We offer all students the opportunity to have instrumental lessons with our first class group of peripatetic teachers. If a student wishes to learn an instrument that we do not currently provide, our link with Encore! Lessons can be taught on an individual, paired or small group basis and range from 20 minutes to an hour in length, with 30 minutes being the average. We understand parents and guardians may be concerned about paying for an instrument with the possibility of their child not continuing lessons.  To alleviate this concern, Encore!
We are so passionate about music, extra curricular music and tuition and feel that the benefits of peripatetic lessons will support each student child within our department and within the school as a whole. Students experience a robust and detailed process when selecting options to ensure the most appropriate courses are chosen. We offer GCSE Latin after school and have an Ancient Greek programme in collaboration with Hereford Cathedral School.
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After an invaluable period as Customer Relationship Manager, I was recruited by a local IT company which boasted some of the largest and most successful business clients in the area. After improving my knowledge of Telephone Systems – in particular Voice over IP and Integration – with a leading Telecoms company, I formed My Solutions, an IT Solutions company in 2006. Since then, Total ICT has built up an enviable portfolio of blue chip clients, including Specsavers and the NHS. Key to the success of Total ICT has been my ability to integrate different IT systems following acquisition or merger. My management skills have been invaluable in helping owners establish and retain morale and motivation among their staff in what can be a difficult time. Total ICT has enabled companies to manage multiple locations effectively and retain customers by ensuring seamless transitions and continuation of services. Hereford Cathedrala€™s assistant director of music, Peter Dyke, will be giving a gala organ concert on Tuesday 14 June.
On 28 March at 1.15 pm, Peter Dyke will give the popular Easter Monday organ recital at Hereford Cathedral. The cathedral's summer series of Tuesday lunchtime organ concerts begins on 3 May with a concert by Charles Maxtone-Smith, the cathedrala€™s organ scholar. Among the soloists will be countertenor Patrick Dunachie, a former Hereford chorister who was recently appointed to the world-famous Kinga€™s Singers, and British-born Serbian baritone BoA?idar SmiljaniA‡, who is taking the part of Christus. Tickets, price A?25 and A?18, are available from The Outback, Church Street, Hereford, and from Hereford Cathedral shop. While Peter may be tucked away in the organ loft, which is set above the choir stalls, the audience will be able to have a look at his early seasonal decorations as there is a live video link onto a large screen at the head of the nave, which shows him playing.
Hereford Cathedral Voluntary Choir returned last week from a highly-successful concert tour of Germany. Throughout the tour, the organ was played by the cathedrala€™s 19-year-old organ scholar, Charles Maxtone-Smith, who takes up the organ scholarship at New College Oxford next September. The Diocese of Hereford has a special link with the Lutheran church in Nuremberg and the choira€™s four visits in the last ten years have strengthened the connections between the two cities.
Our new organ scholar, Charles Maxtone-Smith, was a music scholar at Winchester College and studied the organ with Simon Bell and Malcolm Archer.
Therea€™s a treat in store at the cathedral at the end of the month, when there will be an organ concert with a difference: the audience will have chosen the music to be played.
Peter said a€?During the summer, every week over 100 people come to hear the cathedral organ played in these free concerts.
Saturday 20 June sees the cathedral choirs of Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester come together to sing Choral Evensong in Hereford Cathedral as part of their preparations for the Three Choirs Festival.
Geraint Bowen, director of music at the cathedral and artistic director of the festival, said: a€?This year marks the 300th anniversary of the Three Choirs, which has a long tradition of commissioning new pieces of music. The piece, which is supported by the Frank Clarke-Whitfeld Trust and Clare Wichbold, will also be performed on BBC Radio 3 as part of a live broadcast of Choral Evensong from the festival on Wednesday 29 July at 3.30 pm. On Tuesday 9 June at 7.15 pm, Peter Dyke will be giving the first concert in this yeara€™s gala evening series at Hereford Cathedral. Peter has called the concert a€?A journey around the North Seaa€™, and much of the programme has something of a Scandinavian flavour. Petera€™s recital opens with the Toccata and Fugue in E BWV 566 by the ever-popular J S Bach. The recital ends in suitably rousing style with Elgara€™s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1, better known perhaps as the tune to a€?Land of Hope and Glorya€™, transcribed by Edwin Lemare.
In 1993 Peter won second prize in the interpretation competition at the St Albans International Organ Festival, and has since enjoyed an active recital career.
