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Organist & Director of Music
ALEXANDER BERRY MA(Cantab) FRCO
Alexander began his musical training as a chorister at Lichfield Cathedral. He was educated at Queens' College, Cambridge, where he was also Organ Scholar. During his final year at Cambridge, he held the posts of Organ Scholar to King's Voices (the mixed-voice undergraduate choir at King's College) and accompanist to CUMS Chorus. After graduating, Alexander spent two years as Assistant Organist to Ely Cathedral Girls' Choir, followed by a further two years as Assistant Organist at Magdalen College, Oxford. At Magdalen, Alexander divided his time between playing for daily services in the College Chapel during university term time and, as Tutor to the Choristers at Magdalen College School, taught a programme of theory and musicianship to the choristers.
Alexander took up the position of Organist and Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral in January 2017. Aged 27, he is the youngest cathedral organist working in the Church of England. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and has given recitals in venues across the UK, as well as in Germany, Denmark, and Russia.
Sub-Organist & Assistant Director of Music
JON PAYNE PhD MMus DipChD(RCO) ACertCM
Jon was educated at Skegness Grammar School, and read music at the University of Surrey. Graduating in 1996, he was appointed Director of the Wenhaston Boys' Choir in Suffolk, and was then Organ Scholar at Norwich Cathedral. He then moved into music education, working as a choral animateur for both Norfolk and Solihull Music Services.
He was Assistant Organist at St Alphege, Solihull, and Director of Music at St Thomas, Stourbridge. Jon has worked with over 150 choirs and singing projects, as well as undertaking arts and event management roles for the Throckmorton Literary Festival, Birmingham Youth Music Action Zone, and the RNLI.
In 2013, he co-directed a performance involving 1,500 children at the Royal Albert Hall, and was part of the team directing the Royal School of Church Music's International Summer School. He worked as a Regional Music Adviser for the RSCM from 2010 to 2014. He directed the Worcestershire Boys Make Noise programme, demonstrating the power singing has to change not just individual lives, but the culture of whole communities.
Jon is a founder of, and adviser to Church Music Future, a national organisation providing support to clergy and church musicians in parish churches. He holds the Diploma in Choral Directing from the Royal College of Organists (Gerald H Knight Memorial Prize winner), the Archbishops' Certificate in Church Music from the Guild of Church Musicians, and further qualifications in music and psychology.
JON PILGRIM BA ATCL
Jon began his experience of sacred music as a chorister at St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, where he later became organ scholar. He read music at the University of Southampton, and during his degree was appointed as the university organ scholar; and Senior Organ Scholar at Romsey Abbey.
Before leaving for university, he achieved an Associate of Trinity College, London recital diploma with distinction, on the piano. He is currently working towards Associateship of the Royal College of Organists.
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