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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 is Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral where his duties include accompanying the daily choral services and directing the acclaimed Abbey Girls Choir. Previously, he was Sub-Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, and during this time he performed with the Cathedral Choir at the American Guild of Organists National Convention, performed in Mahler's Symphony no. 8 with Valery Gergiev and the LSO, and played for many great state occasions. He has also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and been featured on American Public Media's Pipedreams. He is also Musical Director of the London Pro Arte Choir.

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. After holding the post of Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral and then St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, he was for three years Organ Scholar at King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in music. 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.

He has taken part in the first performance of works by Judith Weir, Cecilia McDowall, Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, Paul Mealor, Francis Grier, Alec Roth and Francis Pott. He has studied with Thomas Trotter and Johannes Geffert, and won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2008 Miami International Organ Competition. He is an organ tutor for the annual Eton Choral Courses. 

Recent engagements include recitals in Birmingham Town Hall, Salisbury Cathedral, Wells Cathedral Hildesheim Cathedral. In December 2013 he appeared as organ soloist in John Rutter’s Christmas Celebration concerts at the Royal Albert Hall. His solo organ recordings include discs for Naxos of works by Judith Bingham, Malcolm Williamson, and Messiaen's La Nativité du Seigneur and L'Ascension. For Resonus Classics he has recorded music by Stanford, Lennox & Michael Berkeley, John McCabe and John Joubert. He also directs St Albans Abbey Girls Choir in recordings of Mendelssohn Choral Works and William Mathias.

 

 Marnus Greyling - Organ Scholar 

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, Marnus started learning the organ in 2009 with Ockie Vermeulen. He received the top category prizes in the National organ competitions of SAKOV (Southern African Church Organist Society) each year from 2011-2015. In 2012 he completed a Teacher’s Licentiate (UTLM) in piano. In the same year, he won the Pretorium Trust Bursary competition, and was also accompanist of the TUKS  Camerata (Pretoria University Choir). Marnus won the organ category of the 2015 ATKV Muziq competition, and was a prize-winning finalist in the overall instrumental round of the 2016 competition. He completed a    BMus Honours degree cum laude at the University of Pretoria, under his organ Professor, Wim Viljoen.

Marnus has frequently performed with the Symphony Choir of Johannesburg, Johannesburg Festival Orchestra, Gauteng Philharmonic, Apple Green Orchestra and Chanticleer Singers. Some performances include Elgar’s Dream of Gerontius, Mozart’s Coronation Mass and Great Mass in c minor, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Van Dijk’s San Gloria, Händel’s Dixit Dominus and Faure’s Requiem. He has worked with international artists Daniel Rowland (UK) and Antoinette Lohmann (Netherlands). Marnus taught at the Deutsche Internationale Schule in Johannesburg, worked as accompanist for the Johannesburg Bach Choir and the Welsh Male Voice Choir of South Africa. He was also organist of St George’s Church in Parktown, Johannesburg.

Marnus recently performed with the Cambridge University Chamber Choir and Buxtehude Ensemble under Tim Brown. He has performed in numerous Cambridge Colleges, and has toured with Cambridge choirs to Wales and Lithuania. He recently completed a Master of Music degree in 2017 at the University of Cambridge, reading music at Jesus College and acting as Graduate Organ Scholar at Downing College. In September 2017, Marnus will take up the organ scholarship at St Albans Cathedral, UK.

 

 

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