TOM WINPENNY

Tom Winpenny took up the post of Assistant Master of the Music at St Albans Cathedral in September 2008, where his duties include accompanying the daily choral services and directing the acclaimed Abbey Girls Choir. Previously, he was Sub-Organist at St Paul's Cathedral, and during this time he performed with the Cathedral Choir at the American Guild of Organists National Convention, performed in Mahler's Symphony no. 8 with Valery Gergiev and the LSO, and played for many great state occasions. He has also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio and been featured on American Public Media's Pipedreams.

He began organ lessons under John Scott Whiteley while a chorister at York Minster, and continued as a Music Scholar at Eton College under Alastair Sampson. After holding the post of Organ Scholar at Worcester Cathedral and then St George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, he was for three years Organ Scholar at King's College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a degree in music. With the Choir of King's College, he gave concerts in the USA, Hong Kong and throughout Europe, in addition to appearing as their accompanist on CD releases on EMI Classics.

He has taken part in the first performance of works by Sir John Tavener, Judith Bingham, Jonathan Dove, Francis Grier and Francis Pott. He has studied with Thomas Trotter and Johannes Geffert, and won First Prize and the Audience Prize at the 2008 Miami International Organ Competition.

Recent and forthcoming engagements include recitals in Truro Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral, Stockholm Cathedral and in the USA in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Independence, Missouri. In April 2010 he led the St Albans Abbey Girls Choir on a 10-day tour of the USA, including concerts in Washington DC, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Miami. His first solo organ recordings, made on the St Albans Cathedral organ, and including the premiere recording of Judith Bingham's organ concerto Jacob's Ladder, are due for future release.