The Cathedral Music Department is lead by the Director of Music, with an Organist & Assistant Director of Music, a team of nine professional Lay Clerks.
Visiting choirs are welcomed to the Cathedral when the Cathedral Choirs are on holiday and any enquiries should be sent to email@example.com
Previous Directors of Music have included Nick Gale and Norman Harper, and previous Organists have included Nicholas O'Neill.
Diocesan Director of Music
Jonathan Schranz is a conductor and tenor based in London. He studied for an MMus and LRAM in Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded a Distinction along with numerous prizes, and holds a first class music degree from the University of Cambridge.
Jonathan enjoys a diverse career ranging from leading choral workshops in high security prisons to performing in churches across London as a professional tenor. Jonathan is the principal conductor for all choirs at St George’s Cathedral, including the Choristers, Consort, Junior Choir and Lay Clerks.
In addition to his role at St George’s, he is conductor of the Purcell Singers, an award-winning London chamber choir, and for three years was Musical Director at the University of Greenwich. He works as a Section Leader and Assistant Conductor for the National Youth Choirs of Great Britain and is founder-director of a number of his own groups including The Fisher Consort and Graduale. Jonathan has led choral workshops for the Royal School of Church Music, South West Camerata and Libricini, and is in demand as a guest conductor.
A firm believer in the transformative social impact of choral music, Jonathan is Head of Development for the charity Sing Inside which delivers singing workshops in prisons across the country. His Master’s thesis, exploring the benefits of choral music within a prison chaplaincy, has been presented at the Universities of Leicester and Oxford.
Organist & Assistant Director of Music
Frederick Stocken was a chorister of Southwell Minster and Organ Scholar of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge where he studied with Peter Hurford. He won five prizes at ARCO and three at FRCO and has given recitals in venues around the UK and beyond. His PhD in nineteenth-century harmonic theory is from the University of Manchester.
As a composer Frederick has been widely commissioned, and his works include two symphonies, the first for the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; a ballet, Alice, for the State Theatre in Giessen, Germany; a Violin Concerto; and an orchestral mass, Missa Pacis, for the Brompton Oratory. His Chichester Service was commissioned for the 2019 Southern Cathedrals Festival and broadcast on BBC Radio 3. His organ music includes Archangels and Faith Love Hope. Publishers include OUP and Banks Music.
Frederick has also written various tutors and is co-author of the New Oxford Organ Method. He teaches at the Royal Academy of Music, Junior Academy and for the Royal College of Organists.
Senior Lay Clerk
Sebastian has been a Lay Clerk at St George’s Cathedral since 2004 and is currently the longest serving member of the Music Department. He graduated from a Music Degree at Royal Holloway, where he held a Choral Scholarship in the Chapel Choir, and now has a career in film and television production, as well as being founder and manager of London chamber choir Colla Voce Singers.
Lucy read Music at Durham University, and held choral scholarships at St John’s college and the college of St Hild & St Bede. Following this she completed a Masters degree at the University of York in historical vocal performance, and a Masters in Music Therapy at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Lucy now works as a Music Therapist for the NHS, specialising in mental health care of older people, alongside her position as Alto Lay Clerk at St George’s Cathedral.
Jacob is one of our Alto lay clerks and has held choral scholarships at St David’s Cathedral and King’s College London. When not singing, he works as a Production Co-Ordinator at St John’s Smith Square.
Chris joined the Lay Clerks in 2021, having previously sung with the choirs of Christ Church Cathedral and Croydon Minster. During the week, he teaches music and directs the chapel choir at a prep school and is currently working towards a masters at King’s College London focusing on sound and sectarianism.
Robert is from London and has been in the choir since January 2022. He is currently in 4th year at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, studying singing. He was previously a Choral Scholar at Southwark Anglican Cathedral.
Albie is the first Howard Clarke Scholar at the LSE, studying Sociology. Alongside his studies, he sings professionally and tutors privately across London. Albie previously sang at St Alban the Martyr Holborn, St Silas Kentish Town, Eton College, and Westminster Cathedral. He is also Director of Music at the LSE Catholic Society.
