Our Musicians

Meet our dedicated team of professional musicians who aim for high standards in choral music.

 

simon lindley

Music Director

Dr Simon Lindley

Besides his distinguished work with Overgate since 1997, Dr Lindley is Music Director of St Peter’s Singers, Conductor of Sheffield Bach Choir and of Doncaster Choral Society. Simon is Organist Emeritusof Leeds Minster, where he served as Master of the Music from January 1975 to September 2016 – a tenure longer than any other in that church’s long musical history. He is Leeds City Organist and continues in that role from April when Darius Battiwalla will succeed him as Host/Curator of the popular lunchtime organ concerts on Monday each week with effect from the season 2017/18. An extensive discography includes two best-selling Naxos CDs and many recordings at Leeds Town Hall with the Orchestra of Opera North.

Dr Lindley has sustained a very long connection with Halifax music, giving one of his first solo recitals here in 1969 and today serving as a Trustee of the Minster’s 900 Trust; he also assists regularly Minster Organist Graham Gribbin and Choir Director The Reverend Canon Hilary Barber.

In Summer 2012, he was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Huddersfield for his contribution to choral music locally, nationally and internationally; in 2001 he had received a similar award from Leeds Beckett University on account of services to the musical and civic life of his adopted city. Simon is an Honorary Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians, the Royal School of Church Music, the Guild of Musicians and Singers and of Leeds College of Music.

In Summer 2005 he received the Freedom of the City of London, where he began his career as an organist in the 1960s and in Spring 2006 he was the recipient of the coveted Spirit of Leeds award from Leeds Civic Trust. Last Autumn, Dr Lindley was presented with the “Leeds Award” at a special ceremony in Leeds Civic Hall. Simon’s work in many capacities for the RSCM has included directing courses on four continents. He visited Johannesburg and Pretoria in November 2014 for a week of choral directing and organ playing.

President of the Royal College of Organists from 2000 to 2003, Simon was President of the Incorporated Association of Organists from 2003 to 2005.

A former Grand Organist of England, Dr Lindley is currently in office as Grand Organist to Masonic Province of Yorkshire West Riding and of his Lodge, No 1311 as well as organist to the Richard Gill Chapter of Rose Croix Freemasons in Halifax.

His interests include writing, printing and typography, cooking, travel – especially rail travel –and local history. A number of his small- scale liturgical compositions and carol arrangements have achieved wide-spread provenance and recordings. Ave Maria appears on Katherine Jenkins’s recent CD Sacred Arias and Dr Lindley was privileged to have that performed on two recent papal visits to the United Kingdom – by His Holiness John Paul II in 9182 and His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in 2010. Simon’s organ music includes contributions to two significant publications – Fanfare for Francis [2007], music in honour of the 90th. birthday of Dr Francis Jackson CBE, and Echoes in memory of the late Dr Alan Spedding, MBE, the long serving Organist and Choirmaster of Beverly Minster.

alan horsey

Accompanist

Alan Horsey

Alan Horsey was born in the New Forest town of Fordingbridge and received his musical training at the Royal College of Music. Following posts in  Leeds and London he was appointed Organist at Bradford Cathedral in 1986, holding  this position with distinction until 2002. In 1997 he became Conductor of Ilkley and Otley Choral Societies.

He now pursues a freelance career as a continuo player appearing regularly with the Hallé, the Manchester Camerata and Kirklees Baroque. He is accompanist to Leeds Philharmonic Chorus as well as Overgate Hospice Choir and a very regular recitalist at venues including Halifax Minster and Leeds Town Hall.  Such spare time as Alan now has is devoted to pipe-organ restoration working with John R Clough and Son.