Simon Lindley was appointed Conductor of Sheffield Bach Choir in 2009 and, as such, is hugely enjoying the renewal of associations with the city where his grandmother was born – and lived until her marriage on 20 June 1916 – and in which two of his cousins have made their homes in more recent years. Simon is to give a special organ concert on the centenary anniversary of that occasion in support of Bach Choir funds; details will be available after Easter.
Dr Lindley served recently as Centenary President of Sheffield Organists’ and Choirmasters’ Association, founded in 1913. Simon is a former President of the Royal College of Organists and of the Incorporated Association of Organists. He is the long-serving Master of the Music at historic Leeds Minster [as the Parish Church of Saint Peter-at Leeds became on Sunday 2 September 2012], and Director of St Peter’s Singers, one of England’s finest chamber choirs – based at the Minster since its formation in 1977. He is also Conductor of Doncaster Choral Society, to which post he was appointed in Autumn of 2010 and Music Director of Overgate Hospice Choir, Halifax.
In July 2012 an honorary doctorate of the University of Huddersfield was conferred upon Simon Lindley in recognition of his contribution to choral singing locally in Yorkshire, nationally and internationally. He also holds a doctorate of Leeds Metropolitan University and honorary fellowships from a number of musical institutions including the Royal School of Church Music, the Guild of Church Musicians and Leeds College of Music.
Simon’s earliest significant conducting experience was in the City of London and at St Albans – he retains to this day very strong links with both, and his work with community choruses and brass bands is widely-acclaimed.
An extensive discography includes recordings with his Leeds-based choirs and two best-selling Naxos CDs as a solo organist including Handel Concertos with Northern Sinfonia.
One of Britain’s most popular musicians, Dr Lindley is a Freeman of the City of London and a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. From 2010 to 2012, Simon served as Grand Organist to the United Grand Lodge of England and is still in post as Provincial Grand Organist to the Masonic Province of Yorkshire, West Riding.
More information about Simon can be found on his personal website www.simonlindley.org.uk and on his Wikipedia site