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.
Tel: +44 (0)1223 339474
Choir and Chapel Administrator – Alice Kane
You can contact the Choir and Chapel Administrator about concerts and the choirs.
Tel: +44 (0)1223 339699
Assistant Organist – Dewi Rees
Dewi Rees is the Assistant Organist of Jesus College, Cambridge, where he also read Music as a student. His role is to assist the Director of Music by accompanying the choirs, taking rehearsals, helping to train the choristers, and conducting the choirs.
He became a chorister at Westminster Abbey at the age of eight, where he sang in daily services as well as at events such as Pope Benedict XVI's visit to London in 2010 and the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. During his time at the Abbey he also played the trumpet and the piano, and was subsequently awarded a Music Scholarship to The King's School, Canterbury.
Dewi began learning the organ in his second year at King's, taught by David Newsholme. He frequently accompanied the school choirs for their weekly services and in his final year played continuo for performances of J.S. Bach's St John Passion in Canterbury Cathedral and the Église Saint-Jacques in Reims, as well as a performance of Britten's St Nicolas with the Festival Chamber Orchestra directed by David Newsholme.
Dewi is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and is taught by Ann Elise Smoot and David Briggs.
Organ Scholar – Jason Richards
Jason attended Dean Close School in Cheltenham from 2009-2017, where he held organ and academic scholarships. During that time he studied the organ with Benjamin Nicholas and Simon Bell, as well as composition with Matthew Martin.
Throughout his time at school he participated in a wide variety of musical projects, culminating in a performance of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the school orchestra. He also contributed original music to Stoppard’s Arcadia and a production of The Canterbury Tales, both of which achieved sell out status at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition to 5 Grade 8 Distinctions, Jason recently achieved DipABRSM on the piano with distinction.
Jason has given organ recitals at major cathedrals and venues around the country including Hereford Cathedral, St Edmundsbury Cathedral, and various Oxford and Cambridge Colleges. He spent his gap year as Organ Scholar of St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, a role which led to his engagement as an organist at the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex in 2018.
Former Directors of Music
Former Organ Scholars
|1998 Timothy Byram-Wigfield
2003 Daniel Hyde
2009 Mark Williams
1919 Adrian Edgar Lucius Burr
1981 Stephen P.A. Young