Andrew Lucas – Master of the Music
Andrew Lucas has been Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral since 1998.
Andrew was born in Shropshire in 1958, was chorister in his local parish church and went to school in Shrewsbury. From 1976 he studied at the Royal College of Music, organ with John Birch and composition with Herbert Howells and graduated with a London University BMus. Later organ studies continued with Peter Hurford and Piet Kee.
Before St Albans he was Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral in London and a freelance musician, conductor, chorus-master and keyboard continuo. As an organist he made over 25 CDs with St Paul’s Cathedral Choir and two solo recordings. He has played concerts throughout the UK, Europe and the USA. He was Artistic Director of the St Albans International Organ Festival from 1999 to 2007, directing four festivals (2001 to 2007) and the artistic consultant for the restoration of the Harrison & Harrison organ in the cathedral, completed in 2009.
With St Albans Cathedral Choir he has recently been on tour to Spain (2017), Germany (2015) and Italy (2013) and in the years before these to the Netherlands, Italy, the USA and twice to Sweden and France. They also broadcast frequently on radio and television. Recent recordings by the choir have been for Naxos; their last recording, with the Abbey Girls Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra (released May 2016) of music by John Rutter follows the success of a previous recording in 2011 that was listed in the BBC/Gramophone classical music top 20 for several weeks and a disc of Mozart (Masses and Regina Coeli) in 2012.
Also since 1998, he has been music director of the St Albans Bach Choir. With the Bach Choir he has conducted over 50 concerts of the large scale choral repertoire with orchestra and the choir enjoys an excellent reputation for the highest standards in their concerts.
Tom Winpenny – Assistant Master of the Music
Tom Winpenny has been Assistant Master of the Music since 2008, and his Cathedral duties include accompanying the daily choral services and directing the acclaimed St Albans Abbey Girls Choir. Previously, he was Sub-Organist at St Paul’s Cathedral, London, and during this time he performed with the Cathedral Choir at the American Guild of Organists National Convention in Minneapolis/St Paul, performed under Valery Gergiev in Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 with the London Symphony Orchestra, and played for many major state occasions. He has broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and has featured on American Public Media’s Pipedreams.
He began organ lessons under John Scott Whiteley while a chorister at York Minster, and continued as a Music Scholar at Eton College under Alastair Sampson. He subsequently studied with Thomas Trotter and Johannes Geffert, and won First Prize and Audience Prize at the 2008 Miami International Organ Competition.
Earlier in his career he held the post of Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral and then at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, before spending three years as Organ Scholar at King’s College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in music and twice played for the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, broadcast worldwide. With the Choir of King’s College, he gave concerts in the USA, Hong Kong and throughout Europe, in addition to appearing as their accompanist on CD releases on EMI Classics.
His many solo organ recordings include Olivier Messiaen’s cycles L’Ascension and La Nativité du Seigneur (Naxos), discs of music by Malcolm Williamson and John Joubert (Toccata Classics), music by Lennox and Michael Berkeley, John McCabe and Charles Villiers Stanford (Resonus Classics), and music by Judith Bingham (Naxos). He directs St Albans Abbey Girls Choir in recordings of choral works by Mendelssohn and William Mathias, also on Naxos.
He has taken part in the first performances of works by Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, Francis Grier, Cecilia McDowall, Francis Pott, Alec Roth and Judith Weir. As a soloist, he has performed throughout the UK, in mainland Europe, and in the USA. In recent years he has given recitals in Birmingham Town Hall, Salisbury Cathedral, Hildesheim Cathedral and Kristiansand Cathedral. He has also featured as organ soloist in John Rutter’s Christmas celebration concerts at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
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.
During his time in Sydney, Marko played for the Conservatorium’s Centenary Concert at the Sydney Opera House featuring Leonard Bernstein’s monumental Mass, alongside 400 singers and instrumentalists from the Conservatorium. He has also worked closely with the Conservatorium’s Symphony Orchestra on a number of occasions, playing Elgar's Enigma Variations, and Saint-Saëns' renowned Organ Symphony.
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.