Skip to main content
Image of Richard Pinel, Director of Music
Photo: Andrew Wilkinson

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
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

Hear from Choir members


Enable social cookies to see this Facebook feed.


Enable social cookies to see this Twitter feed.