Director of Music - Joe Cooper

Joe Cooper was a chorister at St Peter's Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton where he was Head Chorister and Organ Scholar.  Joe attended the Birmingham Conservatoire under tutors Henry Fairs and Paul Spicer.  Before his appointment here he ran the music department at St Bartholomew's in Penn for five years where he built up a successful choir culminating in tours and the production of CDs.  Now at St Alphege he is determined to give the choirs national acclaim and make the church the centre of music in the town.  Emphasis is placed on links with schools and music societies, but of course the most important part of the job is the day-to-day running of the choirs resulting in the exploration of great repertoire and high standards for all choristers involved.  Joe conducts the City of Wolverhampton Choir and Orchestra who have strong links with the Civic Hall in Wolverhampton.  Last year they performed 'A Sea Symphony' – Vaughan Williams and 'St John Passion' – J.S. Bach.  In his capacity as a conductor or an accompanist for various groups such as Birmingham Festival Choral Society, Wolverhampton Symphony Orchestra and Youth Orchestra Joe has toured across Europe and even conducted performances of his compositions.  Joe has been at St Alphege since October 2012 and welcomes any interest in the choirs and the music department.  To contact him use 07935 962677 or joe@solihullparish.org.uk

Organist

We will be announcing the new member of the team at St Alphege shortly. 

Vocal Coach - Allison Taylor

Allison Taylor joined the music staff of St Alphege, Solihull in May 2014.  As Allison is a professional singing teacher all of the choristers are enjoying individual attention, seeing their training from another point of view.  She is also helping some of the younger choristers with music theory. 

Allison is a teacher at St Alphege Infant School and we are very pleased that the link between church and school can be cemented even more strongly.  Allison will be a familiar face to some of our children as they sing in the very successful 'SongSquad', St Alphege Junior School's choir. 

Sub-Organist - Joshua Xerri

Joshua is a Welsh musician, living in Birmingham. He began his musical education as a boy chorister at Llandaff Cathedral, and was educated at the Cathedral School, before being awarded a scholarship to study the organ and singing at the prestigious specialist music school, Wells Cathedral School. During his time at Wells, Josh directed and accompanied numerous school musical groups, including those involved with both regular services and concerts in Wells Cathedral. Following his time at Wells, Josh was appointed Organ Scholar of Chelmsford Cathedral, where he worked accompanying and directing weekly choral services and helping to train the professional cathedral choirs. In September 2014, Josh moved to Birmingham to continue his organ studies with Daniel Moult and Henry Fairs, having been awarded a scholarship to Birmingham Conservatoire. He is the Organist and Director of Music at Wombourne Parish Church, as well as his role as Sub-Organist at St. Alphege, Solihull.

Josh is also an active singer, having sung with the Cathedral Choirs in Birmingham and Worcester as a Deputy Lay Clerk. He recently appeared as a counter-tenor soloist in Birmingham Conservatoire’s Chamber Choir’s concert showcasing the works of Henry Purcell, in which Josh’s modern edition of a 17th century manuscript was used for the performance. Working as a composer and arranger, he receives regular commissions, and has had his works performed at Birmingham, Chelmsford, Wells, and Llandaff Cathedrals.

Vacancies

Vacancies currently exist for Choral Scholars/Lay Clerks.  Visit our Vacancies page for more information. 
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