Andrew Lucas, Master of the Music

Andrew Lucas became Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral and Music Director of St Albans Bach Choir in 1998, was Artistic Director of the IOF from 1999 to 2007, and the artistic consultant for the restoration of the Harrison & Harrison organ in the cathedral.Andrew studied organ at the Royal College of Music with John Birch and Herbert Howells and later with Peter Hurford and Piet Kee. Before 1998 he was Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and a freelance musician, conductor, chorus-master and continuo player. He has made many recordings as an organist from St Paul’s Cathedral and conducting the choirs at St Albans, and as a player with the RPO and Academy of St Martin in the Fields. He has also played concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the USA and continues to play for the RPO.

Tom Winpenny, Assistant Master of the Music

Tom Winpenny is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral where his duties include accompanying the daily choral services and directing the acclaimed St Albans Cathedral Girls Choir. He studied as Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge and he was subsequently Sub-Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, where he played for many great state occasions. He has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and has been featured on American Public Media's Pipedreams. Recent solo engagements have included recitals in Grace Cathedral (San Francisco), Hildesheim Cathedral (Germany) and Västerås Cathedral (Sweden). His many solo organ recordings include surveys of music by Judith Bingham, Malcolm Williamson, John Joubert, John McCabe, Peter Racine Fricker and Francis Grier. For Naxos he has recorded music by Olivier Messiaen: his recording of Messiaen’s Les Corps glorieux was awarded five stars in the French journal Diapason, and Messiaen’s Livre d’orgue recently gained the editor’s ‘Star Review’ in Choir & Organ.

Marko Sever, Organ Scholar

Marko Sever completed postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied the organ on scholarship under Gerard Brooks, winning prizes in organ playing, and academia. Having previously held positions at the London Oratory and All Saints Margaret Street, he recently joined the Music Department at St Albans Cathedral, where he enjoys experiencing the day-to-day life of a busy Cathedral environment. Prior to moving to London in 2016, he was Organ Scholar of St James’ King Street in Sydney, while undertaking organ studies at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music under Philip Swanton, from whom he learnt for over 10 years. Since moving to London, he has given organ recitals throughout the city, including at Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St George’s Hanover Square, the Royal Festival Hall, and St Lawrence Jewry. Marko is a prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, having received the Harding and Durrant Prizes for highest marks in paperwork.