Tim Knight: Musical Director
Tim became Musical Director of Leeds Male Voice Choir in January 2014 and he quickly re-established Leeds Male Voice Choir as a popular feature on local music scene. Under Tim’s leadership, innovative and diverse concert programming, expanding audiences and the continued growth in membership have resulted in one of the most exciting periods in the choir’s 100 year history.
Born in Northallerton, Tim became a chorister in York Minster Choir under Dr Francis Jackson, with the daily round of choral services exposing him to an immense and diverse repertoire.
Tim pursues a three-pointed musical career. As a conductor, he has worked with choirs large and small and held posts with Wakefield Festival Chorus, Vocalis, The York Rose Singers, Thornton Vocal Union, The Eldon Singers and a host of other celebrated Northern Choirs. He runs two choirs he founded, The Heritage Singers and The Heritage Masterworks Chorale.
The Heritage Singers have sung choral evensong throughout Yorkshire for the past twenty years and work to maintain and restore the Anglican choral tradition in areas without access to a regular choir. The Heritage Masterworks Chorale was founded in 2009 to provide concerts in venues that do not have access to choral music and tour internationally.
As composer Tim’s music is distributed worldwide; he was nominated in three times in the Classic FM Hall of Fame in 2014, 2015 and 2016 and his work has been performed in concert halls, schools and Cathedrals within the UK, Europe and America. He has undertaken a composer in residence visit to Clarke University Dubuque in Iowa for the premiere of his Requiem aeternam and in 2015 and 2016 acted as a judge in the Canco Mediterrania International Choir Competition in Barcelona.
As Principal of the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama Tim is responsible for the college’s management and operations also acting as composition, theory and singing teacher. He has previously held also the position of Music and Festivals Officer on the Executive board of the National Association of Choirs and in 2016 was elected as the Chairman for the Royal School of Church Music committee in the Ripon and Leeds area.
Matthew Lazenby – Principal Accompanist
Matthew Lazenby was appointed Principal Accompanist of Leeds Male Voice Choir in 2014 and works closely with the Musical Director, to support rehearsals and performances and the ongoing musical development of the choir.
Matthew read Music at the University of Leeds and holds the Archbishop’s Certificate in Church Music.
Matthew has a diverse musical portfolio and works as a piano teacher and an accompanist for exams, recitals and performance.
He is Organist and Choral Director at St Martin’s, Potternewton and Choral Director at All Saints’, Newton-on-Ouse. He accompanies the Heritage Masterworks Chorale and in 2016 was appointed Musical Director of Horsforth Choral Society. As a chorister he has performed with numerous choirs in venues as diverse as Chester Cathedral, St Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, Menin Gate, Ypres, Manchester Cathedral and St Bavo’s Cathedral, Ghent.
As an accompanist recent highlights included performances in Chartres Cathedral, St Bavos Cathedral, Ghent, Leeds Minster, Morley Town Hall, Leeds Cathedral, Le Madeleine, Paris and Leeds Town Hall.