Alan Leech is one of Ireland’s leading tenors and choral practitioners. Since graduating from UCC in 1995, he has been in consistent demand as both a performer and choral specialist. Not only has Alan performed chamber music, but he has also performed with most of Ireland’s leading orchestras and choirs in oratorio and concert performances. Some of his performance pieces include Monteverdi’s Vespers, Mozart’s Mass in C, Haydn’s Nelson Mass & Heiligemess, Barber’s Songs of Kierkegaard and Tippet’s A Child of our Time. He has also performed with Opera Cork, Opera South, Anna Livia Opera and Opera Ireland. His roles have included Acis in Handel’s Acis & Galatea, Tamino in Mozart’s The Magic Flute, Goro in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and El Remondado in Bizet’s Carmen.
Apart from his performance career, Alan has a true passion for education and choral development. He is much in demand as a voice teacher, and has been teaching singing at the Leinster School of Music & Drama since 2003, where he also lectures in Aural Skills and Choral Conducting for Griffith College’s H Dip in Music.
Working as both a professional singer and singing teacher is central to Alan’s significant contribution to the greater choral community in Ireland. He has worked as a vocal consultant for the Association of Irish Choirs on its annual Conductors Summer School. Since 2007, the AOIC have invited him to work as a tenor coach for the Irish Youth Choir, and recently as a vocal coach for the exciting new Irish Youth Chamber Choir. In 2012, Alan joined the teaching staff of the Ulster Youth Choir.
Alan is also an education facilitator for Chamber Choir Ireland’s Educational Outreach programme. A highlight of this role has been working on the ‘Sing’ project since 2007 in conjunction with Axis, Ballymun, which brings together groups of older people to develop choral skills.
Alan has received many invitations to work with a varying range of choirs and ensembles nationwide through the combination of his singing, pedagogy and conducting skills. Mixing such skills is what sets Alan apart. The groups he works with would include the Mornington Singers, Culwick Choral Society, Limerick Choral Union, Anima Chamber Choir, Dublin, Tribal Chamber Choir, Galway, Cois Cladaigh, Galway, Aspiro, Carlow, Cork Chamber Choir, Pfizerphonics, Cork and Tredagh Singers in his native Drogheda. Outside of the traditional choral world, Alan has facilitated workshops in Coolmine Rehabilitation and Cork prison.
Alan’s extensive experience and abilities in the choral area have led to invitations from several bodies to develop choral programmes for both the young and older people, including Dún Laoghaire –Rathdown County Council, Dublin City Council, South Dublin County Council, Tipperary County Council, the Temple Bar Cultural Trust and the Bealtaine Festival.
Working with 3rd level students, adult choirs, older people, and young singers in both primary and post primary education is one of the most fulfilling, stimulating and rewarding activities for Alan.