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 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-
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 has been Sub-
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, 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 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-
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-
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.
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….