Edmund Aldhouse has been assistant organist of Ely Cathedral since September 2013. He is also organist at King’s Ely, where the cathedral choristers are educated. His work at Ely is centred on accompanying and directing the cathedral choir in daily services, recordings, tours and broadcasts, and has involved collaborations with artists as diverse as Gareth Malone and Jethro Tull. Prior to taking up his appointment at Ely, Edmund held posts at Chichester and Rochester cathedrals, and was latterly assistant director of music at Ripon Cathedral. A pupil first of Chetham’s School of Music and then the Manchester Grammar School, and a former organ scholar of Pembroke College, Oxford, from where he holds a first-class honours degree in French and German, Edmund’s organ teachers have included John Wellingham and David Sanger.
Much of his organ study was pursued in France under Frédéric Blanc and François-Henri Houbart, result- ing in a unanimous Premier Prix de Virtuosité at the Conservatoire de Rueil-Malmaison, near Paris, in 2008. He continues to study the organ with Henry Fairs as part of Birmingham Conservatoire’s programme for young professionals.
Away from his cathedral duties, Edmund gives organ recitals at venues throughout the UK, and is also active as a teacher, continuo player and accompanist, appearing regularly with Ely Choral Society and other groups. He has been director of Ely Cathedral’s voluntary choir, the Ely Cathedral Octagon Singers, since earlier this year.
Callum Alger gained his early musical education as a chorister at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton. It was here that he began to study the organ with Stephen Moore, and in September 2011 was appointed as the Organ Scholar at St Matthew’s. Whilst in Northampton, Callum worked as the Music Technician at the Northampton School for Boys, and was accompanist for the Northamptonshire County Youth Choir and Boys Choir. Last summer, Callum gained a distinction in his Associateship of Trinity College London diploma.
Callum has recently finished his year as the Michael James Organ Scholar at Portsmouth Cathedral: a joint role between the Cathedral and the Grammar School, assisting in the music departments at both establishments. He was the rehearsal pianist in preparation for the Grammar School's world premiere of a new cantata by Jonathan Dove 'For an Unknown Soldier' (written for Remembrance 2014), and accompanied the cathedral choir on their Christmas Day BBC Radio 4 broadcast.
He can be heard accompanying the choir and playing a solo, on the newly released St Matthew's Church choir CD 'O How Glorious', and has recently played for the Royal Yacht Squadron's bicentenary service, in which HRH the Duke of Edinburgh was present. Callum was fortunate enough to be part of the finals of the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition 2015 in Armagh, and has also very recently become an Associate of the Royal College of Organists.
Callum is currently in his first year as an undergraduate student at Birmingham Conservatoire, with organ as his principal study. Alongside his course, he is the Acting Director of Music at St Thomas’ Church, Stourbridge, where he runs the flourishing music department: regularly playing the organ, conducting the choir and leading the administrative side of things too.
Ralf Ayling-Miller began learning the organ at the age of 11 with Christopher Fletcher, organist at Plymouth Cathedral. He went on to Wells Cathedral School and studied under the guidance of Matthew Owens, organist at Wells Cathedral as well as holding an Organ Scholarship at St John's, Parish church of Glastonbury from 2008 to 2012, playing in Salisbury, Wells, Hereford & Exeter Cathedrals and churches around Somerset accompanying evensong with the choir. Ralf is currently senior organ scholar at St Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton, which currently has over 100 choristers, and has toured with both the boys and girls choir to such cathedrals including Exeter, Ripon, Durham & Canterbury. Recital venues include Exeter & Chester Cathedrals and St Peter's, Budleigh Salterton, where he gave a recital this summer as the Festival's Organist. Ralf is currently in his fourth and final year at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Michael Blake is an accomplished pianist, organist and accompanist. In the winter of 2011 he gained his ATCL Piano Performance Diploma and has achieved Grade 8 Organ with distinction. For the past three years, Michael has been an Organ Scholar at Birmingham Conservatoire studying for a Bmus(Hons). He is currently working towards his ARCO organ diploma which he hopes to gain during his time at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Michael is the Organist to Warwick School where he is involved in the tuition of choristers and accompaniment of a number of choirs. Michael held the post of Assistant Organist to the Academia Musica Choir, playing for weekly evensongs in many British Cathedrals, broadcasts, and both national and international tours. He is also the accompanist for the Hereford Police Male Choir who take part in many concerts around the country and concert venues including the Royal Albert Hall.
