Tom Coxhead is the current Organ Scholar here at Ripon Cathedral, having held the post since September 2015. His duties include regularly accompanying the Cathedral Choir and assisting in the running of the music department. Tom was born and educated …

Tom Coxhead is the current Organ Scholar here at Ripon Cathedral, having held the post since September 2015. His duties include regularly accompanying the Cathedral Choir and assisting in the running of the music department.

Tom was born and educated in Chester, where he was Head Chorister in the Cathedral Choir. He began learning the organ with Ian Roberts before taking up studies with Roger Fisher. During his teenage years he was Assistant Organist at both Great Budworth Parish Church and the church of St John the Baptist, Chester (the city’s original cathedral). He was a Music Scholar at Abbey Gate College, Chester where he also set up his chamber choir, The Octavo Consort, in 2010. The Consort still maintains an active schedule of cathedral visits and concerts under Tom’s direction.

In 2012, Tom was awarded the Organ Scholarship at Hatfield College, Durham in his first year, serving as Director of Music thereafter. In this role, Tom conducted the Chapel Choir for weekly services, frequent tours and visits, and began the now annual organ recital series. He also held posts at St George’s Church, Cullercoats (with its famous T. C. Lewis organ), Durham Castle and St James the Great, Darlington. He has regularly conducted and accompanied many Durham choirs in venues including York Minster, Durham, Hereford and St Paul’s cathedrals and Christ Church, Oxford; he also performed with Durham University’s Hill and Symphony Orchestras.

In addition to his work at the Cathedral, Tom is also undertaking a part-time research MA at Durham University under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Dibble, preparing a critical analysis of Kenneth Leighton’s choral music. In any remaining free time, Tom enjoys sampling the produce of the county’s many fine breweries.