Simon Leach - Cathedral Organist
Simon Leach is a prizewinning graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music and a former Organ Scholar at the Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral of Christ the King. He combines the post at the Cathedral with piano teaching at the ESMS schools in Edinburgh and St Mary’s Prep School, Melrose. Simon is on the team of organists that play for the BBC Radio 4 Daily Service.
Simon is in demand as a recitalist and has performed at many of the countries Concert Halls and Cathedrals. He has frequently performed in the USA, most notably at St Patrick's Cathedral and the Church of St Thomas 5th Avenue, New York. Simon gave his French debut at the Cathedral of Notre Dame de Paris in February 2017. He has a particular interest in contemporary music and performed the world premier of Naji Hakim’s Toccata on the Introit for the Feast of the Epiphany at the Holy Name and gave the first London performance at Westminster Cathedral on the Feast of the Epiphany in 2017. His disc of Naji Hakim’s music has received outstanding reviews from critics both side of the Atlantic. Simon’s performances of Hakim’s music have been broadcast on BBC Radio 3. He was recently appointed as an Academy teacher for the Royal College of Organists.
Simon and Helen got married in Hawick in 1997 and they have six children. He enjoys reading, going to the cinema, art galleries, cycling and the family have a particular fondness for the North West Highlands.