As well as playing with many professional pianists and organists such as Danny Driver, Gillian Weir and Henry Fairs, Michael has played in workshops and services at many high profile venues. These include: King’s College, Cambridge with Stephen Cleobury; Trinity College, Cambridge with Stephen Layton; Canterbury Cathedral; Birmingham Symphony Hall; and Eton College Chapel.
His aspirations for the future are to continue and develop his professional career in accompanying choirs on piano and organ as well as continuing his music education to a higher level.
A student of Birmingham Conservatoire currently studying for a BMus (Hons), Samuel Bristow is also Organ Scholar of Coventry Cathedral. He studies organ with Henry Fairs & Daniel Moult. Prior to this, he was Organ Scholar of Cirencester Parish Church while having lessons with Dr Anthony Hammond. In addition to his duties there he was also Principal Accompanist for the 50-strong Ashton Keynes Village Choir, and accompanied the ‘Sing It’ Children’s Choir based in Cirencester. It was during this time that he gained his ATCL diploma with Distinction. He completed his A-Levels at Cirencester College, obtaining the Read Prize for Music.
Past engagements have included recitals at Doncaster Minster, Christ Church with St Ewen in Bristol and as Choir Organist for the world premiere of Dr Anthony Hammond’s Messe Solennelle for choir and two organs.
A budding composer and transcriber, Sam mainly focusses on writing liturgical music, and has enjoyed challenging sopranos with his fiendish descants. He has recently written a set of ‘Preces and Responses’, a set of Fauxbourdons and is currently writing a set of canticles for treble voices. He has also completed his arrangement of Ravel’s Passacaille (Piano Trio) for solo organ to much success.
Steven Grahl took up the post of Director of Music at Peterborough Cathedral in September 2014, where he is responsible for directing the fifty boy and girl choristers who make up the Cathedral Choir. Prior to this, he spent seven years as Assistant Organist at New College, Oxford, accompanying the chapel choir in services, concerts, broadcasts, webcasts and recordings. In conjunction with this post, he held the position of Organist & Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church, London from 2001-2014, where he directed the professional choir, and was custodian of the 1987 Rieger Organ. Steven was appointed Principal Conductor of the Guildford Chamber Choir in 2006, and has led the choir in a wide-ranging repertoire, including a major commissioned work from Philip Moore in celebration of their 30th Anniversary.
Steven enjoys a varied career as both keyboard player and conductor. Recent concerts include directing Monteverdi's 1610 Vespers with The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble and the Guildford Chamber Choir, conducting Sinfonia Viva in music by Mozart, Stanford and Walton with the choirs of Lincoln, Peterborough, and Southwell Cathedrals, and directing Prime Brass alongside the choir of Peterborough Cathedral. Solo recitals in 2015 include concerts in Bath Abbey, Ely Cathedral, and St Mary’s Cathedral, Edinburgh. Steven has given numerous live performances on BBC Radio, made a number of CD recordings, and is regularly responsible for commissioning new works, and giving their first performances. He is also active as a composer and arranger.
