Dr Peter Leech B.A. B.Mus. Grad.Dip.Mus.(Conducting). Ph.D

Dr Peter Leech

B.A. B.Mus. Grad.Dip.Mus.(Conducting). Ph.D

Associate Lecturer

School of Music

Email:
leechp@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44 (0)29 2087 4375
Location:
1.04, 35 Corbett Road

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I am a professional choral and orchestral conductor, musicologist, composer, singer and keyboard player. I am a specialist in English court music (1600-1750), music in the British Jesuit and broader European Catholic diaspora (1600-1800) and European sacred music (1550-1800). I have published substantial articles and reviews in Early Music (OUP), Music & Letters (OUP), The Consort (Dolmetsch Foundation), Eighteenth-century music (CUP), Tijdschrift van de Koninklijke Vereniging voor Nederlandse Muziekgeschiedenis (KVNM), Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu (IHSI, Rome), Journal of Jesuit Studies (Brill) and the Newsletter of the Society For Eighteenth-Century Music (USA).

As a conductor I have recorded for the Nimbus Alliance, Tall Poppies and Toccata Classics labels. I am conductor of the Cardiff University Chamber Choir, as well as Cappella Fede, Harmonia Sacra and Costanzi Consort. With Cappella Fede I released a ground-breaking new CD in 2016, The Cardinal King (featuring first recordings of rediscovered eighteenth-century Roman sacred music by Sebastiano Bolis, Giovanni Battista Costanzi and others), to widespread critical acclaim. BBC Radio 3 Record Review (January 2017) described it as 'a moving disc' with 'consort singing second to none' (Elin Manahan-Thomas and Andrew McGregor). My future projects will include a detailed study of eighteenth-century sacred music at San Lorenzo in Damaso (Rome), further research on British seventeenth and early eighteenth-century Jesuit musicians and a cultural biography of Cardinal Henry Benedict Stuart (1725-1807).

I have held the following posts as Musical Director (MD) or Guest Musical Director (GMD)

Costanzi Consort (2017-present) MD

City of Bath Bach Choir (2016) GMD

Cardiff University Chamber Choir (2016-present) MD

St Catharijne Cantorei, Brielle (2015-present) GMD

Coro di Teatro Comunale, Bologna (2010) GMD

Harmonia Sacra (2009-present), MD

Cappella Fede (2008-present), MD

Aylesbury Choral Society (2004-2014) MD

Eszterhazy Chamber Choir and Orchestra (2002) GMD

Coro Euridice, Bologna (2005 and 2010), GMD

Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra (2005) GMD

Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus (2002-3) GMD

City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong (2002) GMD

Chandos Chamber Choir, London (2002-2004) MD

Frideswide Ensemble of Oxford (1999-2009) GMD

Bristol Bach Choir (1999-2008) MD

City of Oxford Choir (1998-2005) MD

Cathedral Singers of Christ Church, Oxford (1997-1999) MD

The Song Company (1996) GMD

Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (1994) GMD

The Tudor Choristers, Melbourne (1994-95) MD

St Peter's Cathedral, Adelaide (1994-1995) MD

Adelaide University Choral Society (1994-1995) MD

New Holland Baroque Chamber Orchestra (1993-1995) MD

The Handel Bande, Melbourne (1992) MD

Ensemble Eszterhaza, Melbourne (1990-1995) MD

Libra Contemporary Ensemble (1991-1993) MD

Melbourne Conservatorium of Music Symphony Orchestra (1991) GMD

Melbourne Youth Orchestra (1991-1992) GMD

Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra (1991) Assistant MD

Geminiani Chamber Orchestra (1991) GMD

Australian Girls Choir (1988-89) MD

Adelaide University Chamber Orchestra (1988) GMD

Flinders University Choral Society (1986) MD

Academic positions

  • Honorary Research Fellow, School of Arts & Humanities, Swansea University (2008-14)
  • Tutor at City Literary Institute, London (2000-02)
  • Lecturer in Musicology at Colchester Institute (1996-99)

Speaking engagements

  • Benedictus UK (2015)
  • Renaissance Society of America (New York, 2014)
  • Utrecht Early Music Festival (2013)
  • York Early Music Festival (2008)

My core research has dealt with vocal and instrumental music of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, with specific areas including music and musicians in the British Royal Catholic chapels 1660-1714, music and musicians in the British Jesuit diaspora 1580-1773, late 17th century instrumental and vocal music in England, 18th century choral and instrumental music in Rome and early Russian Orthodox choral music.

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