RSCM St Albans, Hertford and Bedford Area Committtee

For general enquiries, please contact the RSCM St Albans, Herts & Beds using the e-mail form below.

E-mails are normally responded to within 48 hours.

Committee members may also be contacted by email using the form at the bottom of this page by selecting the intended recipient from the drop down list.

Acting Area Chairman
Child Protection Officer

Roger Carter
Tel: 01582 720095

Roger Carter studied the organ initially with Christopher Scarf and Richard Popplewell, gaining Fellowships from the Royal College of Organists and Trinity College of Music. He also participated in courses in France, Germany, Italy and the Netherlands to gain specialist knowledge of various sections of the organ repertoire. Performing widely as a soloist and accompanist in this country and abroad has offered him the experience of playing many different types of organs. He has been Director of Music at St John’s Church, Harpenden for many years and teaches for the Royal College of Organists, and Queenswood and The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ Schools. He is also a choral conductor and was, for a while, Assistant Director of the Harpenden Choral Society.

NK Acting Area Secretary
Bishop’s & Dean’s Awards

Nicholas King
Tel: 01442 262895

Nicholas moved to Hertfordshire in 1979 as Head of Music at Hemel Hempstead School from previous work in Kent, including a long association with Folkestone Parish Church, where he had first become involved with RSCM work at both area and national levels. Subsequent appointments took him to the Royal College of Music as Vice-Director & Director of Studies, then to Trinity London as Chief Examiner in Music.

He has been involved with St. John’s church at Boxmoor since 1989, serving as their Director of Music from 2006 to 2014. His current freelance portfolio also includes work for the ABRSM, for whom he has examined since 1982, the New School of Organ Studies, the Guild of Church Musicians, and Kent County Organists’ Association. He has recently stepped down from nine years as Lay Chair for Hemel Hempstead deanery. He maintains a lively presence as a recitalist and consultant.

Nicholas is always keen to hear from those interested in developing entries for diocesan awards from their choirs.

PG Area Treasurer
Peter Garner
Tel: 01442 257023

Peter has enjoyed singing since attending a Church Junior School in Hemel Hempstead where he joined the choir of St John’s Boxmoor as a Treble. Music has always been influential in his life and he has been a great supporter of RSCM throughout. He was a founder member of the Aeolian Singers and later served as their chairman for 6 years during which time he arranged and lead the choir on three European choral excursions. He sang with other chamber choirs including ‘Quodlibet’ and ‘Prelude’ and has sung the services in 15 English Cathedrals when the resident cathedral choir were on holiday. He learnt to play the piano and later the organ and has been organist at three churches in Hemel Hempstead. Currently Peter sings Bass in St John’s Boxmoor church choir.

Education and Training
Marie Price
Website: www.windmusic.co.uk
Tel: 01727 751635

Marie has been running church choirs for over 30 years, as a choral scholar at Exeter University, where she took her degree in Music and teaching qualification, then as assistant choirmaster at Hendon St Mary (London Diocese) for 7 years and as director of Dunstable Priory Girls Choir for 13 years, and currently directs two choirs at St Albans Cathedral – the Parish Junior Singers (known as the PJs) and the St Albans Cathedral Parish Singers – an adult, auditioned, four part voluntary choir. She has sung with numerous choirs including the Exon Singers and BBC Symphony Chorus; in addition to singing, her main instrument is the clarinet and she plays the piano, saxophone and double bass.

Marie is a Senior Lead Teacher for Herts Music Service, teaching mostly woodwind and theory, as well as providing training for new teachers and for Music Medals Teacher Assessors, and managing the Music Service website. She is Music Subject Leader at the Abbey School, St Albans, and was for 8 years an animateur for the St Albans Chorister Outreach Project – taking singing out to primary schools across the region on behalf of the Cathedral, running workshops in schools for a term and then bringing the school children to the Abbey to perform an exciting concert with the Cathedral Choristers.  She has led courses and singing days for the RSCM and others in various parts of the country and is a certified Sing Up trainer for teachers.

