John Davenport

John was brought up in Hampshire. His initial enthusiasm for music was fostered as a Chorister at Portsmouth Cathedral and as a ‘Quirister’ at Winchester College. He began the organ at ten, and after secondary education at Lancing College, Sussex, gained the Henry Smart Organ Scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. He then became Organ Scholar at Peterhouse, Cambridge, and later also studied at York University. He retired from full time teaching in 2005 after 36 years running Music Departments in various schools around the country, including Director of Music at Clifton College, Bristol and then Director of Music at Bolton School, Lancashire.  He now works as an examiner for the Associated Board both in this country and abroad, and is enjoying making music – as an organist, accompanist and cellist. He has recently taken on the post of Director of Music at All Saints, Clifton.

Jonathan Kingston

Jonathan Kingston studied the organ with Professor Ian Tracey and Ian Wells of Liverpool's Anglican Cathedral, home to one of the largest pipe organs in the world. He was appointed Organ Scholar, and subsequently Sub-Organist to Bradford Cathedral before full-time appointments at Stowe School and Bromsgrove School. He is currently Associate Director of Music and Organist at the Ordinariate Church of Our Lady of the Assumption, Piccadilly and is a deputy organist to Ely Cathedral as well as Director of Music at Ely's King's School.

A recording artist on both the Naxos and Priory labels, Jonathan has broadcasted as soloist live on BBC TV and Radio. He has been fortunate to give recitals in many Cathedrals and churches in this country and abroad, and appeared with several orchestras including The Halle, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra and English Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan currently combines a career as a performer, teacher, consultant, and International and UK examiner for the Royal Schools of Music (ABRSM).  He enjoys frequent collaborations with the Royal School of Church Music as well as work as a festival adjudicator and is delighted to direct and accompany Poscimur as they lead the worship and services at many of our great Cathedrals.

Francesca Massey

 Francesca has been Sub-Organist at Durham Cathedral since 2011, where her duties include training the choristers and playing for Cathedral's daily services, as well as performing in regular concerts, tours, broadcasts and recordings.  Born in Birmingham, Francesca was educated at Cambridge University and the Royal Northern College of Music, and has held posts at St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, Great St Mary's Church and Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, together with Manchester and Peterborough Cathedrals.  A multiple prize-winner (including gaining all the top prizes in the FRCO diploma at age 19), Francesca studied with Jeremy Filsell, Kevin Bowyer, David Goode and Andrew Fletcher, and now performs frequently as a recitalist throughout the UK.  Her debut solo CD was released in 2015 on the Priory Records label.  Francesca works regularly as an organ tutor, and has performed extensively as an accompanist, continuo player and pianist.    

Frank Roddy

Director of Music at Wilmington Grammar School for Girls. Private Piano teacher. Previously Organist of St. Margaret's, Lee, St. Mary's, Plaistow, Holy Trinity, Dartford, and currently Organist and Choir Director of St. John's, Sidcup

Francis Murton

Francis Murton, has recently been appointed the Director of Music at Wolverhampton Grammar School, after working at St Edmund's School Canterbury and Wrekin College in Shropshire. His early musical training was at Canterbury Cathedral under the tutelage of Dr. David Flood. He took up his first organist post at the age of ten and his London Debut at St. Brides' Fleet Street, followed at the early age of sixteen. At Sheffield University, he was taught by Dr. Simon Lindley and won the University prize for his degree recital. There followed a post graduate year at the Royal Academy of Music. In addition to his work at Wolverhampton, Francis is a senior examiner for Edexcel and is in demand as an adjudicator and accompanist.

Marilyn Harper

Marilyn teaches organ to individuals and groups at the Royal College of Organists Academy and at James Allen's Girls' School. She led organ demonstrations at the Royal Festival Hall during the celebrations for the return of the pipe organ and at Reading Town Hall. The organ at Christ's Chapel in Dulwich is demonstrated to organists and non organists during the annual Dulwich Festival on the restored 1760 George England organ, where she has been Organist since 2000 and organiser of the its recital series since the restoration of the organ in 2009.

An organ accompanist, Marilyn spent last summer accompanying at St David's and Peterborough Cathedrals, Tewkesbury Abbey and at Haugesund in Norway and in Lisbon, Portugal. She will accompany choirs in Winchester and Madrid in 2016.

As a recitalist Marilyn has played at St Paul's, both Southwark Cathedrals, Birmingham Cathedral, St Andrew's Cathedral Sydney, NSW, St Lawrence Jewry, St Mary- le- Bow and Union Chapel, Islington, London. She will take part in the Oktoberfest in St Peter's, Berkhamsted in September at which all Buxtehude's  organ works will be played over a few days. With her husband, Norman, she plays organ duets, most recently Martyrs by Kenneth Leighton and Concierto II by Soler at Ripon Cathedral. Their next performance is planned for Hull City Hall, date to be announced. Hobbies include attending yoga classes twice a week, and watching her two grand daughters grow up fast.

David Baxter

Born in Lincolnshire, David Baxter graduated in Music at The Queen's College, Oxford, and gained diplomas in piano and organ from the Royal Academy of Music and the Royal College of Organists. Since 1980, David has worked at a school in Coventry where he taught Computing, A-level Music and was Director of Sixth Form Studies. He is now Sixth Form Administrator, having retired from teaching. For eight years,

David was Organist at Holy Trinity, the City Parish Church, before spending many years as a Deputy Organist at Coventry Cathedral. These positions gave him experience of playing for weekly choral services, Civic and Royal occasions, special services, radio broadcasts, live TV and recordings. He has also accompanied visiting choirs in many of the other cathedrals. David now deputises in Coventry and plays with the Warwickshire Symphony Orchestra when they need an orchestral organist or pianist. One of David's other interests is flying light aircraft.  


Paul Harrison

Mr. Harrison was born a while back, from the looks of him in the middle ages!  We understand that he is a music teacher/examiner and currently hangs out at a prestigious boys school on the banks of the Thames.  From his FB posts he spends a huge amount of time wining and dining.  Sometimes he sings tenor and sometimes he is "in charge" at which point everyone needs to look out especially dec sops…  When not W&D he likes to spend time in his garden, knitting….

Simon Russell

Simon was born in Liverpool. He studied the organ at Birkenhead School with Timothy Lawford and gained his ARCM and FTCL diplomas while still at school and then on to Cambridge as Organ Scholar at St. Catharine's College, where he continued studies with Dame Gillian Weir and the late Peter Le Huray. After Cambridge he was appointed Assistant Organist at Chester Cathedral but decided after a while to keep music as a hobby and gain his fortune from computer keyboards. He was firstly accompanist and then Music Director of the Hoylake Choral Society from 1982 until he moved, in 2000, to Nantwich where he is Organist at St Mary's Parish Church. He is also in demand as an organ, piano and theory tutor and has many Associated Board and other pupil distinctions and diploma successes to his credit. Since May 2014, he has been a full-time professional freelance musician and as well as being accompanist to the Nantwich Choral Society, and the Lydian Singers in Knutsford, he is also accompanist to the Jubilate Chamber Choir, based in Cheltenham. Simon is also an examiner for the London College of Music and the Regional Coordinator for the North of England for the Royal School of Church Music. He once played as the support act to Liverpool's 'Echo & the Bunnymen' at the Royal Albert Hall on two successive nights!