Our Musical Director Alex Kyle and accompanist Robert Sudall
Alex Kyle, who lives in Leeds, is already a well established figure in Leeds and Bradford music circles. He is a well known conductor, solo singer and singing teacher. He is MD of the Harrogate based chamber choir Vocalis, a post he has held since 2013.
From 2013-22 Alex was Choral Director for Leeds Diocese Music during which period he conducted Bradford Cathedral Youth Choir in prestigious venues such as the Papal Basilica of St Peter’s in the Vatican. He has also performed on BBC television and Radio 3 and 4.
He is also in demand as a solo singer and guest conductor , and has run workshops at regional music festivals. He has recently completed his Masters Degree in Solo Voice Ensemble Singing at the University of York.
Robert Sudall is a jazz pianist, organist and composer, with a musical outlook of unique scope and ambition. Studying organ at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, Robert has since developed into a musician with a huge array of musical interests and influences. Drawing on genres as diverse as classical, jazz and folk, to world, electronic and rock, he is continually seeking new sources of inspiration from which to grow and deepen his craft.
As a performer, Robert has given concerts across the UK and Europe, both as a soloist and as part of his contemporary piano trio, ‘Motion Complex’. Prior to the pandemic, during 2019, Robert played a series of piano recitals around the UK, in which he performed entirely improvised sets. These events offered a musical freedom and challenge that greatly appealed to Robert’s musical imaginings.
Having recorded several albums over the last decade, all featuring his own compositions, Robert’s second album ‘Silently Evolving’ was played extensively on BBC Radio 2. This was recorded on the beautiful Wurlitzer theatre organ at Victoria Hall, in the World Heritage Site of Saltaire, UK.
Robert is in extensive demand as both an accompanist and teacher. He has accompanied choral societies across the Yorkshire region and is the regular accompanist for Ilkley Choral Society and Cantores Olicanae. Since 2017 he has been one of the ballet pianists for the academy of Northern Ballet.
His latest, upcoming project ‘Monocle Dog’ showcases an entirely new band of musicians. With Robert on Hammond organ, the band will bring jazz, funk and blues styles to the fore. Collaborating with long-time musical partner Grant Russell, the project also features new collaborators Darren Dutson-Bromley (guitar) and Mark Lewalski (drums).