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 firstname.lastname@example.org
We will be announcing the new member of the team at St
Vocal Coach - Allison Taylor
joined the music staff of St Alphege, Solihull in May 2014. As Allison
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
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
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 currently exist for Choral Scholars/Lay Clerks. Visit our Vacancies page for more information.
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