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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Directors of Music have included Nick Gale and Norman Harper, and previous Organists have included Nicholas O'Neill.
Director of Music & Director of the Southwark Singing Programme
Jonathan Schranz is a freelance conductor 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 at private functions with his funk band, The Handlers. In addition to his role at St George’s, he is Musical Director at the University of Greenwich, conducting the 90-strong student and staff chorus, and he also runs the Victoria Children’s Choir, the outreach choir of Westminster Cathedral. 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 Musical 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.
Lay Clerk & Assistant Director of the Southwark Singing Programme
Joe has been a Lay Clerk at St George’s since 2015, after completing his undergraduate degree at Goldsmiths College. Outside of the cathedral, Joe works as a primary music lead in Hackney and is currently complete his Masters in Musicology. As a vocal tutor, Joseph has worked across most of London, conducting large children’s choirs in venues including The Southbank Centre and The Royal Albert Hall.
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.
Ben started out as one quarter of the group G4, and now works as an operatic tenor at many of the leading opera houses and concert halls in the UK, and sometimes beyond. Ben’s passions include eyewateringly difficult contemporary music, gin, perfume collection and marathon hobbling.
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.