RSCM St Albans, Hertford and Bedford Area Committtee

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Area Chairman
Education and Training
Bishop’s & Dean’s Awards

Marie Price
Website:   Tel: 01727 751635
Marie has been running church choirs for over 35 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, for ten years directing two choirs at St Albans Cathedral — the Parish Junior Singers (known as the PJs) and the St Albans Cathedral Parish Singers — and now as Director of Music at St Nicholas Church, Harpenden. 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 was Senior Lead Teacher for Hertfordshire Music Service until 2019. She was for 12 years Music Subject Leader at the Abbey School, St Albans, and 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 bringing the schoolchildren 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.
Area Secretary
Nicholas Hopton
Nicholas lives and worships in Harlington. He is Head of English at Bedford School and a choral composer with numerous works published by United Music Publishing. Over the years, Nicholas has played the organ for church services and led amateur choirs in Fife, Lancashire, Suffolk and Gloucestershire. He currently conducts The Quintet Choir, a friendly group of singers drawn from several local congregations.
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.
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.
RK Publicity/IT
Rosemary Knight
Tel: 01727 766871
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. 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. Since July 2013 she has been organist and choir director at Holy Trinity, Leverstock Green in Hertfordshire. She is also a member of the RSCM Area Chamber Choir. She is webmaster and newsletter editor for the Enfield & District Organists’ Association.
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:  Tel: 01727 753705
Christopher is a freelance Organist, Accompanist, Conductor, Teacher and Consultant who has been involved with the RSCM in this Area for over 40 years. He is St Albans Cathedral’s Parish Organist and Director of the Parish Choir, and an Assistant Organist at St Nicholas’ Church, Harpenden. He has directed our local RSCM Area Chamber Choir since its institution 11 years ago.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. He had three finalists in the BBC Young Chorister of the Year Competition, with a winner in 1999 whom millions will have seen at the Millennium Dome at the turn of the century.

Throughout this time he has been on and off the local RSCM Area Committee, taking various roles such as Awards Officer, running courses, taking Area Choirs Festival rehearsals and directing two Festival Services. He was Area Chairman for 17 years and was presented with an RSCM Certificate of Special Service by RSCM Director, Hugh Morris, in September 2018.

His main job since leaving the Royal College of Music where he studied with Richard Popplewell and Herbert Howells was as a school teacher. He retired as Director of Music of Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in 2016 after 19 years service. Under his guidance the school gave frequent concerts at the Barbican Hall.

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”.

Derek Harrison
Tel: 07712 820325
Derek’s musical career began as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral. An Oxford organ scholarship (St Edmund Hall) and FRCO followed alongside membership of the Clerkes of Oxenford. Then he sang as counter-tenor soloist with the much-recorded St George’s Canzona while also establishing a career in commercial IT. His music career then focused more on conducting choirs (including establishing two chamber choirs and later conducting 800+ Hertfordshire singers in major works in the Royal Albert Hall on four occasions). Derek has been MD of Hertford CS for more than half of its 80-year life and with them enjoys a varied repertoire and unusual accompaniments (see for more). For a decade he was an ABRSM examiner. Amongst other roles, he is now a lay clerk in the St Albans cathedral choir, plays the organ for services in various churches and gives recitals occasionally. Derek is also President of the East Herts Church Choirs Association.
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. Becoming a full-time home manager and part-time worker locally, she started, and ran for 16 years, the junior choir at her former 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 her church choir in Ilford when girls were finally admitted. She started her career in singing as an alto at the age of 20 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 gave her the opportunity of singing repertoire she couldn’t sing locally, though, since moving, she now sings with the adult voluntary choir at Ely Cathedral.

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