Lester Simpson

Lester Simpson is a singer, songwriter, actor, musician and broadcaster. He works as a soloist and with the internationally acclaimed a cappella trio Coope Boyes and Simpson, in Europe, America and New Zealand. As a soloist, his CD ONE is described by Living Tradition Magazine as an emotive recording of finely gauged strengths and challenging depths. He has recorded numerous CD’s with British and international artists.
His work in film and theatre includes a period with the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Theatre in London and as Musical Director of ‘Private Peaceful’ in Belgium. Written commissioned work includes:

  • In Flanders Fields Museum’ Belgium,

  • Kershaw Comes Home BBC Radio 1,

  • Peace Concerts Passendale,

  • The Belper Suite, Belper Millennium Celebrations,

  • March of Time For Wellingborough Council,

  • The National Street Choir Festival Derbyshire,

  • Derbyshire Children’s Festival,

  • Digby Lincolnshire 400th anniversary of the plague,

  • Milford Derbyshire music for the film Samuel Slater Hero or Traitor and Spinning Down The Derwent

Radio includes performances on European radio, and BBC Radio 1,2 3 and 4. He also presents the weekly two-hour live show ‘Folkwaves’, for BBC Midlands Radio.

He teaches singing classes for Derbyshire County and Derby City Councils encouraging people to sing in harmony, and leads the Raise Your Voices choir. He has been lead tutor on numerous workshop weekends. His work in schools and with community choirs includes song-writing and commissioned works. As a Lead Musician in care homes for the elderly, he works with the Derbyshire Dales based charity, ‘First Taste’.

Some of the best song writing in Britain Andy Kershaw BBC Radio 1

Shed loads of talent Mike Harding BBC Radio 2

Lester Simpson also proves himself an exceptional songwriter Mojo

Lester Simpson is pitch perfect, I salute him Living Tradition

Lester sails with ‘The Tall Ships Youth Trust’ as a Watch Leader and Bosun and his love of the sea is often reflected in his written and musical works.

Lester Simpson Bagpiper

In celebration of a special time, place or persons, the pipes provide the unique moment, for a memorable occasion.

Lester has piped at many large formal events such as the opening of ‘The in Flanders Fields Museum’ Belgium, in many National theatres and has been selected as a choice on Desert Island Discs.  However, he has also attended numerous weddings, funerals and special days as the official piper.

To find out more contact Lester on 01629 820 256 or 07951 390 789.