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Andrew Bryden at the console of the organ

Andrew Bryden

Director of Music

Andrew Bryden – Director of Music Andrew Bryden has been Organist and Director of Music of Ripon Cathedral since November 2003. Prior to this he was the Cathedral’s Assistant Organist and Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral Choir School from 1998. His work at Ripon has received much acclaim, most notably for his vision and implementation of a new choral foundation in 2012. Andrew studied music as an organ scholar at Aberdeen University, and specialised …

Tim Harper

Tim Harper

Assistant Director of Music

Tim Harper – Assistant Director of Music     Tim Harper has been Assistant Director of Music at Ripon Cathedral since September 2014.  He trained as organ scholar successively at St Barnabas Church, Dulwich, Clare College, Cambridge, Canterbury Cathedral and St Paul’s Cathedral; as a pupil of David Sanger, he gained the major prizes at ARCO and FRCO and was subsequently awarded the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. In 2010 he was appointed …

Alana Brook

Alana Brook

Alana Brook has been Organ Scholar at Ripon Cathedral since September 2017. Alana hails from Australia, where she began her organ studies in 2011 at St Peter’s Cathedral, Adelaide. She was Organ Scholar in Adelaide for four years, and during this time was involved in a tour to the UK and France. She was fortunate to play, conduct and sing services in cathedrals including York Minster, Westminster Abbey, Lincoln Cathedral and Notre Dame, Paris. Alana …

Aoife OConnell

Singing Development Leader

Aoife O’Connell is a soprano born in Ireland. She graduated from the Royal Welsh College of Drama with an MA in Opera Performance in 2014 and currently works as a singer, teacher and animateur. She has previously worked with companies such as Opera North, Theatre Royal Norwich, Glyndebourne Education, Iford Arts, Cork Opera House, Waterford Theatre Royal and Opra Cymru. Her work for Ripon Cathedral involves setting up a music outreach programme and forging links …

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