Sebastian was a choral scholar at Exeter Cathedral while a politics undergraduate. He then read political philosophy at York University before becoming a lay vicar at Truro Cathedral. He has since combined a financial career in infrastructure development with singing in London and surrounding areas. He studies with Gary Coward.
Sam Poppleton sings at St George's as part of a multi-faceted musical life. He leads the City Lit Inclusive Choir for adults with special educational needs, facilitating their recent collaboration with London Sinfonietta, is a 2021/22 Voces 8 scholar, and spent last summer conducting the premier of Marco Galvani's AI-inspired opera Helena. When not making music Sam is often heard talking about it, most coherently whilst on The Classical Music Pod.
Dorothy read Music at the University of Cambridge where she was a Choral Scholar at Jesus College. She now combines singing with a career in arts programme management. Passionate about improving access to music education, Dorothy enjoys working with young musicians in her role as Projects & Relationships Manager at the London Music Fund. She also works as a Freelance Project Manager for Create, running creative arts workshops with vulnerable groups in community settings.
Maisie studied Music at Christ's College Cambridge, completing her MPhil exploring British female rap in 2018 before beginning her career in London as a soprano and charity professional. Alongside her work at St George's, Maisie is a freelance soprano singing with ensembles including the BBC Singers, London Choral Sinfonia and St Martin's Voices. She is also chief executive of Sing Inside, a charity she co-founded delivering singing workshops in prisons, and works as a policy and influencing professional for charities, working on policy and campaigns across democracy, civil rights, domestic abuse, stalking and criminal justice.
Choral Scholar Adelina studies French & Spanish at university and has been a member of the Cathedral Consort for many years. She sings soprano and was part of the Chineke! Foundation BBC Proms performance in 2022.
Choral Scholar Gabriel joined the Cathedral Choir as a treble under the late Nick Gale and later returned as a tenor in the Cathedral Consort. He holds a first class honours degree in Fine Arts and sings in the National Youth Choir.
Southwark Schools Singing Programme
Greg works in a range of fields across theatre, voiceover, opera, a cappella groups and choirs as both a performer and director around the UK and internationally. He is thrilled to be joining National Schools Singing Programme as one of its choral directors.
For nine years, Greg sang bass with the vocal ensemble Apollo5 with which he performed hundreds of concerts, recorded critically acclaimed albums, and led education projects around the UK and abroad. He has also arranged many pieces for the group, and for its partner ensemble, VOCES8, which have been performed in concerts and workshops across the UK as well as around Europe, USA and Asia. He continues to work with the VOCES8 Foundation in a freelance capacity alongside work with other organisations as a performer, educator and director including Disney Theatrical Group, BBC, Tenebrae, Rock Choir, Voices Foundation, and Merryweather Theatre, a London-based arts collective with which he writes, develops and performs folk musicals for children at schools, theatres and arts festivals around the UK.
Prior to this, Greg studied at The University of Nottingham, McGill University in Montréal, and the Royal Northern College of Music, and trained with the National Youth Music Theatre, and National Youth Choir with which he has worked on the music staff as an Assistant Conductor and as a Section Coach for the past decade.
Charlie is a Choral Leader and singer from London. Since graduating from the University of Manchester with First Class honours he has worked in the North West across a wide variety of musical projects before moving back to his hometown in 2023. Most notably as Director of Music at the Manchester Oratory, Musical Director of Stafford Choral Society and Assistant Conductor of Stockport Youth Orchestra. He also frequently delivers workshops for adults and children on behalf of groups including The Hallé and Manchester Collective, most recently preparing the children’s chorus for the latter’s production of Noah’s Flood at the Manchester International Festival. As a singer, Charlie is a member of Kantos which has involved studio recordings and radio broadcasts. From 2023-24, he is the Conducting Scholar on the prestigious Genesis Sixteen Young Artist Scheme.