Assistant DoM/Organists

John Norris BA FGMS PGCE - Organist

John Norris

John has recently rejoined us as Organist after a gap of some 20 years, during which he was based in other parts of the country and played for a number of churches. The most recent of these was St Wulfram's Grantham.

He returned to this area in the summer of 2015 and he now plays for our main services.

He is available as a freelance organist at other times. You can read more about this on his website.

Michael Stephens-Jones - 'Soundbites' Organ Scholar

Michael in All Saints Summer 2015

Exciting News

Michael has been elected Organ Scholar of Selwyn College, Cambridge commencing Autumn 2018. He will spend his 'gap-year' as Organ Scholar to the Dean Close Foundation. There he will work with musicians throughout the school, the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum of Dean Close Preparatory School and the musicians of Tewkesbury Abbey. He also won first prize in the the December 2016 London Organ Competition organised by the Organ Club and the Northern Ireland International Organ Competition. Congratulations Michael!

We are now looking for a new scholar to commence September 2017 or earlier as described on our scholarships webpage.

About Michael

Michael Stephens-Jones is 18 and joined the choir of All Saints in 2006 as a probationer. A former Head Chorister, holding the RSCM Yellow award, he now sings tenor gaining distinction at Grade VIII at Christmas 2015. He is in year 13 at St Edmund's College, Ware, where he is an Academic and Music scholar. He studies singing with Christopher Royall (of The Sixteen), and has sung numerous solos including at the Madeleine, Paris. He also sings with the College's Schola Cantorum, and plays viola in the College Orchestra and Senior String Group.

Michael began piano lessons with Professor Mark Fielding in November 2009, gaining a Distinction at Grade VIII in 2013. He has performed solos in numerous recitals & a Haydn Concerto with the College orchestra. He enjoys accompanying singers, instrumentalists, the College Schola & is pianist for the jazz band. He recently played keyboards for the College's productions of "Half a Sixpence", and "Singin' in the Rain" for 3 nights each at Broxbourne Civic Hall.

He started organ lessons with Martin Penny in May 2011, gaining a Distinction at Grade VI in 2014 and again at Grade VIII in 2015. He is working towards ARCO. He attended the Oundle of Organists summer course in 2014 and 2015, the RCO's 'Organ Scholar Experience' and the RSCM Summer School in Bath (Senior Organ Scholar) in 2016 and has participated in classes under renowned organists such as Dame Gillian Weir, Frédéric Blanc, and Stephen Farr. He now regularly accompanies and directs the choir as well as playing voluntaries before and after services.

Brian Bromley ARCO - Organist Emeritus

Brian at the console

Brian Bromley has been associated with All Saints' for over 60 years, originally joining the choir as a probationer at the age of 7. He is a busy teacher of Piano, Voice, Organ, Maths and English as well as a popular recitalist.

He trained with W.J. Comley, who served the church as organist for 50 years, and then with Harry Gabb (St Paul's Cathedral) and Martindale Sidwell (Trinity College). Having gained his Associateship of the Royal College of Organists, Brian succeeded Comley as Organist of All Saints' in 1966.

By then he had served as organist of several churches, including St Gabriel's Cricklewood, where he played the post-war neo-classical Walker organ. He was fortunate to also gain many insights into baroque performance practice from Joseph Henriksen. These influences came to fruition in an imaginative and sympathetic restoration and enhancement of the organ of All Saints in 1971.

As Director of Music, Brian strove to achieve a balance between the authentic performance of early music, much of which he introduced to the choir, and the enjoyment of music. He resigned in 1975, feeling that after ten years further improvement would only come from an injection of fresh ideas. He served a further term from 1978-1981. He has remained an active member of the choir and frequently gives recitals here and elsewhere.

Brian stepped down from singing and playing regularly in December 2009 and was awarded the title Organist Emeritus to mark his 60 years of service to All Saints. He continues to play for us from time to time.

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