Patrick Lee

Patrick s musical education was at The Royal Academy of Music (1968-71), followed by a post-graduate year at London University Institute of Education. Having been Head of Music in three different schools, Patrick retired as Deputy Head at Crawshaw School, Pudsey, Leeds in 2006 and now writes and performs music full time.

He directed a school big band, Connexion, from1978 until 2005, writing or arranging most of the repertoire. From 1987 to 1989, Patrick composed, directed and produced the stage musical "A Tale of Two Cities" with Yeadon Amateur Operatic Society and in 1996 he was one of four finalists in the last BBC / British Music Writers Council National Arrangers Award. From 2004 to 2012 he worked with a jazz quintet, The Loose Connexion, as pianist, arranger & composer, performing at a variety of public and private events. He is an accomplished composer and arranger with a growing reputation.

In September 2010, Patrick won the biennial Cornwall International Male Voice Choral Festival Composition Competition with a setting of the poem "Dust" by Rupert Brooke and the song was performed by choirs in the festival programme, April / May 2011. He won the prize again in September 2012 with his male voice choir setting of McCrae s poem "In Flanders Fields". This comes from the larger work "Sacrifices", a secular cantata/oratorio-type composition (for baritone solo, SATB choir & orchestra), which received its premiere performance by the Ripon Choral Society, in Ripon Cathedral, on Saturday 15th November 2014. The work is specifically written to commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War but it also has a resonance for those involved in and affected by conflicts since then.

"Sacrifices" was performed three times in Remembrance week, 2015, by the Tadchorale, a 40-strong mixed choir from Tadcaster, and the fifth performance was by the Wetherby Choral Society in November 2016, in the parish church of St. James, Wetherby.

His orchestral work, "Charade for Orchestra" was premiered by the Harrogate Symphony Orchestra at the Royal Hall, Harrogate, in November 2010.

Patrick was the Musical Director of the Micklefield Male Voice Choir (Leeds) from May 2012 until December 2013 and, in November 2012, this choir gave the premiere of his setting of the Kipling poem "If" at York Minster.

Patrick became Musical Director of the Harrogate Male Voice Choir in April 2014.This choir will be giving the premiere performance of a new work, "Here and Now", written for children´s choir, male voice choir and piano, on Sat. 20th May 2017 in St. Wilfrid´s Church, Harrogate.

His compositions can be viewed and heard on the Score Exchange website -


CCA Composer of the Month – FEBRUARY 2015

Patrick Lee is our most recent CCA colleague to feature in our series of Central Composers' Alliance's COMPOSER OF THE MONTH. He has only just joined the Alliance so we are pleased that he has been...