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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.

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339474
Email: director-of-music@jesus.cam.ac.uk

Chapel and Choir Office Coordinator – Alice Kane

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

Tel: +44 (0)1223 339699
Email: choir@jesus.cam.ac.uk

Assistant Organist – Luke Fitzgerald

Luke Fitzgerald is the Assistant Organist of Jesus College, Cambridge, where between 2003 and 2011 he was a chorister as a boy. His role is to assist the Director of Music by accompanying the choirs, taking rehearsals, helping to train the choristers, and conducting the choirs.

Luke began his organ studies at Harlton, through a scholarship scheme supported by Jesus College. From there he progressed to studies and scholarships at the Royal College of Music Junior Department, Portsmouth Cathedral and Gonville and Caius College Cambridge where he received a first-class BA degree in Music while organ scholar. In 2019-20, while completing his MPhil, Luke was Associate Organist at Trinity College, working with the college’s choir under Stephen Layton.

While a student at Cambridge Luke was fortunate to be able to perform at several high-profile events both as part of his college roles and beyond, including at the installations of Dr Pippa Rogerson and Dame Sally Davies as Masters of Caius and Trinity Colleges and the funeral of Prof. Stephen Hawking. Luke’s interests in accompanying a wide variety vocal music and opera also led to frequent performances with the Cambridge University Collegium Musicum and Cambridge University Opera Society and his own collective, OperaZone.

Email: choir@jesus.cam.ac.uk

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.

Email: choir@jesus.cam.ac.uk

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

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