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Choir staff and Organ Scholars

Director of Music - Richard Pinel

Richard Pinel took up the post of Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge in 2017. Prior to this he spent nearly eight years as Assistant Director of Music of St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, during which time he gained international recognition as an organist. He also held similar posts at Magdalen College, Oxford and Perth Cathedral, Australia and the organ scholarship of St Albans Cathedral and Magdalen College, Oxford. Read Richard's full biography.

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Chapel and Choir Office Coordinator – Eleanor Lancelot

You can contact the Chapel and Choir Office Coordinator about concerts and the choirs.

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Organ Scholar – Drew Sellis

Drew attended Queen Elizabeth’s School, Barnet from 2013-2020, and has held organ and choral scholarships at St. Mary-at-Finchley and St. Jude-on-the-Hill Parish churches respectively, where he regularly played and sung for Sunday services. During this time, he studied organ with Christopher Muhley and Anne Marsden Thomas MBE.

He has taken part in a wide variety of musical projects, recently including accompanying Orff’s ‘Carmina Burana’ with Enfield Choral Society and Rutter’s ‘Birthday Madrigals’ with Nevill Holt Opera. In addition to 2 ARSM diplomas, Drew has won both popular and composition sections in the Spring Grove Music Festival in three consecutive years, prizes in the North London Festival of Music, and a Silver Award in his Grade 8 Organ. He was also announced a ‘Chamber Champion’ at the Pro Corda Festival 2020 for his performance with the Queen Elizabeth’s Saxophone Quartet.

Drew is a frequent recitalist, having put on his own concerts at St. Mary-at-Finchley, The Queen’s College Oxford, and St. Lawrence Jewry. He is looking forward to playing Glazunov’s Concerto for Alto Saxophone with Finchley Choral Society in the coming months.


Organ Scholar – Michael D'Avanzo

Michael was a chorister at Hereford Cathedral until 2015, when he took up the organ, studying with Geraint Bowen. In 2020, he was appointed Organ Scholar at St Davids Cathedral, singing for several BBC Radio broadcasts as well as regularly accompanying the choirs. He then moved to Southwell Minster as Organ Scholar, where he was involved in the Minster’s education and music outreach programmes as well as working closely with the choristers. In Southwell, he also performed alongside the Musical and Amicable Society for the Minster Chorale’s annual Messiah concert.

Michael’s solo performances have included recitals in cathedrals and churches across the country as well as a performance of Handel’s 13th Organ Concerto alongside Music for a While.

Michael is now in his first year at Cambridge, reading for a degree in Music.


Former Directors of Music

Former Organ Scholars

1998 Timothy Byram-Wigfield
2003 Daniel Hyde
2009 Mark Williams

1919 Adrian Edgar Lucius Burr
1924 John Gerald Hall
1929 Joseph Weston Poole
1929 Thomas Quibell
1932 Vernon Harcourt Rhodes
1938 Hilary Clifton Kelynack
1946 James Donald Cox
1946 Eric William Copperwheat
1948 Peter Hurford
1952 Richard Lloyd
1954 Peter Gay Fletcher
1957 John Rosser Turner
1960 Michael Burnett
1963 David Sheeran Butterworth
1967 Robert Ernest Walker
1968 Michael Baker
1968 Terence Albright
1971 Julian Couzens
1972 Malcolm Archer
1975 James Robert Sydney Wrightson
1977 Henry Roderick Shaw
1979 James A. O’Donnell
1981 Stephen P.A. Young
1982 Geraint Bowen
1984 Christopher Argent

1985 David Swinson
1987 Andrew David King
1989 Timothy Horton
1990 Daniel Phillips
1992 Charles Harrison
1993 Duncan Aspden
1995 Gregory Morris
1996 Julian Thomas
1998 Thomas Corns
1999 Anthony Smith
2001 Samuel Gladstone
2002 James Kennerley
2004 David Humphreys
2005 Samuel Hanson
2008 Thomas Chatterton
(Assistant Organist)
2008 Timothy Lambourn
2010 Robert George Dixon
2011 Benjamin Morris
2013 Bertie Baigent
2015 Jordan Wong
2016 Dewi Rees
2018 Jason Richards
2020 Luke Fitzgerald (Assistant Organist)
2020 Drew Sellis
2020 Christopher Too

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