RK Publicity/IT
Rosemary Knight

Rosemary studied German at UCL and taught German for a time before joining a major IT company where she trained as a systems engineer and spent the rest of her working life, mostly supporting a global financial system for General Motors.She began learning the organ in Skelmersdale and has played in various churches since 1978, when a church in Hoxton was desperate. Since July 2013 she has been organist and choir director at Holy Trinity Leverstock Green in Hertfordshire. She is also a member of the St Albans Bach Choir and the RSCM Area Chamber Choir. She is webmaster and newsletter editor for the Enfield & District Organists’ Association.Following a company takeover she was able to take early retirement in 2009, and spend more time on music. A pupil of Roger Carter, she passed the CertRCO in spring 2013, and in the same year she gained an MA in historical musicology from Goldsmiths, University of London.

james Clergy Representative
James Reveley
Tel: 01234 354234

Rev James Reveley began his musical life singing as a boy chorister and young adult at St John’s, Boxmoor. At school, he also had tuition on piano, viola and tuned percussion.

James read music at Goldsmiths College, University of London, before following a calling to ordained ministry. He studied theology at Ripon College, Cuddesdon and The Church Divinity School of the Pacific before ordination in St Alban’s Abbey in 1996.

James served curacies in Bedford and Harpenden, and was for nine years Vicar of Boxmoor. He is currently Vicar of St Andrew’s Bedford. He sings in several choirs, principally Harpenden’s Lea Singers, and is a strong supporter of the junior and adult choristers of his church.

Consultant / Former Chairman
Christopher Muhley
Website: http://muhley.com
Tel: 01727 753705

Christopher has worked closely with the RSCM in this Area for nearly 40 years. He became Organist of All Saints’, Leavesden in 1974 before moving to St Peter’s, St Albans in 1976. Whilst there he ran a renowned choir of men and boys who made frequent foreign tours and recordings as well as initiating the first Girls’ Choir in the City and All-Age Orchestra. In 2000 he returned to St Saviour’s, St Albans, where he had received his first organ lessons, before becoming a freelance organist in 2004. In this capacity he has worked with many churches within our area and London Diocese and is a frequent deputy organist at St Albans Cathedral. He had three finalists in the BBC Young Chorister of the Year Competition, with a winner in 1999 who millions will have seen at the Millennium Dome at the turn of the year.

Throughout this time he has been on and off the local Area Committee, taking various roles such as Awards Officer, running courses and taking Area Choir Festival rehearsals. He has been delighted to conduct the Area Festival on several occasions. His main job since leaving the Royal College of Music where he studied with Richard Popplewell and Herbert Howells is as a school teacher. He was number two in the department at Watford Boys’ Grammar School before becoming Director of Music at Hitchin Boys’ School in 1985 and then at The Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School from 1997 to 2016. He is now a freelance musician operating in Herts, Beds and London and is Chairman of St Albans Cathedral Music Trust, charged with raising funds to financially secure the musical heritage for future generations to enjoy.

Christopher is keen to encourage church music as a worthy part of the liturgy, performed to the highest possible standard. Although his training is largely from a choral background he is eager to develop all musical styles provided they are “performed with the spirit and the understanding also”.

Area Chamber Choir Secretary
Helen Carter
Tel: 01353 740214

Having pursued a career as a Perfusionist (technical side of heart surgery) for twenty years, she was forced, by registration changes, to give up her career when she had a family. Since then she has been a full-time home manager and part-time assistant at the village school as well as setting up and, initially, running the Sunday school and then later starting the junior choir at the village church. Helen attended her local music school as an instrumentalist in her early years and developed a love of music which has stayed with her. Having failed the audition for her school choir, Helen was delighted to join the choir of her church in Ilford when girls were finally admitted. She started her career in singing as an alto at the age of twenty and has since sung tenor and soprano too – a hazard of having married an organist and choir trainer (her first husband). She has continued to sing in choirs wherever she was living at the time and eventually, in 2006, achieved her dream of passing the gold award, which she had previously been too old to enter. Joining the area chamber choir has given her the opportunity of singing repertoire she cannot sing locally.

Consultant Webmaster
Phil Ellis

Phil, who lives in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire, joined Kodak Ltd as a graduate chemist and spent his entire professional career in R&D. Prior to his retirement he was involved in the setting up and running of a Kodak Ltd R&D Intranet site. Phil took early retirement in 2003 but has continued developing websites in his spare time for several ‘not-for-profit’ organisations. It is thanks to Andy that he agreed (readily) to help with the RSCM St Albans website.Phil has always been very interested in photography and has been a member of the Royal Photographic Society for many years. He was made a Fellow of the RPS in 2011 and was the very proud recipient of the RPS’s Fenton Medal in 2012.

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