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Musical Director - Julian Collings
Julian was educated as an organ scholar at Tonbridge School in Kent, before winning an organ scholarship to Christ’s College, Cambridge in 1999, studying under Thomas Trotter and David Sanger. He is currently Director of Music at St Cyprian's Church, Clarence Gate, a post which he combines with a busy freelance performing schedule.
Photo Credit to Simon Weir
Much in demand as a choral director, he conducts numerous choirs in London including the Barnes Choir, Epsom Choral Society and Teddington Choral Society. He also works regularly with Ad Libitum Chamber Choir and is founding musical director of the much acclaimed Arcubus Ensemble with whom he is due to make a recording.
As an organ recitalist he has performed extensively both in the UK and overseas as well as broadcasting for BBC radio and television. Recent recital engagements have included Portsmouth Cathedral, St Alban’s Abbey and St John’s College Cambridge in addition to concerts in the Channel Islands, France, Belgium, Germany, Spain, Holland and Estonia.
As organist with Svyati Duo, he regularly collaborates with cellist, Rebecca Hepplewhite, performing concerts in the UK, Europe, Asia and the United States of America. The duo have three critically acclaimed recordings to their name on the Regent Records label and have commissioned a number of new works by leading UK composers.
Julian also performs organ duets with Benedict Lewis-Smith as the Oxbridge Organ Duo - recent engagements have included Kristiansand Cathedral in Norway and the Victoria International Arts Festival in Gozo. Their debut recording of Stravinsky's Firebird in a transcription by Guy Bovet was released in 2018.
Accompanist - Phil Culling
Phil has worked with choirs as both accompanist and director for over 25 years.He has been an Assistant Director of Music at both Prep and Secondary level. He was Director of Music at the Godolphin and Latymer School for 6 years, which included directing the Latymer and Godolphin Choral Society. He now works as a Deputy Head of a private nursery school in Kensington, as well as enjoying work as a freelance musician in his spare time, particularly enjoying teaching piano, guitar and recorder as well as loving accompanying work for individuals and choirs in any style on piano or organ.