Jonathan Lilley - Accompanist
A performing musician since chorister days at parish church and cathedral in Salisbury, Jonathan Lilley trained at the Royal Academy of Music, and whilst still a first-year undergraduate held the organ scholarship at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and passed the notorious exam for Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists. His first permanent appointment was as Sub-Organist of Leeds Parish Church (now Leeds Minster) with its famous musical tradition going back to Samuel Sebastian Wesley’s time as Organist. He served also as choral director, repetiteur and piano accompanist at Leeds College of Music, and accompanied several choirs including the famous Halifax Choral Society.
Jonathan later moved to Ely Cathedral as full-time Assistant Organist, accompanying and helping to train and run the cathedral choir of boys and men. He accompanied the choir on BBC broadcasts, on CD and on overseas tours as well as in the course of daily worship, played recitals and a concerto in the cathedral, accompanied choirs and instrumentalists at King’s School, Ely, accompanied Ely Choral Society and Ely Consort from time to time – and did all those things on piano as well as organ. He performed Poulenc’s organ concerto with City of London Sinfonia live on BBC Radio 3, and occasionally entertained the cathedral community with improvised accompaniments to classic silent films.
Since September 2013 Jonathan has been Director of Music at Waltham Abbey, Essex, where he leads the mixed adult choir and a flourishing children’s choir known as the Choristers. Having London on the doorstep he is in demand for all manner of keyboard accompaniment work, and is accompanist to the Waltham Singers of Chelmsford as he was to the English Baroque Choir until joining EAC in 2020.
Daniel Keating-Roberts - Vocal Coach
Preston-born Daniel Keating-Roberts was first introduced to music as a treble at Liverpool’s Anglican Cathedral, under the direction of Professor Ian Tracey. From there he joined the London Oratory Schola whose film credits include Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter (Musical Director Mike McCarthy). Daniel then moved to Sheffield where he studied music and singing to masters level, and sang as a songman in several Northern cathedrals, including Liverpool, Sheffield and York Minster.
Dan instructs the EAC in vocal technique, and takes many members in individual singing lessons.
Ian Le Grice
Ian Le Grice retired as the EAC's accompanist in the summer of 2017, after more than seventeen years, an occasion marked by a farewell concert in St Mary's Church, Reigate.
Ian’s career has embraced all aspects of organ playing: concerto performances, solo recitals, recitals with singers and instrumentalists, continuo playing, orchestral work, and the accompaniment of church services. He is Organist of Reigate St Mary’s Choir School, and accompanist to the St Cecilia Chorus and Croydon Philharmonic Choir, of which he is also a Vice President. He has recently retired from the Temple Church where he was Assistant Organist for thirty years.
His long association with the Temple Church began when he joined the choir as a treble in 1957. He went on to assist Sir George Thalben-Ball, playing the organ for recordings, broadcasts, concerts and services with the Temple Church Choir until 1982 when Dr John Birch succeeded Sir George and Ian le Grice was appointed Assistant Organist. He continued in this position with the two succeeding Directors of Music, Stephen Layton and James Vivian, and in 2003 played for the premiere of Sir John Tavener’s seven-hour long work, 'The Veil of the Temple', under the direction of Stephen Layton.
Ian le Grice continues to be in demand as a soloist and accompanist, and since 2005 has collaborated with Crispian Steele-Perkins to present informal recitals of music for trumpet and organ.
Doug was accompanist to the Chorale on its tour to Roujan, France, in 2017, and susequently played in the farewell concert for Ian Le Grice, playing two of the four hands in Brahms' Liebeslieder Waltzes.
His website says:
"Born in Hong Kong, Douglas emigrated to England after having won a music scholarship to board at Harrow School. Moving to Dulwich College on a music and organ scholarship for sixth form as a day pupil, he originally was to attend conservatoire for the piano and flute – having achieved diplomas in both instruments. Discovering his love for the organ at a late stage, he subsequently read music at King's College, Cambridge whilst being Organ Scholar. Having gained his place a year early, he spent his gap year at Hereford Cathedral – a place he considers his second home. At King's, aside from his daily duties of accompanying and helping train the world-famous choir alongside broadcasts, concerts and tours, he pursued a freelance career in performing, accompanying and conducting. To date, he has performed all over the world in venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Birmingham Symphony Hall, the Sydney Opera House, Washington National Cathedral, Cadogan Hall and multiple cathedrals to name but a few. He has also had the privilege of working and performing (as a keyboardist and flautist) with many of the world's finest ensembles including the Philharmonia, the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra for the Age of Enlightenment, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the Britten Sinfonia and the London Sinfonietta amongst others. Douglas has an extensive discography and has broadcasted to millions worldwide on TV and radio. He is also a multiple prizewinner - most notably of the Brian Runnett Prize and Sir Anthony Lewis Memorial Prize. As a performer, reviews have praised him on his affinity with Bach and romantic repertoire and he has been described as 'one of the foremost musicians of his generation'.
An experienced conductor, Douglas has worked with orchestras, ensembles, singers and instrumentalists of all ages and standards. Chorally, he has worked with many different compositions of choir around the UK – these including the Philharmonia Chorus, the Cantus Ensemble, Cantabile, the choirs of the Three Choirs Festival, Cambridge Choral Society and many more. Recent engagements have included a wide range of activities from conducting the choir of Exeter College, Oxford at the Tower of London to performing in 'Christmas with the Stars' at the Royal Albert Hall! Douglas is also busy as a pianist working in opera, song work and in the coaching of students from the London conservatoires. He teaches the organ and piano and has taught on Eton Choral Courses, Oundle for Organists and courses for the Royal College of Organists. "
© Douglas Tang