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Director of Music
Jeremy Summerly is a conductor, musicologist and broadcaster. He founded Oxford Camerata in 1984, conducted Schola Cantorum of Oxford from 1990-1996, is Co-Artistic Director of Oxford Baroque, and Director of Music at the London church of St Luke’s, Chelsea in succession to Sir John Goss and John Ireland.
He has conducted over fifty original commercial recordings of music spanning a thousand years, and has worked as music producer on a similar number with groups such as the Choir of Westminster Abbey, I Faggiolini, Fiori Musicali, and the Choir of New College Oxford. He has worked with local choirs and orchestras in locations as far afield as Melbourne, Cape Town, Tokyo, Helsinki, and San Francisco, and has conducted Benjamin Britten’s Hymn to the Virgin across the River Jordan, with one choir in Jordan and the other in Israel.
He is a reviewer for BBC Radio 3’s CD Review and a contributor to BBC Radio 4’s Front Row. He has written articles for the Cambridge History of Musical Performance and for the upcoming Cambridge Encyclopedia of Historical Performance in Music. He has conducted Ligeti for Ligeti, Tavener for Tavener, and Pärt for Pärt, and he is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music, where for twenty-five years he has been variously Head of Academic Studies, Head of Undergraduate Programmes, and Sterndale Bennett Lecturer in Music.
Paul Geddes Senior Organ Scholar
Benjamin joined St Peters College as junior organ scholar in October 2015. His principal instrument has always been the organ, which he took up at age fourteen, subsequently achieving grade 8 distinction within three years. Benjamin was organ scholar at his school, Bishop Wordsworth’s Grammar Salisbury, and had organ lessons at Salisbury Cathedral. During his gap year he worked as organist of Salisbury Crematorium, and in 2015 won the Liz Lawrence award for Wiltshire musicians. At St Peter’s Benjamin has organ lessons with Stephen Farr and conducting lessons with Paul Spicer.
Siraj Singh Kandhari Junior Organ Scholar
Rex started at St Peter’s in October 2016. During his gap year in Australia, he worked as organ scholar at St Paul’s Cathedral and music gap student at Trinity Grammar School in Melbourne. He performed organ recitals for the Melbourne University Society of Organ Concerts and a recital at St Paul’s Cathedral on the fantastic four manual English Romantic Lewis organ. Rex also played in the Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra as a violinist.
Between 2006 and 2010, Rex was a chorister at Winchester Cathedral and was inspired to take up the organ as his third instrument, after the violin and piano. However, the organ quickly became his principal instrument. Rex then studied at Stowe School as a music and academic scholar, where he was taught by former St Peter’s organ scholar, Lewis Brito-Babapulle.