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James Upton and Nigel Simeone present a collection of Baroque, Classical, and Romantic baritone repertoire

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James Upton is currently in the final year of his A Levels at English Martyrs Catholic School, studying Maths, Physics, and, of course, Music. James joined Leicester Cathedral Choir at the age of 5, and progressed from Probationer to Head Chorister at 13. He now sings in the Senior Choir and has performed many solos with the choir, such as the Baritone solos in Fauré's Requiem, Libera Me and Hostias at the Cathedral concert and A Spotless Rose by Herbert Howells. Through the Cathedral he has performed at prestigious events such as services for the reinternment of Richard III, concerts at De Montfort Hall, and tours to Germany, the Isle of Man, Worcester Cathedral and Durham Cathedral. He is currently a Choral Scholar with Leicestershire Chorale. Next year he will read Engineering with a Choral Scholarship at Kings College London.

In April 2019, James achieved a distinction in his Grade 8 Singing, under the tutelage of Emma Trounson and is working towards the ARSM Diploma with his current singing teacher, Tom Williams, director of Leicestershire Chorale and member of world leading choir for new music, Exaudi. James has appeared as a guest soloist with local choirs: Fosse Singers, Semper Singers and further afield with St Cecilia Singers.

As a member of the National Youth Choir for 5 years, James has enjoyed performances in London at the Royal Albert Hall in 2016 and in Sunderland with a nautical-themed programme in 2019. He is also a keen trombone player and a proud member of the National Schools Symphony Orchestra where he attends yearly residentials at Malvern College.

Nigel Simeone was born in London in 1956. After graduating in Music from Manchester University he worked in music publishing and bookselling before becoming a teacher at secondary schools and in universities. From 2012 until 2020 he taught at English Martyrs’ Catholic School in Leicester, where he conducted performances of works such as Handel’s Messiah, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Britten’s Noye’s Fludde. Nigel is also a writer and broadcaster. He has published books on Janáček, Bernstein and Messiaen and appears regularly on BBC Radio. As a performing musician, Nigel has worked extensively as a conductor and as an accompanist.

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A warm welcome to you all from Leicester Cathedral.

Leicester Cathedral is at the physical heart of our city and county. Our church, built on the site of a Roman temple and dedicated to St Martin of Tours, has been embedded in the public, economic, cultural and religious life of this community since medieval times. Since 1927, as the seat of the Bishop of Leicester, we now gather people together for worship, celebration, lament, debate and service of the poor and vulnerable. We offer hospitality to the wider church, the communities of faith which make up our multicultural society and those who come as visitors to the East Midlands, especially in search of the story of King Richard III.

We have found here that God’s love is liberating, transcending all the barriers that separate us and calling us to be a pilgrim people. We meet Jesus Christ afresh daily as we serve those most in physical or spiritual need. Every day we see that those who come as strangers so often leave as friends.

We are open for worship and visiting most days –  I invite you to come and see and to join with us in this adventure.

The Very Revd David Monteith, Dean of Leicester

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