Appointment of Director of Music
We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Stephen Moore as Director of Music. Since 2010 Stephen has been Director of Music at St Matthew’s Church, Northampton, where he has overseen the redevelopment and consolidation of the choral tradition there. St Matthew’s has long had a famous tradition of commissioning new music beginning with Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb over 70 years ago; under Stephen’s direction the choir have given the premieres of new works by Paul Mealor, David Halls and Philip Stopford, recorded two CDs and undertaken several successful tours.
Stephen completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity College of Music, with organ as principle study, graduating in 2008 with a first class honours degree in performance and winning the college medal for the highest keyboard studies mark in his year along with the college prize for conducting. Whilst at Trinity he studied with William Whitehead and Colm Carey and twice won the Cardnell Organ Prize for outstanding performance. He is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists and a Fellow of Trinity College London. In September 2015 Stephen began Postgraduate study with Henry Fairs at Birmingham Conservatoire.
Whilst studying in London Stephen spent two years working at the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, having previously held posts at the Old Royal Naval College Chapel in Greenwich and Southwell Minster. Upon finishing his degree, Stephen spent a year as Organ Scholar at Salisbury Cathedral. Until December 2010, Stephen held the post of Organist and Director of Choral Music at Felsted School, Essex, as well as Musical Director of the Braintree Choral Society. He has recently taught at The Northamptonshire Grammar School in Pitsford, and for Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust. Stephen has been active on the RSCM committee for Northampton and Peterborough area and was President of the Northampton and District Organists’ Association in 2013. Since 2011 he has been Musical Director of the Northampton Chamber Choir with whom he has directed performances of works such as Duruflé, Fauré and Rutter Requiems, Handel Messiah, Mozart Solemn Vespers and Haydn Creation.
As a soloist he has given recitals in numerous churches and cathedrals throughout the country, most recently Leicester and Wakefield Cathedrals, Christ Church Priory and Huddersfield University. He performed in the Three Choirs Festival in Worcester in 2008, and the Southern Cathedrals Festival in Salisbury in 2009. Recital engagements in 2016 include Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and Southwell Minster as well as liturgical performances of Messiaen La Nativité du Seigneur and Dupré Le Chemin de la Croix.
The Dean of Llandaff has said “I am delighted that Stephen has accepted the invitation to join us at Llandaff. He brings with him a wealth of experience and an energetic vision that will reshape the delivery of music here”.
Stephen will take up his appointment in September.