Tim’s musical career began as a Chorister at York Minster under Dr Francis Jackson and his composing career started at school at the age of 8 writing a setting of the grace for school dinners!
The daily round of services in a cathedral tradition left its mark and Tim has subsequently carved a career training and directing choirs and as a widely published and performed composer with several awards to his credit. His music ranges from beginner woodwind pieces to large scale orchestral and choral works, because his music is accessible to both performers and listeners, and reviews in the Music press have always been good, a steady stream of performances has been built up and these have been in the UK, USA Canada, Australia and Norway Hungary and Ireland.
Amongst a long list of notable performers have been Organists Dr Francis Jackson, Dr Simon Lindley, and Dr Tim Rishton, Choirs including Wakefield Festival Chorus, Cheltenham Choral society, Bel Canto Singers of Fredericton (Canada), The University of La Crosse (Wisconsin), The Heritage Singers and Vocalis, and the combined choirs of the Cathedral and University of Dubuque Iowa, together with Orchestras including the Czech Philharmonic, Hessle Sinfonia, Ilkley Sinfonietta, Portsmouth New Music orchestra, Isle of Axholme Orchestra.
Performance venues have ranged from Village Churches to major UK Cathedrals including Ripon, Norwich, Carlisle, Chester and Lincoln Cathedrals, In Ireland at the Cork International Organ festival, and in the USA from Concert Venues to St Thomas’s fifth avenue New York and St Pauls Cathedral, Boston.
In 2007, the orchestral piece "Elegy for an English Summer" was released on the award winning ‘Masterworks of a new era' CD series with Robert Winstin and the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra. This has subsequently been broadcast on various US and Canadian Radio stations, and a CD of Tim’s Choral works was released on the NCS label, this too having broadcasts in the USA and Canada. In the same year, the World Music Foundation Composers Competition gave Tim a special mention and he was a finalist with three pieces in the 2008 UK’s largest Composers Competition.
He has been composer-in-residence both at the Royal Canadian college of Organists Summer conference and also at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa. He is also a busy choral director having long associations with many Northern choirs and founder director of the Heritage singers, An Anglican Music Chamber Choir that has toured extensively.
Other posts currently held include Music and Festivals officer for the National association of choirs and Principal of the Yorkshire college of Music and Drama in Leeds. Tim travels widely and offers workshops, commissions and guest conducting appearances; he welcomes enquiries from almost anywhere!
Tim's webpage: http://www.timknightmusic.com