Dr Richard Godfrey is retired Consultant Physician and specialist in lung disease, who still teaches for the World Health Organisation. When time allowed during his medical career, Richard studied the organ with a number of teachers, including Robert Munns, Margaret Phillips and Anne Marsden Thomas. He gained the ARCO in 1976, and won the RCO’s Percy Whitlock prize for organ teaching in 1999. He now devotes increasing time to teaching the organ and has recently been appointed as a Tutor for the Royal College of Organists Academy. He is coordinator of the Salisbury Diocesan PipeUp Scheme, which provides subsidised organ tuition for young people in several centres across Wiltshire and Dorset. He is musical advisor to the Lyme Regis Organ School, which he helped to create in 2010 largely in response to the installation of the new 46-stop Skrabl organ in Lyme Regis Parish Church. Richard gives regular concerts and has performed in Salisbury Cathedral, Nairobi Cathedral and Sherborne Abbey. He has been Organ Consultant to the Diocese of Salisbury since 1993. In spare time Richard enjoys making and repairing instruments, and in 2005 completed the 25-stop organ at All Saint’s Church, Farley, near Salisbury.
Alison Malcom was born and educated in Salisbury. Alison studied the organ with Anne Marsden-Thomas and achieved the ARCO and Teaching Diploma., Alison won a scholarship to the Gottenburg Summer Organ Academy where she studied with Jacques van Oortmerssen, Kimberley Marshall and Ludger Lohmann. She is currently Director of Music at Amesbury Abbey
John Challenger is Assistant Director of Music at Salisbury Cathedral, where he accompanies the Cathedral’s services on the 1877 Father Willis Organ, and assists in the running of the choir. He is active as a choral director, organ teacher and organ recitalist in the Diocese of Salisbury and further afield. John began his musical education as a chorister at Hereford Cathedral, and was an organ scholar at St John’s College, Cambridge, before taking up his current role at Salisbury Cathedral in 2012.
Peter Lattimer was born and educated in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. After National Service he read music at Oxford and became an assistant organist in the Cathedral. His first teaching post was at Hurstpierpoint College in Sussex but most of his career was spent as Director of Music at Bryanston School. Since his retirement, he has been the Organist and Choirmaster of St Mary’s, Sturminster Newton. He enjoys teaching and conducting choirs, especially his own choir at St Mary’s. He is also the Conductor of the Mill Singers Male Voice Choir and he plays all sorts of organs in North Dorset.
Tim Eyles studied piano and flute at school in Kent and reached grade 8 on both instruments by the age of 18. After graduating from Durham University with a BA (Hons) in Anthropology in 1983, Tim taught himself to play the organ in a gap year before starting work for British Rail. After qualifying as a management accountant in 1994, Tim started taking organ lessons from Anne Marsden Thomas at the St Giles International Organ School in London. In 1996 he was appointed organist at Christ Church, Swindon and took over running the choir there a year later. Under his leadership the choir have made three CDs and sung services at several cathedrals in southern England. Tim introduced organ classes to the Swindon Music Festival and is an examiner for the Royal School of Church Music. He is currently President of the Wiltshire and Bath Organists’ Association. Tim is now a freelance organist, playing for weddings and funerals in the Swindon area and regularly playing at Kingsdown Crematorium and teaching organ and piano in Swindon.
Chris Totney was born and educated in Stourbridge, West Midlands, beginning his organ studies with Andrew Fletcher. He read Music at Durham University, continuing on the organ with Keith Wright and releasing a CD as conductor of University College Chapel Choir under the Lammas label. He spent two years as Organ Scholar of Durham Cathedral under the direction of James Lancelot, gaining both the Associateship and Choral Directing diplomas from the Royal College of Organists.
Chris moved to Wiltshire in 2006 to become Assistant Director of Music and Organist at Dauntsey’s School, a post he held until 2015. Since 2011, he has also been Organist and Choirmaster at St John the Baptist Church, Devizes, a church with a thriving choral tradition. He is in increasing demand to give concerts and workshops in the region and spent ten years contributing to the work of the Edington Festival of Music within the Liturgy. In 2011, his choral work, The Mystery of Christ, was a winner at the King James Bible Composition Awards and is published by the RSCM, along with a set of Evening Canticles originally written for Durham Cathedral and Choir School. Chris is currently Head of Keyboard Studies and Organist at St Mary’s School, Calne, a post he took up in January 2016. Alongside this, he continues to work with his church choir in Devizes, where he also teaches several students on the PipeUp scheme.
Peter Oakes was thrown into the world of organ-playing as a young boy when the organist at his local church left and there was no-one else to play; either he played, or the service was ‘said’. Although self-taught in the early days, he has since enjoyed learning from such greats as David Sanger, David Briggs and Margaret Phillips.
A professional musician by trade, he teaches A level Music at the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. He has taught organ, piano and double bass privately for many years.
Ute Schwarting took up the organ when she was 13. She studied to become an organist and choir master in her native Freiburg in Germany under Christoph Schoener and Ludwig Doerr. She went on to train as a piano teacher in Berlin before she came to Salisbury where she teaches organ, gives piano lessons at home and in Chafyn Grove school and is assistant organist in St. Thomas's church Salisbury.