Current and Former Organ Scholars


Alexander Hamilton (2015) - Senior Organ Scholar

Alexander HamiltonAlexander Hamilton is Senior Organ Scholar and a second year undergraduate of Trinity, reading Music, where he works with the world-famous college choir in a busy schedule of services, concerts, tours and recordings. He was a music scholar at Merchant Taylors’ School and in the Sixth Form became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists. Prior to arriving at Trinity, Alexander was Organ Scholar of St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. At Windsor, his role as organ scholar involved accompanying and directing the choir in the daily services, as well as at special services attended by Her Majesty The Queen and other members of the Royal Family.
 
During this time, Alexander studied the organ with renowned concert organist Ann Elise Smoot. He now studies the organ with Colin Walsh, Stephen Farr and David Briggs, and also with Pieter van Dijk in Alkmaar, NL. Alexander won the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition 2015, widely regarded as the go-to competition for young organists. Recent recital venues have included cathedrals and churches across the UK, and an all-Bach recital at St Albans Cathedral as part of the St Albans International Organ Festival. Forthcoming engagements include recitals at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and as part of the London Organ Day 2017.

Outside of the chapel, he is a director of Trinity College’s choral society, the Trinity Singers, a conductor of Trinity College Chamber Orchestra, and in November 2016 will direct Ensemble Pro Victoria in a concert of Bach cantatas as part of the Cambridge University Lunchtime Concert series at West Road Concert Hall.


Asher Oliver (2016) - Junior Organ Scholar

Asher OliverAsher Oliver is in his first year at Trinity, where he is studying for a degree in Music. He is a former pupil of Chetham's School of Music, where he studied the organ with Christopher Stokes. He began his musical training aged 8, as a chorister at Manchester Cathedral, and it was his experiences in the choir stalls there that encouraged him to pursue cathedral music-making, and to take up the organ. He later re-joined the music department at Manchester as Junior Organ Scholar in his Sixth Form years, accompanying both the Cathedral and Voluntary Choirs.

Before heading up to Trinity in October 2016, Asher spent a gap year as Organ Scholar at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, in which role he regularly accompanied and directed the Chapel Choir in their daily services. During his time at Windsor he gained his ARCO and studied with Daniel Moult.

Asher has been fortunate enough to have taken part in masterclasses with esteemed organists such as Gordon Stewart, Margaret Phillips, Frédéric Blanc, David Hill, and the late Peter Williams. Recent recital venues include St Lawrence Jewry, King’s College London, Exeter College Oxford, and St Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside.

Owain Park

Owain Park (2013)

Owain has recently graduated from Trinity, where he read Music. Since arriving at Trinity, he received his FRCO; sung in the Cambridge University Operatic Society production of Britten’s Curlew River; sung bass solos in Karl Jenkins’s The Armed Man; directed a concert of Gesualdo’s Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday, and founded a chamber choir, Vospiri, with which in January 2014 he recorded a disc of the music of Harold Darke, some of it from Owain’s own transcriptions, and the vocal ensemble, The Gesualdo Six, which are one of four newest members of the St John's Smith Square Young Artists for 2015/16.

Owain is already an acclaimed and prolific composer. In 2014 St Mary Redcliffe (Bristol) premiered and recorded The Redcliffe Magnificat, which they commissioned for their new chamber organ. The Choir of Royal Holloway, University of London, has performed Louisa, and Trinity College Choir has premiered Judas mercator pessimus and Tomorrow shall be my dancing day; the latter was among several of Owain’s carols which were recorded by the Choir for Yulefest! on Hyperion.  In February 2015, Novello & Company signed a publishing contract with Owain.

Eleanor Kornas

Eleanor Kornas (2012)

Eleanor read Music at the University of Cambridge, graduating with a First Class Honours Degree. From September 2015 to July 2016, Eleanor was an Adami Award Junior Fellow in Piano Accompaniment at the Royal College of Music, working with the String and Vocal faculties, and she now works as a Staff Accompanist at Chetham's School of Music.

Eleanor has had many performing opportunities as a soloist, an accompanist, in chamber ensembles and in choirs, both in the UK and internationally, performing in halls such as the Royal Albert Hall, Cadogan Hall, London; Bridgewater Hall and the RNCM Concert Hall, Manchester; Troldsalen, Norway; and West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge. Eleanor appears on discs of music by Ēriks Ešenvalds, Kenneth Leighton, and Herbert Howells, all released by Hyperion and nominated for Gramophone Awards.
Jeremy Cole

Jeremy Cole (2010)

Jeremy Cole is assistant director of music at St Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square. He is the founder and artistic director of Illuminare Choir, a professional chamber choir with a growing reputation. Jeremy pursues a busy freelance career as an organist, conductor and piano accompanist. He has an increasing profile as a recitalist, with recent engagements including London’s Temple Church, Westminster Abbey, and Gloucester and Southwark Cathedrals.

