Peter Leech is a musician with over 20 years experience as a choral and orchestral conductor, his repertoire ranging from medieval to contemporary, with a specialist interest in music of the late Renaissance and early Baroque periods. An international award-winning conductor (First Prize at the Mariele Ventre International Choral Conducting Competition, Bologna, 2003), he has directed a variety of amateur and professional ensembles in Europe and Australasia with wide critical acclaim.
In the UK Peter’s current conducting posts comprise Aylesbury Choral Society, Collegium Singers, Harmonia Sacra, Cappella Fede and Wells Tallis Voices, with past permanent or guest directorships having included Bristol Bach Choir, City of Oxford Choir, Cathedral Singers of Christ Church Oxford, Esterhazy Chamber Choir, Royal Scottish National Orchestra Chorus, Chandos Chamber Choir (London), Yeovil Chamber Choir, St Hugh Singers, Wyncantores, Bristol Philharmonic Orchestra, Frideswide Ensemble, Canzona, Stowe Opera Orchestra and Chameleon Arts Orchestra.
In recent years he has also conducted Coro Euridice (Bologna), the Coro di Teatro Comunale (Bologna), City Chamber Orchestra of Hong Kong, The Song Company (Sydney), Ensemble Eszterhaza (Melbourne), The Tudor Choristers (Melbourne), New Holland Baroque (Adelaide), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Hobart), Melbourne Youth Orchestra and Geminiani Chamber Orchestra (Melbourne). Peter has also led choral workshops with Harpenden Choral Society, Cheltenham Choral Society, Daventry Choral Society and Cantemus Chamber Choir (Wales), amongst many others, and with the majority of UK Early Music Fora.
In 2008 Peter was appointed Chairman of the South West Early Music Forum and awarded an Honorary Research Fellowship in the School of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University. He is a regular contributor to Early Music (Oxford University Press) and has written for other scholarly journals such as Eighteenth-Century Music (Cambridge University Press) and Archivum Historicum Societatis Iesu (Rome). Peter’s critical edition (Edition HH, 2008) of recently rediscovered keyboard music attributed to the Jesuit composer Antoine Selosse (1621-87) has been recorded on the Deux Elles CD label by Terence Charlston.