Organists

Organists

Christopher Woodward - Director of music

Christopher has been Director of Music at St Barnabas, Dulwich since August 2020 where he is responsible for the renowned adult choir. In 2021 he founded Dulwich Children’s Choir with the sole aim of continuing to inspire young children in Years 2 to 7 to become choristers.Prior to this worked as an organist and choir director at All Saints’ Church, Putney Common for six years. Whilst at Putney, Christopher led a successful music programme at All Saints’ where he directed a fine adult chamber choir and a team of choral scholars each week. He also established Putney Treblemakers which attracted some forty children each week. The children’s choir recorded a CD of Christmas music and a number of its members went to be cathedral choristers, sing with the NYCGB and entered the BBC Young Chorister of the Year. Christopher studied at both King’s College London and The Royal Academy of Music and is an Associate of the Royal College of Organists; he currently studies conducting with Neil Ferris. Christopher is a qualified teacher and is passionate about inspiring children with a life-long love of music. Since September 2017 he has been Director of Music at Newton Prep – one of London’s most prestigious schools – where he leads a large Music Department.

Hugh Rowlands - Assistant Director of Music

Hugh is the Assistant Director of Music at St Barnabas. Alongside his position at St Barnabas, Hugh is also the Organ Fellow at Haileybury School. On his gap year he was the organ scholar at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. In that time he appeared with the choir regularly in the Royal Hospital’s Wren Chapel, as well as at Cadogan Hall. He appears on two recordings as accompanist to the Royal Hospital Choir of previously unrecorded choral works by Ralph Vaughan Williams on Albion and a recording of music for Remembrance on SOMM. In 2018, he took up the organ scholarship Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, where he studied music. With Sidney Sussex College Choir, he performed on many recording projects, and on tours abroad, including to the USA, Singapore and Malaysia. Hugh was also the organ scholar for King’s Voices for two years. In 2021, he was awarded the Fellowship of the Royal College of Organists. He has performed recitals in Southwark Cathedral, St Albans Cathedral, and a number of college chapels in both Cambridge and Oxford. Hugh also takes a keen interest in new music and has appeared with the London Contemporary Orchestra at London’s Union Chapel, and the Icelandic duo Jònsi and Alex, with the LCO, at London’s Barbican Centre and the Paris Philharmonie.

MARILYN HARPER - CHRIST'S CHAPEL ORGANIST
Marilyn Harper has been Organist at Christ’s Chapel since 2000. Following retirement in 2012 from JAGS, she continues to be active as Organ Teacher at JAGS and  a piano and theory teacher at JASSPA. Marilyn is also an Accredited Teacher for the Royal College of Organists. Inspired to learn the organ from early teenage years in Lancashire, her studies continued at the former Royal Manchester College of Music, before she became Organ Scholar at Girton College, Cambridge.Studies were with John Rutter and Dame Gillian Weir. After the restoration of the organ in the chapel in 2009, Marilyn established a Sunday evening series of free recitals, to be resumed post covid. In middle age, Marilyn took part in master classes in London and Cambridge, has given recitals in the UK and accompanied choirs in Anglican Cathedrals and in Europe. Past honorary posts include Chair of the Southwark and South London Society of Organists and Secretary of the London Organ Concerts Guide. Marilyn is married to Norman. They have two sons, who both flourished in the musical life at St Barnabas, the younger of whom is Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral, the older of whom recently qualified as a pilot.