Thomas Leech, our Musical Director since 2008, enjoys a reputation as an outstanding and inspirational choral director and organist. As the Director of the Diocese of Leeds’ internationally acclaimed Schools Singing Programme he directs one of the most innovative and successful choral education programmes in the country, involving over 50 schools and around 3500 children weekly, with its choirs broadcasting regularly on BBC radio and enjoying international competition and concert success.
Tom combines this with frequent appearances as a guest conductor and workshop leader, with past and current projects as diverse as Paco Peña’s flamenco Requiem por la Tierra, Britten War Requiem, Elgar The Dream of Gerontius, Mahler Symphony 2 and Symphony 8, Verdi Requiem, the choral soundtrack for the film London Fields, the Gabrieli Consort and Players’ youth choir programme, Gabrieli Roar, Leeds College of Music Chamber Choir, Choral Director for the New London Music Society and Artistic Director for the 2018 Association of British Choral Directors’ Annual Convention. His numerous recording credits include the critically acclaimed complete choral works of Duruflé and complete organ works of Arvo Pärt for Brilliant Classics and he has broadcast on BBC1, Radio 2, Radio 3, Radio 4, Classic FM and Radio France. His educational work has most recently been recognised by the Worshipful Company of Educators’ Masters’ Award.
For more information visit his website www.thomasleech.com and follow him on twitter @thomas_leech
‘Leech’s outstanding performance…these performances would meet with Pärt’s unqualified approval’ [gramophone]
‘Leech steers his choir to extract as much as possible from Durufle’s perfumed harmonic writing’ [choir and organ]
Assistant Musical Director
Christopher Pulleyn, our accompanist and Assistant Musical Director, has worked with BFCS since 2010.
Chris is also resident accompanist for Greenhead College, Huddersfield, and regularly accompanies at Leeds College of Music, University of Huddersfield, and University of Hull.
Follow him on Twitter @kurisup