at 7.30 pm. The programme marks some special 1916 anniversaries including the death of composer George Butterworth in the Battle of the Somme a century ago this summer and the birth of Simon’s teacher, organist, choirmaster, composer and soldier, Dr Bernard Rose OBE [1916-1996] Organist and Informator Choristarum at Magdalen College Oxford 1957-1981.
Leeds Town Hall Monday lunchtime concerts begin again on 19 September at 1.05!
With effect from 4 September, Dr Lindley will be doing some playing on an occasional basis at Halifax Minster to ‘keep his hand in’ and he will direct a Come Sing Fauré Requiem on Remembrance Sunday 13 November at 2.30 in Halifax Minster with the performance at 4.00. Any Overgate Choir Members will be most warmly welcome to participate.