A prize-winning graduate of Magdalen College, Oxford, and the Royal Academy of Music, Steven gained the Limpus (highest mark) and Dixon (improvisation) prizes in the FRCO examination, and is also a holder of the Worshipful Company of Musicians’ Silver Medallion. In 2010, Steven was elected an Associate of the Royal Academy of Music (ARAM), an award offered to past students of the Academy who have distinguished themselves in the music profession and made a significant contribution to it in their particular field. As a member of the Oxford University Faculty of Music, Steven has twice held stipendiary lectureships in music at New College and is in demand as an organ and conducting tutor. He served for two years as Chairman of the Association of Assistant Cathedral Organists, and is currently a Junior Fellow in Choral Direction at Birmingham Conservatoire. Steven was an interpretation finalist in the International Organ Competitions at St Albans (UK) in 2011, and in Dudelange (Luxembourg) in 2013. For more information, please visit stevengrahl.com
Julian Haggett was educated at Thetford Grammar School and began his organ studies at the age of 14 with the late Kenneth Ryder. A desire to play the instrument was ignited after hearing organ works of Bach and exposure to the instrument as a church chorister and at school. Prior to learning the organ Julian also played flute and piano, studying both to Grade 8 after which the organ became the focal point. Aged 18 he gained recital awards at the Oundle International Summer School for organists.
He studied Music at The College of St Hild & St Bede, University of Durham, where Julian was Organ Scholar and studied organ with James Lancelot. Whilst at Durham he also accompanied the Durham Handel Society and University Consort of Voices directed by Jeremy Dibble, and featured on a BBC recording with them.
In 2008 Julian graduated from Durham and took up the position of postgraduate organ scholarship at Chichester Cathedral before going on to be Organist at St Peter Mancroft Church, Norwich in 2009. Besides his duties as church organist at St Peter Mancroft Julian has devoted himself to further organ study with Anne Page and Lionel Rogg. Julian is also in demand as a concert organist, accompanist and tutor. Outside the UK he has given concerts in South Korea, Italy, Holland, and most recently Belgium. Julian accompanies several choirs in the Norwich area for concerts and deputises at Norwich Cathedral for services. As a private tutor he has taught students on organ and pianoforte in preparation for examination, and is a tutor to the Norwich Diocesan Organ Scholarship scheme.
Julian is excited to commence part-time studies for an MA in Instrumental Performance at Birmingham Conservatoire this year, as he seeks to develop his career as a professional organist.
David Hardie was born in Stirlingshire, beginning his organ studies with Richard Galloway at the age of 14. He subsequently became organ scholar of Pembroke College, Cambridge, where he read for a degree in law while studying the organ with Anne Page. He also held the organ scholarship of Dunblane Cathedral. After graduation, David spent eleven years in Cheshire, qualifying as a solicitor and holding various musical appointments, including nine years as Director of Music at St Peter’s, Hale, and eight years as Accompanist and later Director of the Chester St Cecilia Singers.
David resigned from legal practice in 2011 to undertake a Master’s degree at the Royal Northern College of Music. He studied with Jeffrey Makinson and graduated with distinction in 2013, winning the RNCM Organ Recital Prize Competition. David also gained the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists and held the organ scholarship of Manchester Cathedral. He then undertook a further year of private organ study with Gordon Stewart.
In 2014, David was appointed Assistant Director of Music at Birmingham Cathedral where he is the principal accompanist for most services, assists in the training of the Cathedral Choirs and directs the cathedral’s voluntary choir, the St Philip’s Singers. He is also Organist of the Blue Coat School, where he accompanies the Chapel Choir and Choral Society and directs the Year 4 Choir. David gives regular recitals and he has recently begun a programme of further postgraduate organ studies with Henry Fairs under the auspices of Birmingham Conservatoire.
William Parkinson is in his first year at Birmingham Conservatoire where he was offered a scholarship to study for a BMus (Hons). His musical education began aged four, when he started playing the trumpet. Over the following years he gained musical experience, also taking up the piano and singing. Aged fourteen, William commenced organ lessons at Bromsgrove School, as a music scholar, studying with Jonathan Kingston.
