There are two organ scholars who assist the Director of Music in the running of the choir by accompanying, conducting and taking rehearsals over the course of the year. For more information on the position of Organ Scholar, please head over to our page here.
Organ Scholar – Felix Elliott
Felix went to Surbiton Prep School as a child, where he started piano lessons in Year 3 because he wanted to be like his older sister. He moved to Hampton School for Year 7 and a few years later started organ lessons and began taking part in more ensemble music making. He really enjoys composing his own music and is inspired by musicians who defy categorisation, for example Laura Mvula.
He is immensely grateful to his piano teacher Margaret Turner, who has regularly inspired him and nurtured his love for music for over 10 years – without her insights and encouragement right from the earliest stages, music would never have become such an integral part of his life.
Since Felix started learning organ, Simon Hancock and Simon Harvey, directors of music at two of his local churches, have kindly offered him invaluable experiences in improving both his liturgical accompaniment and solo performing on the organ, for which he also owes huge gratitude.
Felix also plays cello in orchestras for enjoyment, and likes to spend spare time reading and writing. He is currently on a gap year, where he hopes to develop and improve his composition skills amongst other things. He is looking forward to taking up a deferred offer to read music with an organ scholarship at Girton College, Cambridge, in Autumn 2020.
Organ Scholar – Alexander Trowell
Alexander was a chorister at Southwark Cathedral. After his voice broke, he continued singing and took up the organ under Stephen Disley. In 2017, he was appointed organ scholar at All Saints, West Dulwich, a position which he held through the sixth form. In June 2018 Alexander gave a recital there playing music from the French Baroque and Romantic periods.
For several years Alexander has organised and directed his vocal ensemble, “Musica Cantata”. It specialises in early and contemporary music and has sung services at a number of churches across London. From 2016 to 2019 Alexander has attended Junior Guildhall as a first study composer (as well as singer) studying with Paul Whitmarsh and Jeffery Wilson.