Growing up in north London, Lesley belonged to the local Anglican church from early childhood, later joining the choir and gaining a grounding in choral singing and traditional hymns. Lyrics learned during this period remain with her and have influenced her spiritual formation.
At Durham University, she was college chapel rep., helping to plan worship. During a year in France she worshipped with a Brethren assembly, giving her a different musical diet.
After teaching in Oxford, Lesley moved to Liverpool for her husband’s first curacy. They stayed in Liverpool for 40 years, in urban and suburban churches. Most recently they were near neighbours of Ian Sharp, who later became Director of Music at their church. Lesley worked with Ian on choosing hymns, and they co-led a worship group. He also introduced her to The Hymn Society.
From the late 1990s, Lesley was a proof-reader/copy-editor, editing many titles for Church House Publishing, including Common Worship, and liturgical resources such as Together for a Season. She also proofread Roots for Churches for several years. This introduced her to new liturgical resources and music.
Now in Cumbria, Lesley chooses hymns for their village church. Along with over 20 others from local Anglican churches, she is taking the Worship for Today course and discovering more about good worship-leading and how best to use available resources. She mentions The Hymn Society whenever she can, as a source of fellowship, inspiration and education. Many church people have never heard of it. She’s trying to change that!
Lesley is a serving member of The Hymn Society’s Publications Committee.