About Tim Knight
and Tim Knight Music
"Tim Knight has the knack of writing tuneful music that is interesting to play and to listen to." ...
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 (browse our full catalogue of works);
Conductor and Choral Director of three Yorkshire choirs, The Heritage Singers and Masterworks Chorale both of which he founded, and Leeds Male Voice Choir, which he grew from just 14 singers to around 60 today;
Author of best-selling 'must-have' choir and concert management books;
Keynote speaker, Guest Conductor, Recitalist, Accompanist and Organist;
Over 20 years' experience running Choir tours, Singing Holidays and Choral Workshops (visit our Events page);
Teacher and mentor to budding composers, conductors and singers (browse online music services).
By 1999, Tim had a range of publishers around the world looking after some of his music, but after deciding he could probably do a better job himself in some cases, he set up his own publishing company and TIM KNIGHT MUSIC was borne. His decision has proved to be the right one, and after years of building up the catalogue, 'TKM' now represents not only Tim's own portfolio, but that of a collection of composers from around the world who were looking for representation themselves with a fellow composer like Tim. The catalogue also features the unique Accessible Choral Library Series which was borne in 2012 in response to a need for music for smaller choirs who had one or more voice parts missing but deserved accessible, affordable and appealing music both in the voice parts and accompaniment. Tim firmly believes that no amount of good music will save bad texts, so the texts are carefully chosen to say something to the choir and audience.
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 organ music and 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. Latterly, due to increased demand, we have added several new titles to our range of Organ Music.
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 again in 2020 for an amazing 8th 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 has been recorded by Ablaze Records in America on their 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's recent commissions on the table have included writing music 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 regularly releases new pieces 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 received an honourable mention which you can read about via this link.
Tim takes a keen interest in the next generation of (or indeed any) budding composers and offers a range of online music services to pass on his wealth of knowledge and experience in the hope of inspiring new talent to be discovered. His door is always open for a chat.
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.