In 2014, William gained a gap-year organ scholarship to Worcester Cathedral where he spent a year under the guidance and mentorship of Peter Nardone and Christopher Allsop. He was fully involved in the music department, learning to accompany, rehearse and conduct the various choirs and assisting in the training of the choristers. During this time he also acted as the rehearsal pianist to the cathedral’s chamber choir and he freelanced in and around Worcester. William has recently been awarded the organ scholarship at St Mary’s Collegiate Church in Warwick where he well play for some Sunday and weekday services.
Recent engagements include a recital at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Gibraltar and he has an upcoming concert at St Stephen’s Church in Barbourne, Worcester.
Ryan Leonard received his formative training as organ scholar of Croydon Parish Church. During this time he passed all Associated Board exams with distinction and gained his ARCO (Associate of the Royal College of Organists). He also gave a solo recital at St Paul's Cathedral at the age of 17. Ryan then spent his gap year studying at the Royal Academy of Music where his principal teacher was Nicolas Kynaston. During this time, Ryan participated in numerous performances and masterclasses and also premiered a new work for organ at the Royal Festival Hall.
After the Academy, Ryan took up the Organ Scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford where he worked closely with the Director of Music Bill Ives. In addition to his regular duties of accompanying and directing the grammy-nominated choir for their daily services, Ryan maintained a busy recital career and was also involved in a recording of the choral and organ music of William Byrd.
Ryan continues to study organ at the Birmingham Conservatoire where he is a student of the Head of Organ Henry Fairs. Ryan has performed across the country and further afield as a recitalist and accompanist. Notable venues include Westminster Abbey, St Paul's Cathedral and Cape Town Cathedral. Recordings from some of these performances are available on this site.
When not playing the organ and piano, Ryan can be found flying Boeing 737’s for a major European airline.
Rachel Mahon holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Toronto, where she studied with John Tuttle. Whilst pursuing her degree, Rachel was the Bevan Organ Scholar at Trinity College, University of Toronto as well as the Principal Organist at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. She has won numerous awards and competitions in Canada, including one of five graduating scholarships from the Faculty of Music. Rachel has held organ scholarships at St James Cathedral, Toronto and at Truro Cathedral, England, and is currently the William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar at St. Paul's Cathedral, London, England. She studies with Henry Fairs at the Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2012, Rachel founded the duo Organized Crime with her Canadian friend Sarah Svendsen, a former winner of this Scholarship, and the two organists aim to entertain audiences with their music and a variety of other antics; more information about their unique performances may be found at organizedcrimeduo.com.
Stephen Moore is Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, where he oversees the day to day running of the music department and directs the choir in all choral services at the church. Stephen has continued the famous tradition that began with Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb over 70 years ago of commissioning new music at St Matthew’s, and under his direction the choir have given the premieres of new works by Paul Mealor, David Halls and Philip Stopford, recorded two CDs and undertaken several successful tours.
Stephen completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity College of Music, with organ as principle study, graduating in 2008 with a first class honours degree in performance and winning the college medal for the highest keyboard studies mark in his year along with the college prize for conducting. Whilst at Trinity he studied with William Whitehead and Colm Carey and twice won the Cardnell Organ Prize for outstanding performance. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and a Fellow of Trinity College London. In September 2015 Stephen returns to study at Birmingham Conservatoire where he will receive teaching from Henry Fairs as part of the PGCert course.
Whilst studying in London Stephen spent two years working at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, having previously held posts at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich and Southwell Minster. Upon finishing his degree, Stephen spent a year as Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral, working closely with the cathedral choirs and playing for some of the nine choral services held in the cathedral every week. Until December 2010, Stephen held the post of Organist and Director of Choral Music at Felsted School, Essex, as well as Musical Director of the Braintree Choral Society. He now supplements his work at St Matthew’s with teaching at Northampton Grammar School in Pitsford, and for Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust. Stephen is active on the RSCM committee for Northampton and Peterborough area and was President of the Northampton and District Organists’ Association in 2013. Since 2011 he has been Musical Director of the Northampton Chamber Choir.
