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Peyee Chen, Ben Thapa & Simon Lindley

Peyee Chen, Ben Thapa & Simon Lindley

Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music 2018/19

Peyee Chen - soprano
Ben Thapa - tenor
Simon Lindley - organ (City Organist Emeritus)

Bach - Domine Deus (from Mass in B minor)
Mendelssohn - My song shall be alway thy mercy (Hymn of Praise)
Lindley - Five Hymns to the Virgin (first performance)
Stainer - Love Divine, all loves excelling (Daughter of Jairus)

Peyee Chen is a soprano with a particular interest in contemporary and Baroque music. Appearances as a soloist include the Gavin Bryars Ensemble, Adelaide Festival, Club Transmediale Festival, Edinburgh Contemporary Music Ensemble, Lucerne Festival with the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra conducted by Sir Simon Rattle and Barbara Hannigan, Pierrot Lunaire on the York Spring Festival, The Light Show as part of Southbank Centre’s Harmonic Series, and world premieres at Spitalfields Festival, GEMdays, Tête à Tête Opera Festival, and the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. She is an ad hoc member of the BBC Singers, EXAUDI, and Schola Heidelberg, with recent engagements including the BBC Proms, Spitalfields Festival, Ruhrtriennale, and Aldeburgh Festival with BCMG and Oliver Knussen. Her voice can be found on the Naxos audiobook Faust in music by Roger Marsh. Peyee works regularly with young composers and has given guest lectures and workshops on writing for voice at University of Huddersfield and University of York. Peyee received her BMus degree from Northwestern University, USA, in 2008, and her MA (with distinction) from University of York, in 2010. When not singing, she plays violin and boomwhackers in Crooks and Claridge.

Ben Thapa studied at the Guildhall School of Music and the Royal College of Music before graduating from the Wales International Academy of Voice in 2013 under the tutelage of Dennis O'Neill. Ben's major bursars include the Musicians Benevolent Fund, the Leverhulme Trust and the Wagner Society. Ben has participated in a number of masterclasses, including Kiri Te Kanawa, Della Jones, Amanda Roocroft, Jonathan Dove (for Music Theatre Wales) and Graham Clark. In addition, Ben was twice a Britten-Pears scholar. Ben continues his study privately with David Pollard.

Simon Lindley Educated at Magdalen College School, Oxford and at the Royal College of Music, Simon’s early career was centred upon music-making in London and St Albans. Dr Lindley is active in many spheres of Yorkshire’s musical life and well-known for work with choirs and bands additional to organ playing as soloist, accompanist and orchestral organist. He served for over forty years as Master of Music at Leeds Minster and as City Organist being named as Organist Emeritus by church and city in September 2016 and August 2017 respectively. Last year he celebrated forty years of service with St Peter’s Singers of Leeds and twenty with Halifax-based Overgate Hospice Choir.

View the Leeds Lunchtime Organ Music 2018/19 brochure.


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