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MD steps down after 15 years

30 May 2022

It was announced today that our longest-ever serving Musical Director, Lee Dunleavy, will step down after our Autumn concert, as he begins training at Ripon College Cuddeston for priesthood in the Church of England. We wish him well in his future vocation in the church and are sure that his kindness, patience, and good humour, as well as deeply-felt faith and intellect, will be clearly transferrable skills! Lee has been supported in this process of transition from musician to priest by a huge number of people, not least his wife Sally, step-daughter Lottie, by friends and family, and his church community at St Mary’s Wellingborough.

Lee back in 2007
Lee in 2022

Lee’s final concert with the choir will be on Saturday 15 October, but he has curated the whole season, and made arrangements for four guest conductors for the concerts and services therein. This will give us plenty of time to advertise, audition, and appoint his successor. The season (2022/23) Lee has curated explores the theme of #ExpandingTheCanon, which the choir discussed during the long Covid-19 lockdown in our “Fridays at Four” sessions with experts. Established masterworks by Bruch, Handel, Mozart, and Vivaldi, will be performed alongside neglected works by women composers - Isabella Leonarda’s Magnificat, Marianna Martines’s Quarta Messa, and Ethel Smyth’s Mass in D. Lee has also planned ahead for his successor’s first season (2023/24) which will include Bach’s St Matthew Passion, Haydn’s The Creation, and Verdi’s Requiem - what an amazing year for whomever is appointed!

Please make sure you have Saturday 15 October in your diaries, as we anticipate that this will be a concert which is a sell out as we give thanks for fifteen years of fantastic service to music in Northamptonshire.

[Photo credits: 2007, Simon Tottman; 2022, David Jones]