Rowland Lee              

Rowland studied at The Royal College of Music, London, 1979 - 1984 with Phillip Cannon, Joseph Horovitz (Composition) and Ian Lake (Piano). GRSM Hons. 2.1. President of the RCM Students’ Association, 1982-3 (the College’s centenary year).

Rowland is one of the UK's best-known composers of music for animation, with over 600 episodes of various series and short films to his credit, including Cloudbabies, 64 Zoo Lane, Salut Serge, Pablo, Engie Benjy, Crapston Villas and The Little Reindeer.  For the choreographer Sir Matthew Bourne, he orchestrated Nutcracker! and Swan Lake, the world's most-performed dance production in it's 22-year history.  Swan Lake will be at Sadler's Wells Theatre again in December 2018 and January 2019.

Rowland has created orchestrations for many dance companies including the Birmingham Royal Ballet, the Royal Ballet of Flanders and the Washington Ballet.  His composition, Requiem, and other concert music is published by Edition Peters; the St Petersburg performance of this Requiem in 2011, which Rowland conducted, was the Russian debut of the mezzo-soprano Dame Sarah Connolly, for whom the work was composed.  He has also conducted ballet and orchestral music in Italy, Germany, Holland, Israel and Cuba.

Highlights from Rowland's work as a musical director/arranger in the London theatre include Over My Shoulder, Ann Veronica, The Amazons, Ruthless, Vanity FairMarry Me A Little (with Rebecca Front) and Bumblescratch (with Darren Day).  several of these productions were recorded for CD release, with the CD of The Amazons, co-produced with Stewart Nicholls, receiving a Grammy nomination for Best Cast Film.

Rowland is currently musical arranger and supervising musical director for A Spoonful of Sherman, which has recently commenced its UK tour and was in performance at the Theatre Royal, Lincoln in May 2018.  He also conducts the RAF Cranwell Military Wives Choir, who performed as guests of the Sleaford Choral in their Summer Concert 2018 in St Denys' Church on the theme of 'Songs of Stage and Screen.'

Rowland is proud to have been associated with the Sleaford Choral Society, firstly as an accompanist and now its Musical Director and conductor, for more than 10 years.


Rowland both collects and restores player pianos and reed organs, reproducing pianos and related instruments and music rolls.  He is a passionate student of architecture of all periods, with special interest in that of the nineteenth and early twentienth centuries, being a former voluntary case worker for the Victorian Society.

Rowland is also a scholar of the life and works of the composer Erich Wolfgang Korngold, and an author of a dissertation on this subject, published in 1983.  He is also co-author of the programme note for the British premiere of Korngold’s opera, “Die Tote Stadt” at the South Bank Centre,performed in 1998.

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