was appointed Principal
Conductor and Chorus Director from the start of the 2007-8
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
Durrant prizes, and is a Licentiate of Trinity College, London.
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,
to recitals at Clare College, Cambridge; Coventry Cathedral;
Gallery, Glasgow; and the Royal Festival Hall, London.
this success, Greg has given recitals as an organist, conductor and accompanist at
venues throughout the UK and abroad, including the cathedrals of Canterbury, Carlisle,
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.
their 2006-7 season he acted as Accompanist to the Sheffield
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)
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
Yorkshire Chorus, she also plays for the Richardson Singers Ladies’
not busy at a keyboard, Caroline is a keen
promoter of the Campaign for Real Ale, of which she is a long-standing