• Alistair Dixon

  • Alistair Dixon is the LMC's acting director and 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.

  • Richard Smith

  • 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 the founding director of the LMC Richard 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.