As a soloist he has given recitals in numerous churches and cathedrals throughout the country, most recently Salisbury, Leicester and Wakefield Cathedrals, Christ Church Priory and Huddersfield University. He performed in the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester in 2008, and the Southern Cathedrals Festival in Salisbury in 2009. Forthcoming recital engagements include Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Southwell Minster. Stephen has worked as accompanist to various choirs in the Midlands and further afield including Northampton Bach Choir, Northampton Philharmonic Choir and the Yorkshire Philharmonic Choir.
Nicholas Morris spent his early musical years as a chorister at Westminster Abbey under the direction of James O’Donnell. He was subsequently a Music and Academic Scholar at Uppingham School. Between 2011 and 2014, Nicholas held the Organ Scholarship at Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he also read for a degree in music. After graduation, he moved to the West Midlands and took up the post of Assistant Organist at Birmingham Cathedral.
Nicholas has performed extensively as a soloist both in the UK and abroad. International engagements have included performances in Norway, the United States, and in the opening concert of the 2012 City of Münster Orgelsommer. Domestic recital venues have included St Paul's and Southwark Cathedrals in London, the Cathedrals in Ely and Truro, and Westminster Abbey. Nicholas has a particular interest in new music, and gave a solo recital as part of the 2014 London Festival of Contemporary Church music. He regularly collaborates with composer Toby Young and has premiered several of his works. Future engagements include recitals at Westminster Cathedral, on the new Marc Garnier organ at Birmingham University, and a series of concerts in Texas in May 2016. Nicholas also enjoys performing with singers and instrumentalists, recently giving a performance of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and directing Bach’s Fifth Brandenburg concerto from the harpsichord. As accompanist to the Cambridge University Society (CUMS) Chorus during 2012 and 2013, Nicholas acted as an assistant to Stephen Cleobury, and was the organist for all concerts over the season. He is currently the accompanist for the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir, under the direction of Paul Spicer, and plays for their busy schedule of concerts, CD recordings, and radio broadcasts.
While in Cambridge, Nicholas took organ lessons with William Whitehead. He continues his studies in Birmingham with Henry Fairs.
Asako Onishi, originally from Japan, moved to the UK in 2005 with a music scholarship to study at Queen's College, Taunton, where she took lessons with Miles Quick and Margaret Phillips. Having finished her degree in Bachelor of Music at the University of Birmingham, she is currently studying with Henry Fairs while working on her Masters at Birmingham Conservatoire. She has been receiving the Anne and Don Smith Memorial Scholarship at Birmingham Symphony Hall and Town Hall since 2014 where she has been involved with the organ and education outreach projects with the local schools and the public.
Richard Pinel is the Assistant Director of Music of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, where he accompanies the famous choir in some eight services a week. Prior to his appointment in 2009, he held similar posts at Magdalen College, Oxford and Perth Cathedral, Australia and the organ scholarship of St Albans Cathedral. Richard read for a degree in music at Magdalen College, Oxford as the organ scholar. Under the direction of the former King’s Singer, Bill Ives, the Grammy-nominated choir undertook several recording projects on the Harmonia Mundi USA label, on which Richard’s playing was hailed as ‘a force of nature’.
On the international stage, Richard has recently won the First Prize, Ad Wammes Prize and Naji Hakim Prize at the Breda International Organ Competition. Richard currently studies the organ with Henry Fairs as a Junior Fellow at Birmingham Conservatoire. He received his formative musical education as a chorister, and later organ scholar of All Saints’ Church, Northampton and can be heard with them, as chorister, organist and composer on Lammas Records in several recordings. Richard has taken part in various live broadcasts, as both organist and pianist, on BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 4, Classic FM and Radio France Culture.
Outside of St George’s, Richard holds teaching posts at Birmingham Conservatoire and Eton College and he maintains an active recital career. Recent recital venues include St John's College, Cambridge and Antwerp Cathedral.
