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New Director of Music announced

THOMAS ALLERY has been appointed to succeed our current Director of Music and Organist, Alan Wilson, following his retirement after the feast of Candlemas, 2nd February 2018.

The Rector comments: 'There was a very strong field of talented candidates and the appointing panel together with the PCC are thrilled to have attracted Tom Allery. We look forward to many years of confident and purposeful music making.'

Thomas Allery enjoys a varied career spanning work as an organist and choral director in church music, continuo playing, research and teaching.

He is Director of Chapel Music at Worcester College, Oxford, where he is responsible for the musical development of the Chapel choirs and organ scholars. He directs and trains the two Chapel choirs, of mixed and boys’ voices, for regular chapel services, concerts, tours and recordings. Thomas is also Assistant Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church, London, where he accompanies the professional choir, and is Director of the church’s Youth Choir.

Thomas graduated with Distinction from the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music, London, in 2014, where he studied organ with Margaret Phillips and harpsichord with Terence Charlston.

As a harpsichordist and continuo player, Thomas has a particular interest in the instrumental music of the 17th-century Stylus Phantasticus. He performs regularly with his own period ensemble, Ensemble Hesperi, with whom he is undertaking research into late 18th-century Scottish Baroque Music.

Thomas Allery