04 April 2020

CANCELLED - Cathedral Classic - Lee Ward Organist

St ​Laurences Church, Chorley. 12:00 - 13:30

​​Lee is Director of Music at Liverpool Cathedral where he directs the fine choirs of boys, girls and lay clerks and also the chamber ensemble, Liverpool24. He has oversight of a significant programme of choral outreach and musical education within the cathedral and the city. He gives frequent organ recitals in the cathedral and beyond and has acted as accompanist to the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir and organist for the RLPO.

Previously Lee was Organist at the Basilica of São Bento in, São Paulo, Brazil for some six years. There, he formed the São Paulo Organ School and was organist to OSESP and the Theatro Municpal. He gave frequent organ recitals across South America. In addition, he was Director of Music at St. Paul’s British School running a large department delivering a traditional British musical curriculum. Lee was Director of Music at The London Oratory School where he also ran the London Oratory Schola, a renowned boys’ and men’s choir. In addition to its liturgical responsibilities at Brompton Oratory, the choir made several recordings ranging from ancient and modern settings of Ave Maria to film scores (Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the Fantastic Mister Fox etc.) He ran a programme of choral outreach in London schools through the Sing Up and Choir School’s Association. The Schola made several concert tours in Europe and the USA including singing for the Beatification of John Henry Newman by Pope Benedict XVI, at which service Lee played the organ in Birmingham, broadcast across the globe.

Lee was also Director of Music at Hampstead Parish Church for some 18 years, working with a fine professional choir and a wonderful Willis organ. The graduate chamber choir he founded, Colla Voce still performs to critical acclaim in London and beyond. Cathedral Classics is a series of six organ recitals by some of the country’s most eminent organists. These concerts are in support of our Organ Appeal and arranged by The Friends of St Laurence’s Church. These will take place at St Laurence Church from April to November on Saturdays at 12 noon followed by lunch.

Tickets in advance £10 from the church shop or available at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/lee-ward-organ-cathedral-classics-tickets-83531740685?aff=ebdssbdestsearch​​