For several years, Hereford Cathedral has celebrated its Feast of Consecration by performing in the context of the Eucharist a complete orchestral mass. William was born in 1995, and following four years as a chorister at York Minster under Philip Moore and Robert Sharpe he was a music scholar at Oakham School.
He subsequently took up the junior organ scholarship at Wells Cathedral, whilst being a sixth form student at Wells Cathedral School, where he studied the organ with Daniel Moult, Matthew Owens, and Jonathan Vaughn, and piano with Joseph Tong.
William became an Associate of the Royal College of Organists in 2013, and in September took up the organ scholarship at Hereford Cathedral, in which capacity he is fully involved in accompanying the choral services, and assisting in the training of the choristers under the direction and mentorship of Geraint Bowen and Peter Dyke. William becomes organ scholar of Magdalen College, Oxford, in September, where he will read for a degree in music.
A cathedral choir is nothing without supportive clergy, and we are exceptionally lucky in Hereford to have a Chapter which is hugely enthusiastic about all the choir's activities.
For a rare opportunity to hear a a€?guided toura€™ of its historic organs, come to Hereford Cathedral on Tuesday 5 May at 1.15 pm, when Geraint Bowen, the cathedrala€™s director of music, Peter Dyke, assistant director of music, and William Fox, the cathedrala€™s organ scholar, will be putting them through their paces.
There is also the festival organ, a smaller instrument which was designed to play alongside the orchestra at the Three Choirs Festival, which is held each year in turn at Gloucester, Hereford and Worcester. Last, but by no means least, is the chamber organ, a small, portable instrument used to accompany the cathedral choir and other ensembles in earlier repertoire. There will be large-screen video projection from the organ loft, so that concert-goers can see as well as hear the demonstration.
On 6 April Peter Dyke will give the popular Easter Monday organ recital at Hereford Cathedral. The cathedral also hosts an annual series of lunchtime organ concerts, which take place at 1.15 pm on Tuesdays during the summer months. For more details about all the organ recitals taking place at the cathedral this year, please click here. On Sunday 15 March at 10 am, several recent ex-choristers will be returning to the choir stalls to join with the cathedral choir for a performance of Widor's Mass at the Cathedral Eucharist. Geraint Bowen, director of music at the cathedral, commented: 'It's wonderful to welcome ex-choristers back to sing with the cathedral choir in the Widor Mass, which we sang for the first time last year. The open day is an opportunity for boys aged 6 to 8 who might be interested in joining the choir, to come to the cathedral and experience what it is like to be a chorister. Geraint Bowen, the cathedral's director of music, said a€?The life of a chorister is a busy one, but one which will give them experiences and skills to last a lifetime.
Some of the choira€™s most recent recruits are pictured below, and the search is now on for the next generation of boys, currently aged 6a€“8, to join the choir in 2015 or 2016. Geraint Bowen continued: a€?As well as singing some of the most beautiful music ever written, they have the opportunity to visit some amazing places. Congratulations to our organ scholar, William Fox, who has recently been awarded the organ scholarship at Magdalen College, Oxford for autumn 2015, where he will read for a music degree. On Wednesday 4 March, Choral Evensong at Hereford Cathedral will be sung by the massed voices of some 150 choristers, both boys and girls, from places as far afield as Truro, Wells and Winchester. After a rehearsal in the morning and a well-deserved lunch, in the afternoon the choristers will play each other at sport, the girls at netball and the boys at football. As well as music by Malcolm Archer, a former director of music at Wells Cathedral, the choristers will be singing Psalm 23, a€?The Lord is my Shepherda€™, and C V Stanforda€™s beautiful A Song of Wisdom. All are welcome to attend the service at Hereford Cathedral, which begins at 5.30 pm, and will last about an hour. Tickets for the concert, which are priced at A?5, are available from the cathedral shop (01432 374210) or on the door.
Other events happening on Saturday at the cathedral include the Choir Associationa€™s Advent Coffee Morning from 10 am and a Question and Answer session with the Rt Revd Richard Frith, the new Bishop of Hereford, at 3 pm.
Sunday 7 December 2014 will see former Hereford Cathedral chorister Harry Brookes-Owen enthroned as Boy Bishop in the historic Ceremony of the Boy Bishop at the cathedral. The ceremony, mediaeval in origin, recognises the importance of revelry and celebration in fighting off the cold and dark of mid-winter and was originally devised with fun-loving choristers in mind.
