From 1973 to 1986 he was on the staff of the Royal Academy of Music where he taught choral conducting, sightsinging, harmony and other subjects. From 1973 to 1986, he was Director of Music at St. Jude-on-the-Hill Church in Hampstead Garden Suburb in London. He also served as organist at St. Mary-at-Hill Church in the City of London during that period.
From 1987 to 2004 Peter served as Cantor (Director of Music) at the Lutheran Church of St. Anne & St. Agnes in the City of London. At this historic church, built by Christopher Wren in 1680, he completed performances of all 220 Bach cantatas mostly in the monthly St. Anne’s Bach Vespers. With the Lecosaldi Ensemble, a group of professional singers and instrumentalists he founded and still directs, Peter presented many choral and orchestral works in concerts and services.
Peter is an accomplished recitalist who has given organ concerts in Britain, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and the United States. He made his 24th organ recital tour in Denmark in 2011. He made his 18th musical tour to the United States in 2011. Earlier in 2011, he was guest director of the De Swaen Barokensemble performing Bach Cantatas and other works at the Oude Lutherse Kerk (Old Lutheran Church) in Amsterdam. He has given organ recitals at Westminster Abbey (London), St. Paul’s Cathedral (London) as well as Washington’s National Cathedral. He has also performed with the Lecosaldi Ensemble at Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral. In October 2004, he gave the 27th annual recital in the distinguished Paul D. Wickre Memorial Concert Series at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, Maryland. He has broadcast on Britain’s Radio Three as well as making recordings of organ and instrumental music.
Peter conducts the Camden Chamber Choir and other choral societies as well as serving as a tutor at the annual Oxford Baroque Week. He frequently leads workshops on major choral works for singers and instrumentalists. He also travels throughout Great Britain as an examiner for the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music.
He has composed many vocal and instrumental works as well as compositions for organ. He uses the pseudonym “Lecosaldi” when composing in the baroque style of Handel and Telemann. He uses “Lea-Cox” when composing in a contemporary idiom.
Gillian Humphreys Lea-Cox, Peter’s wife who usually accompanies her husband on musical tours, is a soprano and a piano teacher who studied at the Royal Academy of Music. She is also an accomplished potter and cake decorator. Peter and Gilly live in rural Devon, England, in a thatched-roofed cottage built in 1560 and that has a priest hole!`
Peter and Gillian Lea-Cox will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on December 3, 2011.
Peter Lea-Cox - "Lecosaldi"
English musician Peter Lea-Cox has been known as "Lecosaldi" since his student days at London's Royal Academy of Music. A fellow student heard him improvising brilliantly in the style of Vivaldi and exclaimed, "You're not Lea-Cox, you're Lecosaldi." The name stuck and Peter and has been known as "Lecosaldi" for more than 40 years!
Peter founded the Lecosaldi Ensemble of London, a group of professional singers and instrumentalists, based for 30 years at the Lutheran Church of St. Anne and St. Agnes on Gresham Street in the City of London. The Lecosaldi Ensemble completed performances of all 220 plus Bach cantatas during his years as Cantor at St. Anne's. Peter is a virtuoso organist, improviser, director and composer. He regularly visits the United States for musical tours. Contact the Rev. Ronald T. Englund at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to invite Lecosaldi for recitals, choral workshops, musical services and other musical events.
A native of Bournemouth, England, Peter Lea-Cox studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and received a London University Certificate in Education in 1967. From 1967 to 1972 he was Assistant Music Master at Oundle School, Northamptonshire.