Jeremy appears on CD with Trinity College Choir on their Gramophone Award-winning recording of the music of Herbert Howells, and features as accompanist and organ soloist on their acclaimed recording of the music of Kenneth Leighton. Jeremy is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists and has studied the organ with Colin Walsh, Stephen Farr and David Briggs.
Simon Bland

Simon Bland (2009)

Simon Bland is the organist and Assistant Director of Music at St John’s School, Leatherhead. During his time at Trinity he was taught by Colin Walsh and David Briggs, and now continues his studies with Stephen Farr. He spent his gap year as organ scholar at Hereford Cathedral, and was before that one of the organ scholars at Oundle School.

As an organist, he has given recitals at a number of cathedrals and churches internationally, including tours with Trinity College to Australia and America, playing in 2012 at a concert for the AGM of the American Guild of Organists. He continues to be in demand as a recitalist, and often engages his passion for choral conducting outside – as well as within – the environs of St John’s School.

Rupert Compston

Rupert Compston (2007)

Rupert started as a chorister at Westminster Abbey and awarded a music scholarship to Eton College. He read English at Trinity.

As a soloist and continuo player, Rupert has worked widely both within the UK, and internationally, performing under the direction of Sir Roger Norrington, Sir Colin Davis, Stephen Layton, and Harry Christophers.  He has worked with the Academy of Ancient Music, the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and the Southbank Sinfonia.  A prolific chamber musician, he is a founding member of the Phoenix Piano Trio, with whom he has recorded Ravel's Piano Trio in A minor, and Messiaen's Quatuor pour la fin de temps

Michael Waldron

Michael Waldron (2006)

Michael Waldron began his musical training as a chorister at St Ambrose College, Hale Barns. After a gap year as Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral, Michael went on to spend four years as Organ Scholar at Trinity. During this time he was involved with the Choir’s numerous international tours, concerts, broadcast, and recordings.

Having graduated in 2010, Michael now works as a freelance conductor, accompanist and repetiteur. He has performed extensively across London, including at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral and St John’s, Smith Square. Other recent UK recital engagements include King’s College, Cambridge, Lincoln Cathedral and Worcester Cathedral.

Max Pappenheim

Max Pappenheim (2005)

Max Pappenheim was Organ Scholar at Trinity from 2005 to 2007, having previously been Organ Scholar of St George's Cathedral, Perth, Western Australia and of St Catharine's College, Cambridge, and Assistant Organist of Our Lady and the English Martyrs in Cambridge.

He is now Director of Music at St Matthew's, Bayswater and a stage director, composer and sound designer for theatre.

James Sherlock

James Sherlock (2003)

James studied at Trinity, the Guildhall School of Music, the Georg Solti Accademia and the Franz Schubert Institut.  He performs widely as a pianist and conductor, as soloist, chamber music and vocal accompanist. In 2014 he made his debuts at the Carnegie and Tchaikovsky Halls, and this year returns to major halls and festivals throughout Europe, alongside a UK-wide tour of Bach's Das Wohltemperierte Klavier.  As a chamber musician and accompanist he has collaborated with artists including Angelika Kirchschlager, Sarah Connolly, Sir Thomas Allen, and has appeared as a soloist with the London Symphony and English Chamber Orchestras.

James is a Fellow of the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, a Samling Artist and Director of Music at Hampstead Parish Church.

Oliver Lallemant

Oliver Lallemant (2002)

Oliver's career began as a young chorister at Llandaff Cathedral.  Later, as Organ Scholar of Trinity, he toured India, America and much of Europe.  Now based in London, Oliver is Organist and Assistant Director of Music at Holy Trinity Sloane Square and leads a hectic freelance life that takes him all over the world.

He is a Fellow of The Royal College of Organists and holds a Licentiate Diploma from The Royal Schools of Music. In addition to his role as Musical Director of Chelsea Chamber Choir, Oliver also directs Sloane Square Choral Society and The Chelsea Arts Club Singers.