As part of the famous Twelve Days of Christmas, this ceremony has always been surrounded by fun but now equally reminds the congregation of the importance of humility and encourages them to adopt new perspectives. Harry, 13, and a pupil at Hereford Cathedral School, joined the cathedral choir at the age of eight in 2009 and subsequently sang several hundred services with the choir. Geraint Bowen, organist and director of music at the cathedral said: a€?Harry was a splendid chorister and he is an ideal choice for Boy Bishop, and I shall look forward with interest to hearing what he has to say in his sermona€™.

The Ceremony of the Boy Bishop takes place at Evensong at Hereford Cathedral on Sunday 7 December at 3.30 pm. Michael combines his cathedral duties with the post of administrative officer for music at Hereford Sixth Form College. He looks forward to rediscovering the joys of choral music this year in Hereford as well as developing his voice, having already enjoyed his formative experiences with the choir. William has just finished his time as an upper sixth student at Wells Cathedral School, as a specialist organist.
Prospective applicants for choral scholarships for the year 2015-16 are very welcome to contact the director of music, Geraint Bowen by email. The thrilling sound of some 320 voices filled Hereford Cathedral on Saturday 4 October as part of the Celebration Day of the Royal School of Church Music (RSCM). Hereford Cathedral Choir was joined by members of the cathedrala€™s Voluntary Choir and by singers of 24 church choirs from as far afield as Liverpool and Wiltshire. On Wednesday 10 September Hereford Cathedral Choir will be broadcasting Choral Evensong live on BBC Radio 3 at 3.30 pm. The broadcast will be listened to by its regular audience of over a quarter of a million, and will include music by Tallis, Tomkins, Day and Bach.
A professional singer in Hereford Cathedral Choir is swapping his usual choir stall for the mighty Willis organ console on Tuesday 16 September at 1.15 pm. Many congratulations to Jonny Allsopp, our 2013-14 organ scholar, who was a prize-winner at the recent examinations for ARCO (Associateship of the Royal College of Organists).
One of the best-loved pieces of classical music can be heard in a new light at Hereford Cathedral later this month. Peter Dyke, the cathedrala€™s assistant director of music, transcribed the work for the organ and recently recorded it on the Priory label, to great critical acclaim. Briggsa€™s composition, which will be a world premiere, will bring Petera€™s concert to a rousing conclusion, after the Elgar and other music with a local flavour. The lunchtime organ concert on Tuesday 8 July will be given by Douglas Tang, who is currently senior organ scholar at King's College, Cambridge, and who was previously organ scholar at Hereford for the academic year 2011a€“12.
The lunchtime organ concert on Tuesday 17 June will be given by the distinguished organist of Durham Cathedral, James Lancelot, who has held the post since 1985. The concert begins at 6.45 pm following Evensong on Saturday 7 June, and entry is free with a retiring collection. On Tuesday 27 May, Hereford Cathedral welcomes a remarkably young and talented organist to give a lunchtime recital. The concert, part of a weekly series which runs throughout the summer, begins at 1.15pm on Tuesday 27 May. Dr Roy Massey, Organist Emeritus of Hereford Cathedral, will give a gala concert in Hereford Cathedral on Tuesday 13 May at 7.15 pm to mark his 80th birthday, which he will have celebrated a few days earlier. Tickets are available from the cathedral shop or at the door on the night, price A?12 (students A?5). Hereford Cathedrala€™s popular summer series of lunchtime organ concerts opens on Tuesday 6 May with a recital by the cathedrala€™s organ scholar, Jonathan Allsopp. As with all the lunchtime concerts, it starts at 1.15 pm and admission is free, with a retiring collection. On Monday 21 April 2014 at 1.15 pm, Peter Dyke, assistant director of music at Hereford Cathedral, gives his now traditional Easter Bank Holiday concert, a selection of popular favourites which will show off the colours of the cathedral's world-famous Willis organ. On Sunday 16 March at 10 am, twelve recent ex-choristers will be returning to the choir stalls to join with the cathedral choir for a performance of Widor's Mass at the Cathedral Eucharist. Geraint Bowen, director of music at the cathedral, commented: 'It's wonderful to have so many ex-choristers coming back to sing with the cathedral choir in the Widor Mass. On Ash Wednesday, 5 March, the sound of top Cs will be floating round Hereford Cathedral when the cathedral choir sings Allegri's Miserere, one of the world's most celebrated pieces of church music.
