Preview: New Year’s Concert with the Lee Choral Society at Holy Trinity, Gosport

Come to hear the Lee Choral Society’s New Year’s Concert on Sunday 5 January at 3:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Gosport under the leadership of Richard Dewland MA.

Bristol-born and a Birmingham Conservatoire Graduate, Richard Dewland works as a Freelance musician in Hampshire. An organist, pianist, flautist, singer, conductor and composer his professional engagements are broad and varied; Head of music at Boundary Oak prep school, organ tutor at St. John’s College, Organist and Music Director at St. Faith’s Lee-on-Solent, MD for the Lee Choral Society, private tutor, organ recitalist and published composer of liturgical music. To find out more about Richard’s work in the area, including his monthly “Singers’ Voice Clinic”, please visit or find him on Youtube.

Formerly the Lee Singers, the Lee Choral Society was formally launched in September 2015 under their new director, Richard Dewland. All information regarding the choir, past and future concerts and ‘How to join” can be found on their website, and this includes links to various recordings.

Andrew Cleary is a versatile musician and currently works as a freelance teacher, accompanist, organist, choral director and conductor. He graduated from the University of East Anglia, where he was organ scholar at Norwich Cathedral and worked with the Norwich Philharmonic Choir and the Aldeburgh Festival Chorus. In 1990 he moved to study at the Royal College of Music, directing the vocal ensemble, Nouve Musiche. He became Assistant Organist at St Martin-in-the-Field Church, making regular broadcasts for BBC radio and television, and directing the St Martins’ Scholars.

He is Musical Director for the Portsmouth Military Wives Choir and the Portsmouth Milton Glee Choir. As a choral director he has worked with Tenebrae and the King’s Singers and on RSCM courses as tutor. He has also worked with the National Youth Music Theatre. He is Associate Lecturer in Music and Music Theatre at the University of Chichester, Music Director of Fareham Philharmonic Choir, Music Director and organist at St Peter’s Church, Bishop’s Waltham, and Organist and Repetiteur of the Lee Choral Society. He was the founder and Musical Director of the Portsmouth Cathedral Girls’ Choir and conducted the Portsmouth Grammar School Chamber Choir at the Royal British Legion Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

News from the Artistic Director

This is a big year for Music and the Arts at Holy Trinity as we celebrate the 300th anniversary of the original parts of our historic ‘Handel’ organ. We have lots of music throughout the year to help us mark this special birthday and look forward to welcoming very many music lovers to the Church.

However, we start the year with today’s wonderful concert then we shall be closed for redecoration until Sunday 1st March. Although we are sad to be taking an enforced break, the Church will look even more splendid than ever when we return!



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