Simon Lindley

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Simon Lindley (born 10 October 1948) is an English organist, choirmaster, conductor and composer. He was Leeds City Organist from 1976 to 2017 (named City Organist Emeritus in Summer 2017) and is Organist Emeritus of Leeds Minster, having been organist and Master of the Music Leeds Minster from 1975 until his retirement in 2016.[1]

Early life[edit]

Lindley was born in London. His father was an Anglican priest, and his mother was a writer, the daughter of Belgian poet and art historian Emile Cammaerts. After early education at Magdalen College School, Oxford, and graduation from the Royal College of Music in London, Lindley began an organ career in 1969, playing at various London churches and recording organ music.[2]


Lindley served as an organ tutor at the Royal School of Church Music and later as Assistant Master of Music at St Albans Cathedral to the legendary Peter Hurford and Director of Music at St Albans School.[3] From 1975/6 he became Leeds City Organist and Organist & Master of the Music at Leeds Minster, and directed the Choir of Leeds Parish Church. From 1977, he has served a Music Director of Saint Peter's Singers of Leeds, a post he still holds. He was Senior Lecturer in Music at Leeds Polytechnic - now Leeds Beckett University from 1976 to 1987 and held the post of Senior Assistant Music Officer for Leeds City Council from 1987 to 2011. During the 1970s and 80s he was Chorus Master to Halifax Choral Society and Leeds Philharmonic Society. Since 1991 he has served as Secretary of the Church Music Society.[2] From 2009 and 2010 respectively, Dr Lindley has held posts as conductor of Sheffield Bach Society and Doncaster Choral Society. In 2017, he celebrated twenty years as Music Director of Overgate Hospice Choir Halifax.

Awards and Honorary Posts[edit]

Lindley was president of the Royal College of Organists from 2000 to 2003, and of the Incorporated Association of Organists from 2003 to 2005. In 2001 he received an honorary doctorate from Leeds Metropolitan University now Leeds Beckett University and a similar distinction was conferred upon him in 2012 by the University of Huddersfield. He served on the editorial panel for New English Praise (2006), a supplement to the New English Hymnal, and he worked extensively on compilation of the supplement.[2] He has been chairman of the Ecclesiastical Music Trust from 2004 and was Chairman of the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama from 2006 to 2013. In 2012, Lindley was appointed Chairman of the Music Planning Group of Leeds Philharmonic Chorus and elected a Trustee of Leeds Philharmonic Society.[citation needed] He was in office as Grand Organist to the United Grand Lodge of England from 2010 to 2012 and has held office since 2010 in the Masonic Province of Yorkshire West Riding as Provincial Grand Organist.[2] Lindley is the recipient of the "Spirit of Leeds" award from Leeds Civic Trust presented in 2006 and The Leeds Award from Leeds City Council in 2016.

Recordings and Voluntary Work[edit]

Lindley has recorded as organ soloist with orchestras including the BBC Philharmonic and Northern Sinfonia, with Huddersfield Choral Society, and as accompanist to such musicians as violinists David Greed and Marat Bisengaliev and cornet virtuoso Phillip McCann. He also holds office as conductor of choirs and choral societies in Doncaster, Halifax, Leeds and Sheffield[2] and since retirement from full time work in 2016, has in recent times assisted with the music at Halifax Minster, St Michael and All Angels Church, Headingley and St Wilfrid's Church, Harrogate as required. From 2006, He gives a monthly mid morning Organ Concert on one Thursday each month at 11.00 am in Fulneck Moravian Church near his home and other recitals regularly at Halifax Minster and St Giles Church Pontefract.


  1. ^ "Organists of the Minster".
  2. ^ a b c d e Lindley, Simon. "A Biography",, accessed 30 April 2017[self-published source]
  3. ^ John Rutter's 1974 carol Jesus Child bears a dedication "for Simon Lindley and the choir of St Albans School". J. Rutter (eds.), "Carols for Choirs I"

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