Geraint Bowen, the cathedral's director of music said:'The Allegri is an eagerly-awaited piece in our choir's annual calendar because of the famous top Cs which it contains - five of them - which are sung by one of the choristers. We are committed to enabling our more able students to achieve qualifications that will see them well placed to apply for top universities. In addition to our CCD Days, each year we take our more able students in Year Ten to Oxford University for the day. During this time I became a specialist in Wide Area Networking and Server based Infrastructure and was promoted to Manager and Solution Designer.
The company now has a reputation for delivering efficient and dependable IT and Communications Systems on time and to budget.
I have also been able to save clients’ money by enabling them to merge departments and give the owners of these businesses better visibility on the various aspects of their expanded business. As part of the continuing commemoration of the First World War, much of the music played will be by composers whose lives were affected by war and loss. Peter, who is assistant director of music at the cathedral, said, a€?This year Ia€™ll be playing a number of audience favourites, including Widora€™s famous Toccata, John Stanleya€™s Trumpet Voluntary, and music by Bach and Handel.
The role of the Evangelist and the tenor arias will be sung by Gwilym Bowen; the other soloists are the soprano Rowan Pierce and the bass Nicholas Morton.
This great work consists of six parts, originally intended for performance separately on the principal feast days between Christmas and Epiphany. The distinguished team of international soloists is Lucy Bowen (soprano), William Towers (countertenor), Simon Wall (tenor) and Mathew Brook (bass). His 45-minute performance of Advent and Christmas favourites, a number of which are of his own arrangements and to which he has added his own seasonal twist, will start at 1.15 pm. Thirty-four singers, aged between 14 and 82, travelled by coach to London and train to Nuremberg, where they sang a concert at the historic MatthA¤uskirche in Heroldsberg and Sunday services at the historic Lorenzkirche in the city centre and the Christuskirche at Neunkirchen. Peter Dyke, director of the choir and Assistant Director of Music at Hereford Cathedral, said a€?The choir very much enjoyed its fourth visit to Germany, and sang superbly. At the end of the Sunday morning service in the Lorenzkirche, choir members were presented with Lebkuchen, the local gingerbread speciality, which is particularly associated with the run-up to Christmas.
Sam started his association with cathedral music as a chorister in Worcester Cathedral Choir. He regularly accompanied the chapel choir in services as well as concerts given by the Quiristers. For the last one of the series ita€™s fun to make it a rather special occasion, so Ia€™ve suggested people make requests. The final selection of items will remain a closely-guarded secret, until all is revealed on the day. It includes a large work, Commotio, by the Danish composer Carl Nielsen, who was born exactly 150 years before the day of the concert, on 9 June 1865. He also very much enjoys teaching, and over the last seven years he has acted as mentor to the cathedrala€™s organ scholars, all of whom have gone on to organ scholarships at university. From 1985 to 1988 David was assistant organist here in Hereford, and is now a celebrated international concert organist.
Recent years have seen a complete cycle of Haydn's last six masses, and Beethoven's Mass in C. William has chosen a programme of music by Cocker, Bach, Couperin, Alain, Harris and Elgar, and said a€?Ia€™m really looking forward to next weeka€™s recital: ita€™s something of a highlight in the year here.
Recent recital venues have included St Mary Redcliffe, Wells Cathedral and at the Worcester Three Choirs Festival. We're therefore thrilled to hear that the Dean of Hereford, the Very Revd Michael Tavinor has been awarded the ARSCM (the Associateship of the Royal School of Church Music) a€“ many congratulations!
The main instrument is the world-famous Willis, completed in 1892 by Henry a€?Fathera€™ Willis, which is widely considered to be one of the finest organs in Britain.
This year the festival celebrates its 300th anniversary in Hereford at the end of July. Peter, who is assistant director of music at the cathedral, said, a€?This year Ia€™ll be playing a number of audience favourites, including Widora€™s famous Toccata, Jeremiah Clarkea€™s Trumpet Tune, and music by Johann Sebastian Bach. The first will be given by Peter on Tuesday 9 June at 7.15 pm and will include Edward Elgara€™s Pomp and Circumstance March No 1. This yeara€™s series begins on Tuesday 5 May with a guide to the cathedrala€™s organs given by Geraint, Peter and William Fox, the cathedrala€™s organ scholar.
This is scored for two choirs, one of which is a standard four-part choir, which will be the cathedral choir, and the other is for a chorus of baritones, which will be the ex-choristers. As is so often the case in his music, Messiaen conjures up a huge variety of ethereal and other-worldly sounds with his exotic use of tonal colour. As well as being inspired by his Christian faith, it was also influenced by the Alpine landscape and by the stained glass of medieval cathedrals.
