Conductor

Our musical director is Tim Woodford.

Tim WoodfordTim photo

Tim began his musical training as a chorister at St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and thereafter at Hurstpierpoint College, West Sussex, where he became a choral scholar, organist and leader of the school orchestra (violin). He also toured America and Germany and became a member of the National Youth Choir of Great Britain.

He then went on to study music at Surrey University where he specialised in choral conducting, singing, piano and organ and became a choral scholar and Lay-clerk at Guildford Cathedral.

Upon graduating from university, he has spent much of his time teaching, performing, composing and conducting. Tim has conducted many choirs in Surrey, including The Surrey Youth choir, Surrey Children’s choir and Holmbury St. Mary, Woking and Fleet choral societies.

As a singer he has performed under many of the country’s top choral conductors and in several cathedral choirs and chamber choirs including the Cambridge Taverner choir and Scholar Cantorum.

Tim has conducted and performed on the piano and organ in prestigious venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Festival Hall, the Barbican and The Vatican. He has also made many television appearances. Most recently, he has been training choristers at Crediton Parish church, one of whom was 2014’s BBC Girl Chorister of the year. This year, two more of his pupils are national finalists in the same competition.

Tim has performed to The Royal Family, The Most Reverend and Right Honourable Rowan Williams, Lord Archbishop of Canterbury, and many celebrities.

Tim is also a composer and arranger having had works performed on both BBC Radio and on CD. For light relief Tim enjoys Jazz piano having previously played on Ferries/Cruise ships.

(Our previous conductor, Peter Stobart, was with us for 8 years and left in 2015 to become Musical Director of St Fin Barre’s Cathedral, Cork, Ireland).