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Award-winning Composer, Mentor, Choral Director and Music Publisher...book a free online consultation to discuss your next project or idea
Leeds, West Yorkshire
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Born in North Yorkshire, Tim became a chorister in York Minster Choir under Dr Francis Jackson, with the daily round of choral services exposing him to an immense and diverse repertoire. Tim also studied choral conducting with John Coates and, at the age of 8, composed his first piece of music (a grace for his school which subsequently became used regularly). After many years accruing knowledge, expertise and experience, Tim now enjoys a multi-faceted musical career as: Composer and Arranger of Choral, Instrumental, Orchestral and Organ music for all abilities and occasions; Conductor and Choral Director of 3 Yorkshire choirs (two of which he founded); Author of best-selling 'must-have' choir and concert management books; Music Publisher of his own portfolio and a number of other Composers; Keynote speaker, Guest Conductor, Recitalist, Accompanist and Organist; Over 20 years' experience running Choir tours, Singing Holidays and Choral Workshops; Teacher and mentor to budding composers, conductors and singers. Tim is a problem-solver and loves nothing more than to get his teeth into a new project and always applies a common sense, practical approach to achieve the end goal.

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Classical, Christmas, Traditional church music, Baroque, Early music, Fanfare, Medieval music, Renaissance, Contemporary classical, Classical crossover, Folk, Traditional Scottish folk, Traditional Irish folk, Traditional English folk, Welsh folk, 1920s era music, 1930s era music, 1940s era music, 1950s era music, 1980s era music, 1970s era music, 1960s era music, Jazz, Cabaret, Ragtime, Swing, Easy listening, Light music, Originals, Italian music, German music, French music, Russian music, Scottish music, 1990s era music
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Private event, Funeral / Memorial service, Wedding, Wedding proposal, Church service, Concert, Corporate event
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Composer, Accompanist, Theory teaching, Composition teaching, Singing teaching, Arranger, Songwriter, Orchestrator, Fluent improviser, Fluent sight-reader, Examiner
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Song list

FOR THE SMALLER CHOIR (Unison/2pt/3pt) (Sacred, Folk/Trad and Christmas):
Were you there
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis
Evening Hymn (SAB) (SATB version also available)
A Celtic Blessing
Cantate Domino
Prayer of St Patrick
Jesus Lord we look to thee
The Souls of the Righteous
Suo Gan
Love came down at Christmas
Away in a Manger
A Tender Shoot
How lies this little child
Missa in Memoriam (Solo or Unison)
FOR MIXED VOICE CHOIR (Sacred, Folk/Trad and Christmas)
Six Anthems for Mixed Voices
Evening Canticles (SAB and SATB versions)
How they so softly rest
We are a single voice
O Thou who camest from above
Requiem Aeternam (extract)
I will lift up mine eyes
God be with you
Fifth Avenue Mass
To Everything there is a Season
Let us now praise famous men
2 Ancient Celtic Prayers
Canticle of the Creatures
Celtic Blessing of the 9 Elements
Go forth on your journey (extract from Requiem Aeternam)
A Thanksgiving
Peace I leave with you
I was glad when they said
Ave Verum Corpus
Beati Mortui
Rise up my love
Come My Way My truth
Let all the world in every corner sing
Lorica of St Patrick
Last Rose of Summer
A Description of London
Your Voices Tune
The old sow took the measles
Banks of Allan Water
Barbara Allen
I know where I’m going
David of the White Rock
Gartan Mother’s Lullaby
The Water is Wide
He’s Gone Away
I will give my love an apple
A booklet of 4 Traditional Arrangements (11 min set)
Before the paling of the stars
While Shepherds Watched
Here we come a Wassailing
Sweet was the Song
What sweeter music can we bring
Songs from the British Isles: Books 1 & 2
3 Countryside Songs
2 Contralto Songs
2 Soprano Songs
Journey’s End
Bird Songs
MUSIC FOR MALE VOICE CHOIR (Sacred, Secular and Christmas)
It is well with my soul
Missa Brevis
They lie at rest
He wishes for the cloths of heaven
Skye Boat Song
I saw three ships
Silent Night
Hodie Christus Natus Est
Look to this Day
Still Still Still
Beyond the Sea
Various titles for manuals and pedals and manuals only for all abilities
Various titles for all abilities for flute, oboe, clarinet, violin, piano and trumpet
Various titles for String Quartet, String Orchestra, Small and Full Orchestra


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Annette B, 4 months ago

I was looking for a way to improve my composition skills but it’s hard to know where to turn. I liked Tim’s work so I jumped in for some 1-2-1 sessions not quite knowing what to expect! It’s going to be a slightly different experience for everyone I guess, but to me the benefit of having guidance from someone who really knows his stuff is invaluable and Tim’s observations made me think differently from day one.

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Robin C, 3 years ago

We bought a sailing boat, sold the house, and travelled 15,000 miles, including two Atlantic crossings. Eventually reality kicks in and a house beckons; landlubbers again. However, you have memories and log books to remember the highs and lows! What better way to commemorate a trip of a lifetime than a musical composition. Over a cup of coffee with Tim Knight we discussed the commission, and left Tim with the log book entries and suggestions. Tim Knight has a very relaxed and easy going manner which belies his dedication and professionalism in producing the finished article. I first heard ‘Atlantic Rhapsody’ when it premiered at a ‘sea’ themed concert at St Bartholomew’s Church in Leeds organized by Tim in March 2018. It embodied all my expectations and Tim delivered a stunning piece of music to remember a memorable voyage.

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