Louth Choral Society

Established before 1836

Allan Smith

Musical Director

Louth Choral Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Allan Smith as Musical Director of the Society from 1st January 2017.

Allan moved to Lincolnshire in 2014 to take up the position of ‘Master of the Choristers’ at St James’s Church in Louth.  Since then, he has firmly established himself as an active musician in the area, teaching music and holding the post of ‘Choral Director’ at King Edward VI Grammar School in Louth.  He has also formed a new community boys’ choir, ‘Laudate’, which occasionally sings services at St James’s and participates in local concerts. 
In 2015, he lead a successful choir tour with KEVIGS to Barcelona and directed the combined forces of the School’s and St James’s Choir in the premiere performance of Patrick Hawes’s Thou Art There, written to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the completion of St James’s Church spire.  In addition, he has delivered several choral workshops for the Church Schools Festival in Lincoln Cathedral. 

Allan has held previous Choral Director posts in Chelmsford, Carlisle, Gloucester and Blackheath, and was a founder co-director of the Gloucestershire County Junior Choir.

Originally from Ayr in south west Scotland, he studied at the universities of Bangor and Cambridge, continuing with further vocal studies at the Birmingham Conservatoire and the Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, Cardiff, and completing an opera training programme with English National Opera.

As a solo Baritone, Allan’s performances have included Vaughan Williams’s Serenade to Music with the Philharmonia Orchestra, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana with Birmingham Royal Ballet, Vaughan Williams’s Sea Symphony with the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms with the BBC National Orchestra of Wales.