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Our Musical Director: Peter Leech


In recent years Peter has appeared as a guest speaker for York Early Music Festival (2008), University of Melbourne Conservatorium of Music (2012), Utrecht Early Music Festival (2013) and Renaissance Society of America (New York, 2014). From 2002-6 he presented papers at international Baroque music conferences. In November 2015 he appeared at the Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles.   Peter is a specialist in music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods, with other interests including seventeenth-century English court music, Russian Orthodox choral music and Iberian Renaissance polyphony.

Peter Leech is an international award-winning conductor (First Prize at the 2003 Mariele Ventre International Choral Conducting Competition, Bologna), musicologist, composer and performer.  Apart from Spectra Musica, his current conducting posts comprise Harmonia Sacra, Cappella Fede, Collegium Singers and Tallis Voices (Wells).  Cappella Fede performed again in Birmingham this June, and recorded their first CD.

Peter was an Honorary Research Fellow in the School of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University from 2008 to 2014 and is currently Associate Lecturer in the School of Music at Cardiff University.  His research focusses upon seventeenth-century Jesuit and wider Catholic musical culture in the British Isles, an expansion of his doctoral studies on music at the Stuart Catholic courts (1660-1718).  He is a regular contributor of scholarly articles and reviews to Early Music (OUP) and has also written for Eighteenth-Century Music, Music & Letters, TVNM and Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu.  His edition of a recently rediscovered keyboard manuscript, containing music attributed to the Jesuit composer Antoine Selosse (1621-87), was published by Edition HH in 2008. Peter's latest research topics include the life and patronage of Cardinal Henry Benedict Stuart (1725-1807).

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Past permanent or guest directorships have included Aylesbury Choral Society, City of Oxford Choir, Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford, Bristol Bach Choir, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus, Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra, Frideswide Ensemble, Canzona, Chameleon Arts Orchestra, Coro Euridice (Bologna), Coro di Teatro Comunale (Bologna), City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong and The Song Company (Sydney). Harmonia Sacra released their first CD of Russian Orthodox choral music, Cherubim & Seraphim, in April 2012, receiving rave reviews.  Their second disc, Princely Splendour (2014), has been praised for innovative programme which includes first recordings of music associated with Cardinal Henry Benedict Stuart.  As director of Cappella Fede, Peter has appeared at prestigious conferences (on British Catholic culture) held in Liverpool (2008), Hereford (2013), Durham (2013), Birmingham (2014) and London (2014).

For further information about Peter, please see his website: peterleech.com