Douglas Paine

Douglas Paine (2000)

Douglas came up to Trinity in 2000 to read Law and take up an organ scholarship.  He is now a succesful barrister at One Essex Court chambers, specialising in domestic and international commercial dispute resolution, both litigation and arbitration.

When not in court, Douglas still enjoys musical activities, singing in choirs.  He is also the current Chairman of the Trinity College Choir Association, which keeps Choir alumni in touch.

Ben Woodward

Benjamin Woodward (1999)

Ben was educated at Chetham’s School of Music and was then Organ Scholar at Trinity. Immediately after graduating, he became organ scholar and assistant organist at Christ Church, Greenwich, CT, USA.

He is now a London-based musician, the Founder and Artistic Director of Fulham Opera, Music Director of St John’s Church Fulham, Buckland & Betchworth Choral Society, Assistant Conductor of Wokingham Choral Society, and Assistant Artistic director of the New Baroque Soloists, based in Connecticut, USA.

Mark Williams

Mark Williams (1997)

Mark took up the post of Director of Music at Jesus College Cambridge, where he also holds a Fellowship and teaches for the College and Music Faculty, in 2009. Following a year as Organ Scholar of Truro Cathedral in Cornwall, he went on to take up the Organ Scholarship at Trinity where he was also awarded an academic scholarship. In 2000, at the age of 21, he was appointed Assistant Organist of St Paul’s Cathedral in London and Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral School. He relinquished both posts in April of 2006 in order to pursue his growing freelance career.

Thomas Blunt

Thomas Blunt (1996)

Thomas studied Music at Trinity and the Royal College of Music in London, and was the first ever British participant of the prestigious Allianz International Conductors' Academy, where he worked with the London Philharmonic and Philharmonia Orchestras. 

In August 2014 he took up the position of Erste Kapellmeister at Konzert Theater Bern.  He began his career as of Chorus Master at Glyndebourne, making his conducting debut with the company a year later, with performances of L’elisir d’amore on the Tour, resulting in re-invitations to conduct Falstaff and La Cenerentola.  During this time he also assisted conductors including Music Director Vladimir Jurowski.

 

Andrew Lamb (1994)

 

Christopher Allsop

Christopher Allsop (1993)

Christopher held the Organ Scholarship at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, in his final year at school, before spending a gap-year as Organ Scholar at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.  He came up to Trinity in 1993 spending three years as Organ Scholar, reading Music.  In 1997 he moved to Birmingham in where he  founded and directed the New Birmingham Scholars Chamber Choir and taught at Birmingham Conservatoire.

In 2004 Christopher took up his present post of Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral and Music Teacher at The King’s School.  In Summer 2005 Christopher was Festival Organist for the Worcester Three Choirs Festival, and he is also accompanist to the Worcester Festival Choral Society.

Philip Rushforth

Philip Rushforth (1991)

In 1991, Philip went up to Trinity as organ scholar working under the direction of Dr Richard Marlow. Upon graduating in 1994, he took up the position of Assistant Organist at Southwell Minster and became the first director of the Southwell Minster Chorale.  In September 2000 he was a finalist in the prestigious Royal College of Organists' Performer of the year Award.

In September 2002 he returned to Chester Cathedral as Assistant Director of Music and was appointed Director of Music in December 2007.

Silas Wollston (né Standage)

Silas Wollston (1990)

Dr Silas Wollston is a Fellow, Director of Studies and Director of Music at Queens’ College and an Affiliated Lecturer in the Faculty of Music. He is a versatile musician who has pursued a varied career as a performer, researcher, teacher and composer.

After reading Musicology at Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar at Trinity, he studied composition with Robin Holloway, receiving the MPhil. He subsequently studied the harpsichord and early piano at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London, and at the Conservatoire Royale, Brussels.

Richard Pearce

Richard Pearce (1987)

Richard was organ scholar at Trinity between 1987 and 1990. After graduating with first-class honours in Music, he studied piano accompaniment for two years at the Guildhall School.

As piano accompanist and organ soloist, Richard has given recitals in Westminster Abbey, the Louvré Museum, Paris and in Tokyo, as well as a series of recitals at London’s Banqueting House and broadcasts for BBC television and radio, S4C and Classic FM.

Graham Jackson

Graham Jackson (1985)

Graham was a British conductor and music director of the theater in Krefeld and Mönchengladbach, Germany.  After graduating from Trinity in Mathematics and Music, Graham went on to complete a three-year conducting course at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. He was appointed as conductor of the Welsh National Opera in 1992 and remained there until 2000.  From 2000 to 2003 he was engaged as principal conductor at the Theater Bremen and was the Music Director of the theater Krefeld and Mönchengladbach.  As a concert conductor Jackson performed with the Hallé Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra and the Berlin Symphony Orchestra.

