Our Accompanists in 2017 are :

             Rosemary Robinson, Lee Dunleavy, Fiona Gates and Richard Holloway 

Private rehearsal with the official accompanist before the Festival may be arranged at a fee of £15.00 per half-hour. Check the accompanist for your class and call the relevant number below.

Rosemary Robinson      tel: 01788 567613

Rosemary read music at Newnham College, Cambridge. Now based in Rugby, she is much in demand as a freelance accompanist and teacher. She has performed throughout the UK as well as in Germany and Norway both on piano and harpsichord. In her spare time she enjoys writing music for recorder ensemble: her suite Ambion Hill was commissioned for the 2009 Society of Recorder Players Festival. She was recently soloist in the premiere of John Hawkes’ Concertino for harpsichord and recorder orchestra. She has also been the official accompanist at the Northern Recorder Course.

Lee Dunleavy   tel: 07817 695535

Lee is a dynamic choral conductor, recitalist and composer, based in Northamptonshire. A former Organ Scholar of Hertford College in the University of Oxford and York Minster, he holds both the Choral Directing Diploma and the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists and is a prize-winning holder of the Archbishops’ Certificate in Church Music. He is Musical Director of the Northampton Bach Choir, and Director of Music at churches in Olney and Wellingborough


Fiona Gates   tel: 07845605217  or  01788 823011

Having studied with Joan Last, Fiona was awarded a Junior Exhibitioner to study in London. Fiona later went on to do a music degree.


Richard Holloway     tel: 01604 810196

Richard studied at Royal Manchester College of Music. He then taught piano there and  was staff accompanist for several years. In 1975 he moved to Northamptonshire to join Northamptonshire Music & Performing Arts Service as accompanist and teacher and was for many years head of Trinity Music & Performing Arts Centre.