Its climax comes when the chosen boy replaces the Bishop of the diocese on the throne, going on to lead the prayers and preach a sermon written himself. Whilst a chorister, he also took part in several radio broadcasts and a CD recording and toured South Africa with the choir. The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, the BBC National Chorus of Wales, and the BBC Singers were conducted by Grant Llewellyn with Michael joining soloists tenor Robin Tritschler and baritone Roderick Williams.
Michael has just graduated from St Chada€™s College, Durham University with a degree in music, having previously been one of the first intake of choral scholars (albeit of the bass kind) here at Hereford Cathedral during the year 2010a€“11.

He is very much enjoying being back in Herefordshire; in his spare time, Michael enjoys playing squash and tennis, the finer points of typography, and tea and cake. Latterly, he hopes to study for a joint honours degree in English and modern languages whilst maintaining his interest in choral music. Over five years, he broadcast with the choir on BBC radio and television, made several recordings, and toured Holland and Italy. Here, he studied the organ with Daniel Moult and Gordon Stewart, having previously studied with Matthew Owens. The Hereford & South Shropshire Area gather in Hereford for their Choral Festival each October, but this year the cathedral also hosted the RSCM national and international award ceremony, a very special honour which is bestowed on a different cathedral each year. Unsurprisingly, the cathedral was packed, not just with the regular congregation but also with visitors and award winners from as far away as South Africa.
Sam Bayliss, who sings as an assistant lay clerk in the choir every weekend, is also a very accomplished organist, and has been invited to play in the cathedrala€™s popular series of lunchtime organ concerts. Geraint Bowen, organist and director of music at Hereford Cathedral, said a€?Sam is a much-valued member of our choir and it's wonderful that he is going to be demonstrating his musical versatility by playing in our lunchtime organ concert series.
In September 2014, Jonny takes up the organ scholarship at Durham Cathedral, whilst reading for a music degree at the university. The four movements of the work take influence from the colours and shapes of each of the four windows, and will be performed by the London-based organist Tom Bell. As usual at these concerts, there will be a large-screen video link in the nave from the organ loft. But this performance will have a unique twist, as he explains: a€?In this wonderful music, the composer depicted one of his friends in each of the fourteen short movements. The audience can look forward to a colourful and powerful demonstration of the great 1892 organ! As at all the cathedral's organ concerts there will be a large-screen video link in the nave from the organ loft. Under his direction, Durham Cathedral Choir has maintained its reputation as one of Britain's leading cathedral choirs, and in 2009 the musical foundation was expanded by the admission of a team of girl choristers.
A former assistant organist of Westminster Abbey who played at the royal wedding in 2011, he now pursues a diverse career as an organist, ensemble player and collaborator in new music. Jonathan Allsopp, the cathedrala€™s 19-year-old organ scholar, will give a complete performance of one of Olivier Messiaena€™s masterpieces for organ, Messe de la PentecA?te, on the cathedrala€™s 4,000-pipe Father Willis organ. Henry Websdale may only be 17, but he already has given recitals around the country and earlier this year passed the prestigious Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists diploma, becoming one of the youngest ever to do so. Members of the audience are able to see the organist playing in the organ loft via a video link to a large screen in the nave.
Formerly a student of Kinga€™s College School in Wimbledon, Jonathan has given a number of recitals across the country recently and in September will take up the organ scholarship at Durham Cathedral whilst he reads for a degree in Music from the university. Members of the audience will be able to watch Jonathan playing via a live video link to a big screen set up in the nave. In the weeks leading up to it each year, I often hear some of the boys trying it out when they think no-one's listening. We believe that through effective curriculum structures plus a rich and diverse range of extra-curricular experiences, we are able to challenge and inspire. However, after being introduced to the wonders of IT and Technology I changed direction and completed my education at the University of Plymouth. It combines some of Bacha€™s most festive and jubilant writing for choir and orchestra, complete with trumpets and kettledrums, with more intimate reflective numbers for the soloists.
