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New Director of Music Appointed

Organist and Director of Music for St. Michael and All Angels Headingley

The Vicar and church officers are pleased to announce that Mr Howard Seymour will be leading the church’s music ministry from the middle of August.

Howard has recently returned to his northern roots after living and working in Herefordshire for the previous 10 years. He is a graduate of Durham University and holds diplomas from the Royal Academy of Music, The Royal College of Organists and Trinity College of Music. His career has involved teaching and lecturing in schools and colleges and more recently working as a schools inspector for Ofsted. He has been an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music for over 30 years.

His special interest is choral music. He has adjudicated choirs, acted as producer for professional choral recordings and composed and arranged for singers. He has also directed his own choirs in broadcasts for radio and television.

‘I am greatly looking forward to leading the music ministry at St.Michael and All Angels, and central to that will be the development of choir. Singing is a wonderfully fulfilling activity and is at the very heart of Anglican worship and our national musical heritage. All my own children have been choristers and I know just how influential that experience has been on their lives and musical development.’

St Michael’s has a well established musical tradition and a capable SATB choir. We are seeking additional members to take forward the quality and standard of music which is such a distinctive feature of the church’s life and worship.

More information is available on the church’s website.

Anyone interested in becoming involved in the music making at St. Michael’s whether as a singer or supporter should contact either Howard on 01539 621260/07787156652 or the Vicar on 0113 274 3238 or tonywhatmough@gmail.com