Beginning musical studies at the age of 11, Kurt Rampton has achieved a consist record of ‘musical excellence’. Currently at Birmingham Conservatoire under the teaching of Henry Fairs, Kurt's vita ranges from master classes with the most prestigious organists, to exceptional marks in performance exams and this year, receiving the Conservatoire's Geoffrey Knowles Memorial Fund. Performing venues have included St. Paul's Cathedral, London the Orgelpark in Amsterdam and St Petri Hauptkirche of Hamburg. Kurt's studies have been supported by the Elstead Millennium Education Fund, The Incorporated Association of Organists Benevolent Fund and further support from the North Hampshire Organists Association (NHOA). Kurt also specialises in Improvisation, composition and has a great interest in research and project based performances. Kurt holds the Licentiate of Trinity College London for Organ performance.
Kurt’s compositional portfolio comprises of over 300 works, covering a vast range of instrumentations and styles, including those outside jazz and classical genre. Kurt is also a successful pianists, performing a range of repertoire.
Martyn Rawles is Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Lichfield Cathedral, and Musical Director of Lichfield Cathedral Chamber Choir. He began his musical training as a chorister at St. Mary Redcliffe, Bristol, subsequently taking up the organ with Anthony Pinel. He was awarded the Burston Organ Scholarship to St. Catharine’s College, Cambridge, where he read History, also serving in his final year as Assistant Organist at the church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs. Martyn moved to Gloucester Cathedral as Organ Scholar for two years, working with the cathedral choirs and other local ensembles, before his appointment as Assistant Organist at Winchester College. During his time at the College he gained his FRCO, winning the Durrant, Baker, Harding, Shinn and Limpus prizes. In September 2007 he returned to Gloucester for a term as Acting Assistant Director of Music, accompanying the cathedral choir and choral society, directing the Cathedral Youth Choir, and appearing on BBC Radios 2, 3 and 4. In January 2008 he took up the position of Sub-Organist at Lichfield, working with the choirs of the Cathedral and Cathedral School, and accompanying them on BBC1, ITV, Classic FM, and BBC Radio 3. He also assists with the cathedral’s flourishing musical outreach programs, and accompanies the Cathedral’s Chorus. In September 2010 he became Cathedral Organist, and in September 2015 Organist and Assistant Director of Music. Since 2009, he has also directed the Cathedral’s Chamber Choir, who are in great demand for concerts, services and broadcasts, resulting in recent appearances in Worcester, The National Memorial Arboretum, Derbyshire, Veszprém, Budapest, Esztergom, and live on BBC Radio 4. Martyn has been a member of the visiting music staff at Shrewsbury School, continues to teach at Lichfield Cathedral School, and is accompanist to the Birmingham Bach Choir. In 2008 he was awarded a silver medal by the Worshipful Company of Musicians. He is also President of the Lichfield and District Organists Asociation. His first solo CD, of organ transcriptions at Lichfield Cathedral, was released in 2014, to enthusiastic reviews in Choir & Organ and other publications. This is his third year on the Conservatoire’s PSP, studying with Henry Fairs.
Josh Roebuck is to take up his scholarship in Organ studies with Henry Fairs at Birmingham conservatoire in September 2015. Josh was previously the Organ scholar at St John the Baptist Knaresborough where he regularly played and accompanied with the choir at St Johns and on various tours to Amsterdam and Leiden in Holland and cathedrals in Lincoln, Chelmsford, York and Ripon. As well as services Josh has taken part in and organised various concerts and recitals. His most recent being an Organ Recital in Bolton Abbey, and organising the Knaresborough arts festival concert at St Johns with works including Vivaldi’s Gloria, Zadok the Priest and Bach’s cantata 147. He is also a keen violinist and was a member of the Harrogate Youth String Orchestra preforming at concerts in Harrogate Royal Hall and Leeds Town Hall, and also in various ensemble competitions in the area. He has been studying at King James School Sixth Form in Knaresborough, where he recently completed his A levels, first and foremost in Music and German.