Admission is free, with a retiring collection in aid of Hereford Cathedral Perpetual Trust. Music sung included pieces by Tudor composers such as Tallis, as well as some pieces by contemporary composers George Arthur, Samuel Wilson and Esther Vann, written for the choira€™s recent composition workshops. Ita€™s always a great honour to sing in the great Lorenzkirche, but it was lovely to sing in two new venues as well and reach new audiences. He was organ scholar at Somerville College, Oxford, where he studied for a degree in mathematics and computer science, and during this time also completed the ARCO diploma, winning two prizes. The programme for this concert will be made up of pieces of music specially requested by members of the audience, giving many an opportunity to hear a favourite piece of music. The audience will be able to see the organist playing by means of the cathedrala€™s live video feed, which has proved a popular feature of the organ concerts. All of these works were intended for performance during mass in the Bergkirche (pilgrimage church) at Eisenstadt in Austria, to celebrate the name-day of Princess Maria Hermenegild (1768a€“1845), who was the wife of Haydn's patron Prince Nikolaus Esterhazy II. The name Paukenmesse ('Kettledrum-Mass) refers to the the prominent part given to the timpani in the Agnus Dei of the mass. We do not know the precise year when the cathedral was consecrated, but 11 May has always been kept as the festival since mediaeval times, and we keep it now on the Sunday nearest to this date.
Ia€™ve chosen a wide-ranging programme of English and French music to suit a variety of tastes, and to display the rich diversity of tonal colours on Hereforda€™s Willis organ.
With four manuals and nearly 70 speaking stops, it has a huge range of tonal colour, from the majestic solo Tuba down to the quietest flute. The second, on Tuesday 22 September, sees David Briggs, former assistant organist at Hereford and now an international concert organist, return to Hereford.
The morning includes an opportunity to take part in a short workshop with the choristers and sing with some of them in the cathedrala€™. This aspect of the work is one that will allow Peter to explore the full potential of Hereforda€™s world-famous Willis organ. During his final year in Durham he held the position of assistant conductor and accompanist for Durham University Choral Society. He will happily talk about his fondness for the films of Meryl Streep with anyone who is prepared to listen. Having joined as a chorister in 2007, he sang in weekly services as well as participating in events such as the annual Royal Maundy Service, Remembrance Day commemorations at the Cenotaph and a number of broadcasts, whilst working with musicians such as James Bowman and Huw Williams.
His duties at the cathedral included accompanying Choral Evensong at least once a week, taking chorister rehearsals, and playing for Wells Cathedral School services and Chapel Choir.
He was awarded a recital at the cathedral as a result of outstanding performance at the Oundle for Organists summer school last year. Jonathana€™s programme juxtaposes works by Baroque masters Bach and Bruhns alongside pieces by contemporary composers a€“ music that will certainly put the Willis organ through its paces and demonstrate its versatility.
The choir also gave a spontaneous performance of a motet by Mendelssohn at Nuremberga€™s main railway station! After two stints as organist and choirmaster at St Marka€™s Church, Swindon, he spent three years as assistant alto lay clerk at Hereford Cathedral before taking on his current role, which he couples with a career in accountancy and accompanying Monmouth Choral Society.
Following his departure from the choir in 2010, he completed his Grade 8 singing exam with distinction, and following a brief period of experimentation with the countertenor voice, Philip sang with the school and London youth choirs during the transition to the lower register.
Following this, William was, for three years, a music scholar at Oakham School, and took up the junior organ scholarship at Wells Cathedral in September 2012. William also studied the piano with Joseph Tong and took A-levels in English, History and Music. In 2014 he gained the ARCO diploma, winning the Sawyer and Durrant prizes and the Lord St Audries Prize.
On retiring as a chorister, he joined the choir at Holy Trinity, Hereford and is a member of the HCS Senior Chamber Choir, whilst continuing to to play the piano and the trumpet. Since 2014 he has been assistant organist at the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy in Wiltshire. As well as singing, Matthew enjoys playing the double bass, and was principal bassist with the Leicestershire Schools Symphony Orchestra and a member of the CBSO Youth Orchestra. He is an enthusiastic musician and has sung in many ensembles, including the Rodolfus Choir. Outside music, his interests include running, and he took part in the Duke of Edinburgha€™s Awards Scheme. He was also a member of the Scout Association for a number of years, and attended the World Scout Jamboree in Sweden in 2011.
He is also a keen linguist, having studied French and German to A-level standard, and is currently enjoying teaching himself Latin. After completing his GCSEs, he moved to the Kinga€™s School, Canterbury to continue with his A-levels.
There he was given the opportunity to sing in the cathedral once a week, and this experience prompted him to apply for the choral scholarship here at Hereford. Felix is currently waiting for replies from his UCAS application, but hopes to go on to music college after finishing his year here.

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