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The Music Team

Robert Lewis BA – Director of Music  

07973 852189  director@stthomaschoir.co.uk

Robert Lewis is a conductor, performer and educator, who was appointed Director of Music at St. Thomas-on-The Bourne in September 2011. Since then, the choirs have released a CD, “On Christmas Night”, worked with professional orchestras and solo artists in concert, and recently recorded the soundtrack for the Channel 4 drama “New Worlds”.

Born in Cardiff, Robert began his musical training as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral, and later won a Choral Scholarship to New College, Oxford, where he read Music. He co-founded the chamber choir “Excelsis” in 2007, and has been its Director of Music ever since. He specialises in developing choirs and voices of all ages. He has conducted regularly for concerts, radio and television broadcasts, and has worked with such artists as Sir Charles Mackerras, David Hill, Karl Jenkins, the Marylebone Camerata and James Bowman. In October 2014 he conducted the world premiere of a new work by Karl Jenkins OBE. Robert is Director of Music of Grayshott Concerts and spent seven years as Head of Music at St. Edmund’s in Hindhead. He also composes (his musical ‘Troy’ was premiered in 2010), and performs with his Jazz trio, ‘Ain’t Misbehavin’.

Julian Cooper BSc PhD FRCO - Organist and Assistant Director of Music 

07776 444440  julian_cooper75@yahoo.co.uk

Julian Cooper was born in Aldershot and commenced his musical studies with the late Mrs Barbara Holderness of Fleet. He was educated the Royal Grammar School, Guildford, where he was a Music Scholar. Julian subsequently studied Chemistry at Durham where he was awarded a BSc and PhD. Whilst at Durham he was Organ Scholar at the College of St Hild and St Bede, as well as Organist at St John’s Church, Neville's Cross, Durham. He studied the organ with Keith Wright, the assistant organist at the cathedral.

Julian won six prizes in the Associate of the Royal College of Organists diploma including the prestigious Limpus prize, and subsequently won the Harding and Durrant prizes in the Fellowship examination. After leaving Durham, he continued his organ studies with Anne Page in Cambridge. Although Julian’s day job is in the pharmaceutical industry, he was Assistant Organist at St Neots Parish Church in Cambridgeshire before moving to Farnham in January 2007. Whilst at St Neots he accompanied the choir on their many cathedral visits, including a tour to Helsinki.

Julian has given recitals at the cathedrals of Durham, Dunblane and St Giles (Edinburgh), as well as in various parish churches. He has given recitals in the cathedrals of Lviv and Kyiv in Ukraine, and has attended study courses on historical organs in the Netherlands, Germany, Latvia, Italy and Spain.  He has also played organ and continuo for the Guildford Oriana Orchestra, Brockham Choral Society, Surrey Festival Chorus, Thames Voyces, Vox and Ex Andreas Singers.

Julian has also produced a CD of the Forster and Andrews organ at All Saints Parish Church, Fleet.  He owns two harpsichords, a virginal and an 1830s Broadwood square piano.

Andrew Harrap – Organ Scholar

Having gained his LRSM diploma in music performance in 2014, Andrew Harrap continues to study the piano with Janet Newman at the RGS Guildford. He enjoys combining his piano studies with playing the organ in services at St Thomas’ and St Martin’s churches under the direction of Robert Lewis and Julian Cooper. Since graduating from Royal Holloway in July 2015, he has continued to pursue his academic studies by working towards an MA in English literature, focusing on Shakespeare. 

 

 

 

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