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Greg Smith at Verdi's birthplace, just after our acclamed performance of the Requiem in 2016 ...
Greg Smith at the organ of Canterbury Cathedral
... and at the organ
 of Canterbury Cathedral
Principal Conductor and Accompanist

Greg Smith 

Greg SmithGreg Smith was appointed Principal Conductor and Chorus Director from the start of the 2007-8 season.

Greg is a graduate of the Royal Northern College of Music, where he studied organ, piano accompaniment and conducting.  He holds the Associate Diploma of the Royal College of Organists, in which he won the Sawyer and Durrant prizes, and is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London.

Born in Kent, his early musical training began as a chorister and then subsequently at Canterbury Cathedral with David Flood and Michael Harris. Whilst a student at the Harvey Grammar School, Folkestone, Greg won many prizes as an organist and pianist throughout the country.  In 1990, one year after joining the RNCM, he was the Under-21 winner of the Paisley International Organ Festival, which led to recitals at Clare College, Cambridge; Coventry Cathedral; Kelvingrove Art Gallery, Glasgow; and the Royal Festival Hall, London.

Since this success, Greg has given recitals as an organist, conductor and accompanist at many venues throughout the UK and abroad, including the cathedrals of Canterbury, Carlisle, Manchester, Newcastle, Ripon, Rochester, Sheffield, St. Giles Edinburgh, and Truro; as well as at Cartmel Priory, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, London, and York Minster.

In 1996 Greg was appointed Organist and Director of Music at Northallerton Parish Church, a post he held until 2014.  During their 2006-7 season he acted as Accompanist to the Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.  In June 2013 Greg performed as soloist in Poulenc's Organ Concerto in Ripon Cathedral, in a summer concert celebrating the Tour de France and Ripon Choral Society's sixtieth anniversary.

Greg teaches music in schools and colleges throughout the North East and North West of England and has appeared as a pianist and organist on ITV’s Emmerdale programme!  Alongside his work with the North Yorkshire Chorus, he is Accompanist for Leeds College of Music Choral Society and Accompanist and Deputy Conductor to Ripon Choral Society.

"It was obvious that Greg Smith is held in great esteem and affection by the Chorus....  His conducting was expressive, precise, faultless."
(Darlington and Stockton Times, 2016)

Caroline HodgsonCaroline Hodgson

Caroline Hodgson is the Accompanist to the Chorus.

Caroline was educated at Aylesbury High School for girls in Buckinghamshire and at Durham University, where she gained an honours degree in Music.  She is organist at St. Mark’s Church, Darlington, and has given recitals in Ushaw College (Durham), Darlington, Barnard Castle, Morpeth and Weston Turville (Buckinghamshire).   She acts as accompanist to musicians in exams and concerts, and particularly enjoys working with singers: as well as the North Yorkshire Chorus, she also plays for the Richardson Singers Ladies’ Choir in Darlington. 

When not busy at a keyboard, Caroline is a keen promoter of the Campaign for Real Ale, of which she is a long-standing member.


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