Josh began studying the organ when he was 15 under Richard Darke (Grandson of the composer Harold Darke). Since then he has also received tuition from Keith Wright (ex Durham Cathedral) and Simon Lindley (Leeds Minster). Josh has also received tuition from various successful Organists, including with Graham Barber and at the Oundle international summer school for Organists, where this year he won a recital award.
Originally from Nottingham, Jonathan Stamp started to learn the organ in 2007 with Timothy Uglow at Worksop College. After this, he was offered a scholarship to study organ with Henry Fairs at Birmingham Conservatoire, graduating with first class honours. During his studies, he passed the examinations for both ARCO and FRCO, received the Corton-Hyde early music scholarship, as well as a bursary from the Macdonald Foundation. Until recently, he held the post of organ scholar at St Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham as well as the role of accompanist to the City of Wolverhampton Choir. He has also accompanied the Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir in a recording of lesser-known Howells works entitled When First Thine Eies Unveil, released in August 2014. Jonathan has also performed on both organ and harmonium with the City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Orchestra and as a soloist in Holy Trinity, Gosport, Great Yarmouth Minster, St Swithun’s, Worcester and St Chad's and Chelmsford Cathedrals. He is currently the organ scholar of Norwich Cathedral and Musical Director of Barton Turf Choral Society.
Arthur Vickery began his organ studies at Oundle School at the age of thirteen, and has continued lessons with RCO Academy Organ School teacher James Parsons. Last year he sang as a scholar at Coventry Cathedral, and was employed full time as Organ Scholar and accompanist for Bilton Grange School. He has been lucky enough to perform in varying capacities in many renowned venues including St. John’s Smith Square, The Royal Festival Hall and Westminster Cathedral. He has also performed in several Churches in Rome, Ghana and Kenya.
Nicholas Wearne, BA (hons), MPhil (Oxon), holds a Junior Fellowship at Birmingham Conservatoire. His career as a solo organist has taken him all over the world and he was winner of the Poul Ruders Prize at the 2011 Odense International Organ Competition. Nicholas has held a number of prestigious positions as Organist; most recently at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square.
William Weir is an organist currently based in Birmingham. Born in Louth, Lincolnshire, he received his earliest musical education as a chorister at St James's, Louth where he took lessons with Frederic Goodwin after being awarded a scholarship for organ tuition. He now studies with Henry Fairs on a scholarship at the Birmingham Conservatoire. In 2013/14 William held the prestigious Town Hall Symphony Hall organ scholarship, affording him access to both of the halls' world class instruments.
As a recitalist, William has performed throughout the UK and in Europe; notable performances include Queens' College and Trinity College, Cambridge, St Paul's Cathedral, London, and the Orgelpark, Amsterdam. His repertoire encompasses literature from the 16th to the 21st Century with a special interest in the music of JS Bach.
Joshua Xerri began his musical career as a chorister at Llandaff Cathedral, attending the Cathedral School, where he began organ lessons with Michael Høeg. During
his time at Llandaff he also studied singing and the piano at the Junior Conservatoire of the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, where he studied the Piano
with Penny Davies. He was awarded a music scholarship, jointly for voice and organ studies, and Wells Cathedral School, and studied with the organist of Wells
Cathedral, Matthew Owens. In September 2013, Joshua was appointed Organ Scholar of Chelmsford Cathedral, where he was responsible for accompanying
choral services and assisting in the direction of the cathedral choirs. Following his time at Chelmsford, Joshua was awarded a scholarship to study at
Birmingham Conservatoire. Joshua also sings with the choir of St. Philip's Cathedral, Birmingham, and is the continuo player for the early music group Hieronymus, is Organist and Director of
Music at Wombourne Parish Church, and Executive Producer for Eclipse Theatre & Opera.