AWARD-WINNING YORKSHIRE COMPOSER, CONDUCTOR,
AUTHOR AND MUSIC PUBLISHER
"Working with Tim has been and continues to be an experience of joy, fun and humanity and one of profound enrichment."
Lee Wallace, Choir Member of Masterworks Chorale, Leeds Male Voice Choir and Heritage Singers
Born in Northallerton, Tim became a chorister in York Minster Choir under Dr Francis Jackson, with the daily round of choral services exposing him to an immense and diverse repertoire. Tim also studied choral conducting with John Coates and, at the age of 8, composed his first piece of music (a grace for his school which subsequently became used regularly). After many years accruing knowledge, expertise and experience, Tim now enjoys a multi-faceted musical career as:
Composer and Arranger of Choral, Instrumental, Orchestral and Organ music;
Keynote speaker, Guest Conductor and Recitalist;
Teacher and mentor to budding composers, conductors and singers.
Composer and Arranger
Tim's first love is composing and creating new music and whatever text, story, picture or request he is presented with he delights in the challenge of creating melodic and appealing music that will delight both performers in performing it and listeners in listening to it. He has written for choirs, instrumentalists, orchestras and non-musicians, which have included a Flute and Piano Suite, a Flute Choir Suite, Wedding Anthems, Christmas Carols, pieces for Birthdays, Anniversaries and Retirements, Choral Works and large-scale works for Organ.
Tim’s portfolio of music ranges from small beginner pieces for woodwind ensembles to large-scale choral and orchestral works, but by far the largest part of Tim's output is choral music and he has a special interest in music for the smaller choir which has led to the creation of a hugely successful Accessible Choral Library imprint for these works which also includes other composers in the series.
Tim's music has found its way onto exam lists (including Trinity College and Victoria College) and festival programmes and has won many accolades and awards, including from the Royal School of Church Music, the British Academy of Songwriters, The Masterworks Prize 2006 and other bodies including the Oare String Composers' competition. His piece, 'Elegy for an English Summer' was recorded on Volume 11 of the "Masterworks of a New Era CD Series" and received widespread radio play and, for this piece, Tim was nominated in 2019 for an amazing seventh time in the Classic FM 'Hall of Fame' in amongst some very illustrious company!
His work has been performed in concert halls, (indeed, for the opening of the new concert hall in Lieden, Holland) schools and Cathedrals within the UK, Europe and America. He has undertaken a "Composer in Residence" visit to Clarke University Dubuque in Iowa for the premiere of his Requiem Aeternam (several movements can be heard on our Youtube Channel and an extract is currently being recorded by Ablaze Records in America for their next CD release in 2020) and also at the Royal Canadian College of Organists Conference in Prince Edward Island, which inspired Tim to write 'Miramichi Dawn' for String Orchestra. 2018 saw a premiere performance of an organ tone poem, 'Atlantic Rhapsody', (a commission piece written to chart a journey across the Atlantic).
Tim is having an excellent composing year to date in 2019, with commissions on the table for a wedding, a retirement, birthdays, piano studies, anniversaries and a special commission for a choral festival in his home town of Leeds and has also had a piece selected for inclusion in the London Festival of Contemporary Church Music. Tim has also released several new pieces with Spartan Press (see below), and three pieces have been accepted for distribution by Paraclete Press in the USA and a new Woodwind Suite in the UK for Forton Music, 'East Coast Pictures' which has already received an honourable mention and you can read about in our latest news.
Tim takes a keen interest in the next generation of (or indeed any) budding composers and offers composition courses and mentoring services to pass on his wealth of knowledge and experience in the hope of inspiring new talent to be discovered.
Tim’s music is published in the UK by Tim Knight Music and distributed by the Highlands-based music hub Spartan Press. Other publishers of Tim's music are Animus Music, Forton Music and Corda Music Publications in the UK; Paraclete Press and CanticaNova in the USA; PH Publishing in Germany and Orpheus Music in Australia.
Conductor and Choral Director
As Conductor and Choral Director, Tim has worked with choirs large and small and held posts with Wakefield Festival Chorus, Vocalis, The York Rose Singers, Thornton Vocal Union, and provided choral workshops for many other choirs and choral organisations. He recently stood in as Guest Conductor at Horsforth Choral Society for their Spring term to cover sabbatical leave. He is currently Choral Director for Leeds Male Voice Choir and for the two choirs he founded based in Leeds: The Heritage Singers and Masterworks Chorale.
The Heritage Singers have sung choral evensong and other services throughout Yorkshire and are now proudly celebrating their 25th year in 2019. They work to maintain and restore the Anglican choral tradition in areas without access to a regular choir and have provided services in the great English Cathedrals and also the smallest of village churches. Touring has also formed a major part of the choir's activities and, to date, have visited Ireland, Holland, Norway, Hungary and the USA.
Masterworks Chorale was founded in 2009 to provide concerts in venues that do not have access to choral music and to tour internationally. Drawing its members from all over Yorkshire, it has already performed at the Menin Gate in Belgium, St Patrick's Cathedral and other venues in New York. The choir is presently on a 5-year touring plan taking the composers' music back to their own churches and in November 2015 this resulted in singing Faure’s Requiem to a full house in Le Madeleine Church in Paris, with subsequent visits taking the choir to New York, Venice and Vaduz in Liechtenstein singing to Royalty. Last year's tour saw the choir in Prague with the music of Dvorak, as well as a full programme of events in the North of England. Masterworks Chorale will be celebrating its 10th birthday in 2019 with a tour to Scotland.
Tim became Musical Director of Leeds Male Voice Choir in January 2014 and he quickly re-established the choir as a popular feature on the local music scene with innovative and diverse concert programming. This has led to expanding audiences and a continued growth in membership and resulted in one of the most exciting periods in the choir’s 99-year history. In 2016, the choir celebrated 100 years of their history with a spectacular concert in Leeds Town Hall. In 2017, they went on their first international tour in over 30 years to Belgium, performing in a variety of locations, including the Menin Gate at the Last Post Ceremony, which has taken place every day since 1928.
Author and Guest Speaker
Tim has acquired a vast wealth of knowledge and experience from his many years in the choral world, as Conductor, Choral Director, Concert Organiser and Promoter and has helped numerous choirs turn their fortunes around with practical and straightforward advice on issues affecting their group's particular circumstances, whether it be choir management or concert production issues (he is a Yorkshireman after all!). Tim's first 2 books on choir management and concert promotion, "The Survival of your Choir" and "365 Tips to a Successful Choir" were both best-sellers and have received excellent reviews from leading figures and organisations in the choral world.
Tim's third book, "Seven Steps to More Successful Concerts", which was released in February 2018 to rave reviews (read them via this link), is another 'must-have' handbook and reference guide for all musical groups and concert organisers, covering all aspects of concert management, including a timetable of planning counting down to your event.
The fourth book, which has been written due to popular demand from Tim's peers in the Choral world will be out in the Autumn of 2019 entitled 'Getting the best from your choir'.
Tim's down-to-earth approach and inspirational delivery has led to him being increasingly invited to speak to various music groups and conferences around the UK on the survival of choirs and choral music, as well as music education, drawing on his experience as Principal and Teacher at the Yorkshire College of Music and Drama in Leeds.