Director of Music | Richard Brain
Richard has been Director of Music at Christ Church Southgate since February 2013. During this time, he has led the choir to sing at some of the UK’s finest cathedrals and abbeys. Under Richard’s direction, the choir have expanded their repertoire to include liturgical works by the great Renaissance masters as well as perform an exciting series of Baroque and Classical oratorios. His responsibilities include directing and training the choir of adults and children for all sung services and concerts, as well as overseeing the administration of the music department.
Since September 2018, Richard has been Director of Chapel Music at The Peterborough School. As a freelance conductor, Richard is Musical Director of Barnet Choral Society, and Bishop’s Stortford Choral Society, with whom he performs a regular concert series throughout the year, and has conducted orchestras including the London Mozart Players, Amadeus Orchestra, Bishop’s Stortford Sinfonia, and Forest Philharmonic, as well as the Baroque ensemble Musica Donum Dei. Richard previously volunteered as the Deputy Chair for the RSCM London Area Committee, and still co-directs the annual RSCM London Area Young Voices Festival.
Notable works conducted include, Bach Mass in B Minor, Christmas Oratorio and St John Passion, Beethoven Mass in C and Fantasia in C for Piano, Chorus and Orchestra, Brahms Academic Festival Overture and Ein deutsches Requiem,Elgar The Music Makers, Handel Dixit Dominus and Messiah, Haydn Creation and The Seasons, Mendelssohn Elijah, Mozart Requiem and Mass in C minor, Vaughan Williams A Sea Symphony and Dona Nobis Pacem, Smyth Mass in D, and Walton Belshazzar’s Feast. Orchestral works conducted include Haydn Symphony No. 82 “The Bear,” Holst Two Songs without Words, and Vaughan Williams The Lark Ascending.
Richard studied Choral Conducting on the renowned MA Course at the Royal Academy of Music where he was awarded the Irene Burcher Prize in 2013. Previously, Richard was a Choral Scholar in Gloucester and then Exeter Cathedral Choirs, before singing as a Lay Clerk in St Albans Cathedral. As a singer in these choirs, Richard broadcast on BBC Radio 3, sang in the Three Choirs Festival, and recorded for the Naxos and Priory labels. You can find out more about Richard’s freelance portfolio by visiting, www.richardbrain.co.uk.
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Assistant Director of Music | David Hinitt
David has been Assistant Director of Music at Christ Church Southgate since May 2005, after reading for a degree in Music and Sound Recording from Surrey University (Tonmeister). He is in great demand as one of the country’s award winning leading independent recording engineers working with many recording companies including Hyperion, EMI and Sony. In his professional career David specialises in recording choral and organ music, and has worked with many of the UK’s leading choirs including Westminster Abbey, Westminster Cathedral, St Paul’s Cathedral, Polyphony, King’s College Cambridge, Trinity College Cambridge, and The King’s Singers.
At Christ Church, David is the choir’s primary accompanist for both services and concerts, playing a wide range of sacred repertoire from the past 500 years, including Bach B Minor Mass, Duruflé Requiem, Handel Messiah, Haydn Creation, and Langlais Messe Solennelle. David also accompanies the choir for their regular cathedral visits around the country and has played the organ at many of the country’s finest cathedrals including Ely, Gloucester and St Paul’s, as well as York Minister and St George’s Chapel Windsor. Previous solo organ performances have included Silent Film improvisation for the Phantom of the Opera (1925), the Russian Soviet historical film The Battleship Potemkin (1925), and the German expressionist science-fiction drama Metropolis (1927). David was awarded his ARCO in March 2016.
Associate Organist | Kate Macpherson
Kate is the Associate Organist at Christ Church Southgate, where she assists with music-making within the music department. She is an established professional organist, accompanist, and continuo player, and she works in a freelance capacity for churches, choral societies and chamber choirs in the London, Essex and Hertfordshire areas. Previously Kate has held positions as Assistant Organist of Waltham Abbey, Assistant Organist of Crediton Parish Church (The Collegiate Church of the Holy Cross, Crediton, Devon), Organ Scholar of Portsmouth Cathedral and The Portsmouth Grammar School, and Organ Scholar of the University of Exeter. Kate is taught by Margaret Phillips, Professor of Organ at the Royal College of Music.
Kate is in demand as a continuo player, having performed with modern and period chamber ensembles including the London Mozart Players, London Handel Players and Musica Donum Dei. She has also worked as an organist and pianist with orchestras for concert performances, including Walton Belshazzar’s Feast with the Amadeus Orchestra. She is also an experienced recitalist, having performed organ recitals in numerous cathedrals and churches, including Gloucester Cathedral and St Alban’s Cathedral and Abbey Church.
Outside of music, Kate has a full time career in human rights law. She works as a Solicitor in the Public Law and Immigration departments at Duncan Lewis Solicitors. She represents refugees, asylum seekers and victims of trafficking in judicial review claims against public authorities. Prior to Duncan Lewis, Kate had an established career in the NGO and voluntary sector, interning for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UN Refugee Agency), Rights and Humanity NGO and Coram Children’s Legal Centre. Kate studied at the University of Exeter where she completed her undergraduate Law degree and Masters’ degree in International Human Rights Law.