As a conductor of orchestras and choirs, Noël is in demand worldwide.
In 1987 he became Artistic Director of the Langham Arts Trust to develop the expanding ministry of the All Souls musicians in concerts, publications and recordings. His work with the All Souls Orchestra and Prom Praise has been a major influence and pleasure to audiences and conductor alike.
He is one of the regular team of conductors on the BBC TV programme Songs of Praise, where in May 2014 he directed the singing for the filming of World War One special programme in Ypres, Belgium. He has contributed compositions and arrangements to a wide range of hymnals and songbooks, and is Chairman of Jubilate Hymns. He has influenced a generation of developments in contemporary church music and in the adoption of orchestral instruments in worship. For this in 2002 he was awarded a Lambeth Doctorate of Music by Archbishop George Carey and in 2009 a Fellowship of the Royal School of Church Music.
Noël has also directed music for Billy Graham crusades in Toronto and Ottawa, and for HM the Queen at St James’s Palace, Balmoral and for the Golden Jubilee celebrations.
It was back in the early 1960s, as a boy-chorister at Southwark Cathedral in London, that a life-long love of church music, biblical texts, Anglican liturgy and also of the classical and commercial Theatre was firmly established in him – when, at the Cathedral, as an impressionable young teenager, he was awarded one of the inaugural ”Oscar Hammerstein Chanterships” (scholarships) as Head Chorister there.
Noël will conduct this years Prom Praise at the Royal Albert Hall with the All souls Orchestra and guest artists Paul Baloche and Ben Cantelon.
For relaxation he still enjoys the theatre, architecture, overseas travel and country walking. Noël is married to Fiona and they are parents of Isabel, an Events Project Manager for Tearfund, and James who is in his third year at the University of Kent studying French.