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Raymond Lewis - conductor of All Saints’ Festival Choir

Raymond Lewis has followed a triple career as pianist, conductor and organist. Until he renewed his interest in conducting and early music, most of his time was spent as a pianist, both as soloist and particularly in chamber music in various trios, duos and ensembles.  He has made several appearances at the Purcell Room and on the BBC.  A former recipient of the 'Ricordi' conducting prize, he is an experienced orchestral and choral conductor. He was, for many years, Director of Music of St Stephen's Rochester Row in Westminster, and has been organist at various London churches. He has played at most of the major cathedrals in the UK, and has given solo recitals in St David's Cathedral, Rochester Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, The Cathedral and Abbey Church of St Alban, Chichester Cathedral, and Westminster Central Hall.

As director of the professional period instrument group, Medici Baroque, and of the Medici Chamber Choir, Raymond performed extensively both in the UK and in France, including a number of appearances at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris. As a singer he has been a member of various groups and taken part in numerous BBC broadcasts. As a pianist, duo partners have included the violinist, Ralph Holmes, Alexander Boyarsky (former principal cellist of the Moscow Symphony Orchestra), and Pablo Casals' protege, Rohan da Saram. He made his London debuts variously as solo pianist, accompanist, in chamber music, as continuo player, and as conductor on the South Bank. As a composer, Raymond Lewis's output includes some instrumental music, much church music, and a large-scale setting of the Gloria for chorus, baritone soloist and orchestra. His compositions have been performed at the Barbican Centre, the Royal Festival Hall, the Fairfield Hall, St Alban's Abbey, Rochester Cathedral, and Liverpool Cathedral.   His anthem, It came even to Pass, was described in the press as 'outstanding'.

Raymond Lewis, who has been conductor of All Saints' Festival Choir and Orchestra since its inception in 1992, was Director of Music at Orpington Parish Church of All Saints from 1989 until 2018, and conductor of Orpington Symphony Orchestra from 2003 until 2018.