I have worked as a musician in the St Albans Area for over 40 years. I became Organist & Choirmaster of All Saints’, Leavesden in 1974 before moving to St Peter’s, St Albans as Director of Music in 1976. Whilst there I ran a renowned choir of men and boys who made frequent foreign tours and recordings and I initiated the first Girls’ Choir in the City and established an All-Age Orchestra. In 2000 I moved to St Saviour’s, St Albans before becoming a freelance organist in 2004. In this capacity I work with many churches in St Albans and London Dioceses.
I am now St Albans Cathedral Parish Organist and Director of the Parish Choir which mainly functions at the 9.30am Sunday Parish Eucharist. I’m also Principal Organist at St Nicholas’ Church, Harpenden.
As a choir trainer I had three finalists in the BBC Young Chorister of the Year Competition, with a winner in 1999 who millions will have seen at the Millennium Dome at the turn of the century. Throughout this time I have been on and off the local RSCM Area Committee, taking various roles such as Awards Officer, running courses and taking Area Choir Festival rehearsals. I was the RSCM Area Chairman for seventeen years and have been pleased to conduct the RSCM Area Choirs’ Festivals in St Albans Cathedral in 2012 and 2016. In March 2018 I was proud to receive a RSCM Certificate of Special Service, bestowed by the RSCM Council, for making a significant contribution to church music in our local Area.
My main job since leaving the Royal College of Music, where I studied with Richard Popplewell and Herbert Howells, and The University of London’s Institute of Education, was as a school teacher. I was number two in the music department at Watford Boys’ Grammar School before becoming Director of Music at Hitchin Boys’ School in 1985. From 1997-2016 I was Director of Music at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School, Elstree. Under my guidance HABS gave six concerts at the Barbican Hall, most recently in February 2016. I retired from school teaching in the summer of 2016 to pursue a freelance career.
I am Chairman of St Albans Cathedral Music Trust, helping to promote music in the Cathedral and secure financially its musical tradition. I am also a member of the Alban Foundation.
In addition to St Albans Cathedral Parish Choir I conduct the RSCM St Albans Area Chamber Choir.
I have been a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts for over 25 years.