Director of Chapel Music
Thomas Allery is Director of Chapel Music at Worcester College, where he is responsible for the musical development of the Chapel choirs and organ scholars. He directs and trains the two Chapel choirs, of mixed and boys’ voices, for regular services, as well as for tours, recordings and concerts.
Thomas recently graduated with Distinction from the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music, where he studied organ with Margaret Phillips and harpsichord with Terence Charlston. A former organ scholar at the University of Oxford, Thomas was a student of Worcester College. Following his undergraduate studies, Thomas spent a year as the organ scholar of Canterbury Cathedral before pursuing study at the RCM, simultaneously holding the position of organ scholar at St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge. Before returning to Worcester College, Thomas spent two years as Assistant Organist and Tutor to the Choristers at Magdalen College, where he accompanied the Chapel choir and was responsible for teaching the choristers as part of their wider musical education at Magdalen College School. Here he developed a particular interest in the musical training of the probationer choristers. Thomas has studied the organ with Stephen Farr and William Whitehead and regularly gives solo recitals in high-profile London venues, including St Paul’s Cathedral, Southwark Cathedral, and in the Grosvenor Chapel as part of the London Handel Festival. Thomas is committed to bringing choral and organ music to new audiences, and has recently enjoyed co-ordinating musical education opportunities for local primary school children in Oxford.
In addition to his responsibilities at Worcester College, Thomas is Assistant Director of Music at St Marylebone Parish Church, London, where he accompanies the professional choir, and is Director of the church’s Youth Choir. He also holds a Junior Fellowship in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music this year, where he supports the work of the Historical Performance department, accompanying classes, recitals, and concerts. Thomas has a particular interest in the instrumental music of the seventeenth century Stylus Phantasticus, and is currently undertaking research of historical continuo treatises from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. As a continuo player, Thomas performs regularly with his own period ensemble, Ensemble Hesperi.