Our Team

Caius Lee

Music Director and Founder

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Not from a musical family, Caius' musical journey started at Bradford Cathedral, aged 11, becoming Organ Scholar, aged 15. He joined  Leeds Cathedral as Organ Scholar, and aged 17 and was appointed Assistant Organist a year later. He read Music at St Catharine's College, Cambridge, where he was the Neville Burston Organ Scholar, accompanying the girls' and undergraduate choirs for concerts, international tours, broadcasts and CD recordings. Alongside, he was the President of the College Music Society, the Student Representative on the Public Engagement and Outreach Committee and a Cambassador (an initiative by the admissions office to encourage applications irrespective of background).                                                                                                                                                                                                      

 An advocate for opportunities for the broader community, Caius ran a children's choir, aged 15, which won its class at the 2016 Mrs Sunderland Music Festival and has co-delivered organ and choral workshops with David Baker nationwide, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. He is a choral tutor on the Historically Informed Summer School, and previous sessions topics include the music of 'Tudor Queens', 'The Medici' and 'The Borgias'. Since 2019, Caius has been a trustee for Awards for Young Musicians, and in July 2021, helped deliver the Europa Cantat Festival in Slovenia, as a Young Event Manager and has actively played or conducted across Europe. Firstly, on an Erasmus + funded scheme in 2018 - 2019, with choirs in Italy, France, and Poland, then subsequently as a freelance musician in Brazil, Germany, France, and Sweden.

Returning to the Diocese of Leeds in September 2021, he is a Choral Director, delivering the internationally acclaimed Schools' Singing Programme, which works with 7,500 children weekly. His commitment and passion for providing singing opportunities have been recognised with a Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) Fellowship. In his spare time, Caius enjoys athletics, having previously represented his county in the national championships and football.

Anthony Gray

Assistant Musical Director

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Anthony is an organist, conductor, composer and tutor based in Yorkshire. He is the Director of Music at St Wilfrid, Harrogate, Musical Director of the Fairfax Singers, and an Organ Tutor for Diocese of Leeds Music. He was previously Organ Scholar at Southwell Minster, where he accompanied and directed the Cathedral’s three choirs. In 2018, he graduated from Robinson College, Cambridge, held the Basil Shone Organ Scholarship. He was also the organist for St. John’s Voices, accompanist for the Cambridgeshire Choral Society, founded and directed the Robinson Consort, a group of 16 singers focused on contemporary repertoire and ran a series of workshops and talks about applying for scholarships at Oxbridge. 

 

Anthony has played the organ and harpsichord continuo for several major works, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo and, in 2017, Handel’s Messiah across many major concert halls and venues in Cambridge, Hong Kong and Singapore. He has also been the Musical Director for a variety of theatre productions. In December 2019, Anthony was shortlisted in the final of the BBC Radio 3 Carol Competition with his setting of ‘Go To The Child’. His music is widely performed across the country, including his setting of the Preces and Responses most recently.

Adam McKie

Head of Marketing and Public Relations

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Adam has a background in hospitality, working in the prestigious Chairman’s Lounge at Liverpool Football Club. He spent a year studying in Italy, immersing himself in its culture and history. He has always shared a passion for Italy and the Italian language; he fused these interests and honed his conversational skills. This has allowed him to organise both our authentic Florentine tours and the amazing buildings that we will have the opportunity to sing at. He is a frequent visitor to Florence and maintains regular contact with our partners. His role is to help provide the best experience for participants, maximising their time both musically and socially, and being responsible for the marketing and promotion of the programme.

Caius is an exceptional individual. A gifted musician, he is able to work with people of all ages, standards and backgrounds. He has a particular gift for leading children in music-making, getting them to realise their potential and more, whether or not they are beginners or accomplished musicians already. He has already had significant success in choral workshops up and down the country and been instrumental in the completion of the HLF-funded organ project in Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, and the setting up of the Cornwall Organ and Choral Academy (COCA) in St Just. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with him.

Professor David Baker

(Royal College of Organists and Halifax Organ Academy)