Richard Smith founded the LMC in 2007. He started training choirs in earnest as an undergraduate at the University of Birmingham where he directed the University Chamber Choir. In 1995 he won an M.J. West Memorial Scholarship to study in Scandinavia and in 1998 he was awarded the Royal College of Organists' John Brook Prize for Choir Directing. He took his postgraduate studies on the harpsichord with Lars Ulrik Mortensen in Munich, and later on the organ with Harald Vogel at the North German Organ Academy.
As Director of the LMC he has led many highly successful choral courses in the UK and has developed productive relationships with many cathedrals, music colleges and universities. In addition to his work with the LMC, he has a busy and varied career as a choral conductor, continuo player and concert promoter and has given organ recitals on many of the UK's finest instruments.
Alistair Dixon is the LMC's principal tutor in Tudor music. He is chairman of the Renaissance Society and jointly runs the music publishing company The Cantiones Press and the record label Signum Records. He is the director and founder of the vocal group Chapelle du Roi, which has met with international acclaim through its nine-disc recording of the complete works of Thomas Tallis.
Alistair was educated as a music scholar at Millfield School in Somerset where he studied the violin and organ. He graduated from Liverpool University in 1982, having continued his organ studies with Noel Rawsthorne and Ian Tracey.
After a spell as Director of Music at St Mary's Ilkeston he became a Songman in the Cathedral Choir in Derby. In 1993 he was appointed a Gentleman in Ordinary at Her Majesty's Chapel Royal where duties included singing the Sunday services at St James' Palace and providing the music for state occasions such as the Distribution of the Royal Maundy and the annual service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph. He is now on the staff of the music department at St George's Cathedral, Southwark.
Adrian Lucas is the LMC's professional development tutor and is on the selection panel for the Composer in Residence Scheme. He was the director of music at Worcester Cathedral, the artistic director of the Worcester Three Choirs Festival and the conductor of the Worcester Festival Choral Society from 1996 until 2011. He has been the conductor of the City of Birmingham Choir since 2002 and is currently pursuing busy career as a freelance organist, recording producer and choir trainer.
From 1980 – 1983 he was organ scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, under Dr George Guest. He was appointed Assistant Organist of Norwich Cathedral in 1983, and in 1990 became Organist and Master of the Choristers at Portsmouth Cathedral. He has made numerous recordings as well as launching the Great Cathedral Organ Series for Regent Records.
Born in Newcastle, Jon achieved early success in the Choirboy of the Year competition and Menotti's opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. His thirty subsequent roles, with groups such as the Northern Sinfonia include Tamino, Eisenstein, Gherado, Spoletta and all the major Gilbert & Sullivan roles.
Jon studied trumpet, singing and piano at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama before focusing solely on a vocal career with Colin Baldy in Italy after his graduation. He has performed all over the world in venues as diverse as the Kremlin, major sports stadia, and for the Royal Family. He was runner-up in the Classic FM Live & Uploaded competition.
Jon lectures in singing at the University of Chichester and is Assistant Director of Music at the renowned Prebendal School. He frequently works as a conductor and opera director, and is the Artistic Director of West Sussex Opera.
Peter Wells (guest lecturer) is a renowned recorder player and co-director of Cecilia Music. Published writings include numerous CD booklet notes, concert critiques and reviews of new music publications, as well as articles on the interpretation and performance of baroque and contemporary recorder music in several magazines. He has given many enthusiastically received workshops and master-classes in chamber music and interpretation of early music, both in the UK and abroad.