Andrew Carwood - Director of Music
Andrew Carwood is the first non-organist to lead the music at St Paul's since the 12th century. He has gained a reputation as one of the most versatile musicians of his generation, having had an illustrious career as a singer before focusing attention on conducting and choral direction. He trained as a choral scholar at St John's College, Cambridge, and was a lay clerk at Christ Church, Oxford and Westminster Cathedral, before becoming Director of Music at the Brompton Oratory. As a conductor his reputation was established with The Cardinall's Musick and together the three-time Gramohone award winners continue to perform throughout the UK and Europe.
Simon Johnson - Organist & Assistant Director of Music
Simon Johnson has a remarkable and multifaceted international career as a virtuoso organist, conductor and composer. He has been involved in all of the national occasions that have taken place at St Paul’s since his appointment in 2008, including the funeral service of Baroness Thatcher and the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty the Queen. Recitals have taken him all over Europe and the USA, as well as to many of the premier venues in the UK. He has performed with groups such as the LSO, RPO, and The Sixteen and worked with Wes Anderson on the Oscar, Bafta and Grammy award-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Peter Holder - Sub Organist
Peter Holder was previously the Organ Scholar of Westminster Abbey, a position that he held whilst undertaking postgraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music (from where he also graduated with first-class honours). Whilst an undergraduate, he also held the position of Organ Scholar at St Albans Cathedral. Amongst numerous awards at college he was the recipient of HRH Princess Alice the Duchess of Gloucester’s Prize for exemplary studentship and his association with the Academy will continue through a fellowship and teaching. He enjoys a national and international career as an organist, and brings to us a rich experience of music-making at the very highest level.
Joseph Beech - William & Irene Miller Organ Scholar
Joseph Beech is William and Irene Miller Organ Scholar for the academic year 2016-2017. He joined us from the London Oratory, where he was been Organ Scholar for the last two years. He was the Organ Scholar at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle. Joseph’s year at St Paul’s started on 1 September - alongside his final year of undergraduate studies at the Royal Academy of Music.
Tom Daggett - OBE Organ Outreach Fellow
Tom Daggett is a former Organ Scholar of Lincoln College, Oxford. He has a wealth of experience in the field of education and outreach, principally from his association with the Centre for Theology and Community. He founded the Hackney Children’s Choir and has a deep vocation to help the disadvantaged, particularly through his own enthusiasm for and experience of music.