After a long illness, Graham passed away in July 2012.

Charles Matthews

Charles Matthews (1984)

Charles Matthews studied at the Royal College of Music, London, after graduating from Trinity, where he spect three years as an organ scholar under the direction of Richard Marlow.  Charles is currently organist of St Catharine's Church, Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire, and also contributes to the Spire organ and electronics project.

He has won numerous awards, perhaps most notably first prize in the 1999 Franz Liszt Organ Interpretation Competition in Budapest. 

Stephen Johns

Stephen Johns (1982)

Stephen Johns read Music at Trinity where he was organ scholar. He spent over 20 years in the recording industry as a classical record producer for a wide range of companies. He worked for EMI Classics from 1998, taking the role of Vice-President, Artists and Repertoire, at EMI Classics in 2008. In his 12 years with EMI, Stephen worked with artists including Sir Simon Rattle, Bernard Haitink, Leif Ove Andsnes, Evgeny Kissin, Msitslav Rostropovich, Kyung Wha Chung, and ensembles around the world including the Berliner Philharmoniker and Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.

He is Artistic Director at the Royal College of Music.

Timothy Lole

Timothy Lole (1981)

After five years as a choral chorister at St Paul's cathedral, Tim Lole continued his musical studies at Trinity, where was an Organ Scholar.  After graduating, he went on to study at the Royal College of Music and the National Opera Studio.

From 1991 to 1995 he was Staff Conductior at Scottish Opera.

Joseph Cullen

Joseph Cullen (1978)

Joseph Cullen won a scholarship at the age of nine to study violin and piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama and completed one year full-time there before reading music at Cambridge University where he was organ scholar of Trinity College.

He has won two Grammy Awards for his work as director of the London Symphony Chorus and has conducted many orchestras, including the Northern Sinfonia, the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Orchestra of Opera North.

Alan Woodbridge

Alan Woodbridge (1976)

Alan Woodbridge is the Chorus Director at the Grand Théâtre de Genève, Switzerland. The Metzler organ had just been completed when he was a fresher at Trinity. Formerly a chorister at Hereford Cathedral, Alan did post-graduate studies at the RCM Opera School, and has since worked at ENO, Opera North, Dutch National Opera, and became chorus master with Opéra de Lyon in 1995; there he participated in numerous opera recordings for Erato and EMI, and received a Grammy Award for Busoni’s Dr.Faust in 2000.  Alan has also worked with the Toyko Symphony Chorus, the Dresden State Opera Choir, and the Choeur de Radio France. In 2014 he was made a Chevalier de l’ordre des arts et des lettres de la République Française.

Stephen Barlow

Stephen Barlow (1972)

Stephen Barlow began his musical life as a chorister at Canterbury Cathedral and then studied piano, flute, french horn, percussion and composition at King's School, Canterbury. He won the Organ Scholarship to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he was Musical Director of the University Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Choir, and went on to study conducting at Guildhall Shcool of Music and Drama, under Vilem Tausky.

He has worked with Scottish Opera, ENO and Opera North and is the new Artistic Director of Belfast Opera.

Paul Halley

Paul Halley (1970)

Paul Halley was born in Romford, England in 1952 and received his early musical training in Ottawa, Canada, where he studied piano, organ and singing.  At the age of sixteen, he was made an Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto.  Having been awarded the organ scholarship at Trinity College, Cambridge under Dr. Richard Marlow, he received his M.A. with prizes in composition and performance, and was made a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, winning first prize in the College examinations.

 

Nicholas King

Nicholas King (1968)

Nicholas King's musical interests were fostered in his early years as a choirboy at Folkestone Parish Church. As a Music Scholar at The King's School, Canterbury, he studied piano with the late Ronald Smith and organ with Allan Wicks, taking his FRCO as a prizeman whilst still at school. From 1968 to 1972 he was Organ Scholar of Trinity College, Cambridge, taking a first in his degree and the University's John Stewart of Rannoch Scholarship in Sacred Music, as well as acting as locum Organist at Coventry Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral during summer periods.
 

Clive Haden Russell (1966)

The late Clive Russell was a prolific composer throughout his life, having written music for the Choir and Chapel of Trinity College, Cambridge where he had been Organ Scholar, and The Albrighton Festival which he founded and ran.

 

Ewart Agnew Boddington (1945)


 

 

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