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 Germany (2015), Italy (2013) and Sweden (2011), and in the years before these to the Netherlands, Italy, the USA and France (twice). They also broadcast frequently on radio and television and have made four three CD recordings. Their next recording, with the Abbey Girls Choir and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra will be released in May 2016 on Naxos of music by John Rutter following the success of a previous recording in 2011 which 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 about 40 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, Hildesheim Cathedral and St Paul’s, K Street, Washington DC. 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 and John McCabe. He also directs St Albans Abbey Girls Choir in recordings of Mendelssohn Choral Works and William Mathias (Naxos)
Nicholas Freestone - Organ Scholar
Nicholas Freestone is Organ Scholar at St Albans Cathedral, where he accompanies the Abbey Girls Choir, directs the Abbey Singers, and assists in the accompaniment of the Cathedral Choir and the training of its probationers. He accompanied the Abbey Girls Choir on their recent tour to Paris and at a service celebrating the 20th anniversary of the choir’s foundation, where he accompanied the first performance of a new work by Judith Weir, Master of the Queen’s Music. Nicholas is also the organist for St Albans School and accompanist to St Albans Bach Choir. He is also active as a recitalist and accompanist, performing as organist for a number of choral ensembles in the Hertfordshire area and for Eton Choral Courses.
Nicholas is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where he held the organ scholarship at Worcester College between 2011 and 2014. In this role, Nicholas was responsible for the day-to-day running of the college’s chapel music, including training the college’s boy trebles and sharing in the direction and accompaniment of the college choirs in four choral services each week. In addition, the choirs undertook a busy schedule of extra-liturgical events, and Nicholas performed with the choirs as organist or director on four recordings (two of which gained the accolade of BBC Music Magazine Christmas Choice); on tours to Belgium, France, Germany and Italy; on two BBC Radio 4 broadcasts; and in concert (venues including St John’s Smith Square, St Paul’s Cathedral and Buxton Opera House).
Upon graduating, Nicholas spent a year as Senior Organ Scholar at Wells Cathedral, where he assisted in the training of the choristers and shared in the playing and conducting of the daily services. In addition, Nicholas was Assistant Director of the Wells Cathedral Oratorio Society and Musical Director of the Mid-Wessex Singers.
Prior to commencing his university studies, Nicholas held the organ scholarship of Tewkesbury Abbey, where he assisted in the accompaniment of the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum and worked in the music department of Dean Close School, Cheltenham.