GREG SMITH

Greg Smith is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied organ, piano accompaniment and conducting. He holds the Associate Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, in which he won the Sawyer and Durrant prizes, and is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London.

Born in Kent, his early musical training began with David Flood and Michael Harris at Canterbury Cathedral, and whilst a student at the Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, Greg won many prizes as an organist and pianist throughout the county. In 1990, one year after joining the RNCM, he was the Under-21 winner of the Paisley International Organ Festival, which led to recitals at Clare College, Cambridge, Coventry Cathedral, Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow, and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Since this success, Greg has given recitals as an organist and accompanist at many venues throughout the UK, including the Cathedrals of Carlisle, Manchester, Newcastle, Ripon, Rochester,Sheffield, St Giles Edinburgh, and Truro, as well as at Cartmel Priory, St Martin*-in-the-Fields, London,and York Minster. In 1996 Greg was appointed Organist and Director of Music at Northallerton Parish Church, a post he held until 2014, During their 2006-7 season he acted as Accompanist to the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus,. Greg is currently Accompanist and Deputy Conductor of Ripon Choral Society and Principal Conductor and Chorus Director to the North Yorkshire Chorus of Northallerton. Greg can also be spotted as the accompanist to the "village choir" on Emmerdale on ITV!!!

                                                         



KEITH DALE     MA,GBSM,ABSM.DipABRSM 

 Accompanist  2013-2014   Musical Director 2015-2017

Keith Dale is a native of North Yorkshire where he began his organ studies with the late Ronald Perrin at Ripon Cathedral and harpsicord studies with Alan Cuckston. In 1990 Keith continued his musical studies at Birmimgham Conservatoire, taking organ lessons with Mark Shepherd at Lichfield Cathedral and harpsicord lessons with David Ponsford and Lucy Carolan. After graduation in 1994, Keith returned to Yorkshire to take up the post of Organist & Director of Music at St Edmund's Church, Roundhay, Leeds.

In tandem with this post, he undertook postgraduate study at the University of Huddersfield. His teachers were Dr Graham Cummings and John Scott Whiteley. In 1996, he was awarded the Master of Arts degree in Music (performance) and was the first recipient of the Hollingworth organ prize.

From 1997-2012 Keith was organist & Director of Music at the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity, Geneva ,Switzerland. During his fourteen years there, he oversaw the church's distinguished music programme, combining this with the post of music teacher at College du Leman where he taught over 120 nationalities.

In 2012 Keith moved to the Far East where he taught piano and music at one of Bankok's oldest music schools - The Robinson School of Music. During his time there he was responsible for preparing students of all ages for the examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. He also gave a number of harpsicord recitals to critical acclaim.

Keith broadcast several times on Swiss National Radio and TV as both organist and choral director. He has given recitals in the UK, Switzerland, Italy,France, Spain and the USA. He led several children's music workshops in Myanmar(Burma) in late 2012 and 2013. Keith is currently Organist and Director of Music at All Saints Parish Church Northallerton.

Keith will take up his new position as Assistant Organist at Hexham Abbey in September 2017

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