Introducing new staff members...

Published: 02 October 2018

We are pleased to welcome some new members of staff.

Assistant Organist: Jason Lowe

Jason Lowe graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in 2009 and, after four years as organist at North Yorkshire’s Giggleswick School, and two as Assistant Organist of Durham Cathedral, returns to Manchester Cathedral as Assistant Organist, having spent his two post-university years here as the Sydney Nicholson Organ Scholar. Jason studied at the RNCM with Darius Battiwalla and Dr Simon Lindley. During his studies he was a finalist in the 2008 Organ Prize and took part in masterclasses given by Jeremy Filsell, Kevin Bowyer and Thomas Trotter. He gave a performance in the RNCM’s 2009 ‘Raising Sparks’ event of James MacMillan’s ‘Le tombeau de Georges Rouault’ which was met with great acclaim by the composer. He has a wide-ranging musical taste which includes music from all styles and periods, but is particularly interested in the music of the German Symphonic, North German Baroque, and French Classical schools. In his spare time he enjoys reading, 1960s cult Television, traditional West Country cider and the Will Hay Gainsborough Pictures films of the 1930s and ‘40s.


Worship and Music Administrator, Jon Moxham

For those of you that don’t already know me, my name is Jon Moxham and I currently hold the position of Senior Lay Clerk in the Choir, having sung there since 1993. Previous to my new position as Worship and Music Administrator, I have held the position of Centre, Delivery and Performance Manager at Access to Music- Manchester (2014-18), having previously spent 25 years within a large Further Educational College. In my spare time, I love gardening and quality time spent with family and friends, and I regularly attend the gym with the Sub Organist of the Cathedral. I also enjoy baking, eating out, going to the cinema and the theatre. I love to travel, especially to Tuscany and New York and thoroughly enjoy a night out with the Lay Clerks. I look forward to devoting myself whole heartedly to the Cathedral and its Mission and look forward to working more closely with former colleagues and neighbours in this full time position. I believe this to be a fantastic opportunity, being a part of a team of passionate, talented and caring individuals who share a commitment in sustaining a level of quality and excellent to Worship, Music and Education.


Senior Verger, Gareth Screeton

My name is Gareth Screeton and I am delighted to be back as part of the Vergers team here at the Cathedral. Previously, I had worked at the Cathedral for 10 years as Verger following a work placement from school. During this time, I completed my diploma with the Guild of Vergers. For the last 3 and a half years, I was working at Manchester Airport looking after assistance passengers, but am thrilled to return as Senior Verger after realising a calling to be back. I live in Westhoughton with my wife Kirsty and my 6 week old daughter Leah. In my spare time, I enjoy walking and discovering new places and am a keen supporter of Manchester United. I want to thank my colleagues for the warm welcome I have received since returning and look forward to the future working together to proclaim God’s message in the world.

 


Chorister Recruitment Officer, Philip O’Connor

Most of you would have seen me around the cathedral over the past six years while I have been a Lay Clerk in the choir. I am still carrying on with this position as well as being the Cathedral’s Chorister Recruitment Officer. I have been leading Children’s Choir since January and run the last BACFAD (Be A Chorister For A Day) which has led to six new choristers starting in September which is the most in a number of years. I grew up in between Derby and Nottingham but then spent most of my main school life at Wells Cathedral School in Somerset which was wonderful. After that I then spent my Gap Year at Hereford Cathedral where we sang 8 services a week! I then came up to Manchester to do my Undergraduate Degree at Manchester University reading Music. After graduating two years ago I have been a freelance musician doing various musical things, and I have now started my Masters of Music in Performance at the RNCM. I hope to expand the Children’s Choir so that we have lots of children from all backgrounds coming to sing on a Saturday morning from 10-11! This will then allow us to do a few small concerts to everyone to show what the children have been learning. I would also like to have the Cathedral Choir full with choristers as it is such a wonderful experience for them and will be with them for the rest of their lives.

 

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