Assistant Director of Music


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Thomas Allery recently graduated with Distinction from the Masters programme at the Royal College of Music, where he studied the harpsichord with Terence Charlston, and the organ with Margaret Phillips.

Having originally trained as an organist and choral conductor at Oxford University, Thomas developed an interest in historical keyboard instruments through the Historical Performance department of the RCM

Following his undergraduate studies, Thomas spent a year as the organ scholar of Canterbury Cathedral before moving to study at the RCM, simultaneously holding the position of Organ Scholar of St Paul’s Church Knightsbridge.

Thomas has previously studied the organ with Stephen Farr and William Whitehead and has recently given 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 2013.

As a continuo player, Thomas has performed regularly with various ensembles, including the RCM Baroque choir and orchestra, and enjoys working with his newly-formed period ensemble, Ensemble Hesperi.

Thomas has a particular interest in the music of the seventeenth century Stylus Phantasticus style, and has recently undertaken research into historical continuo treatises from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, which he hopes to continue in the coming academic year.

Thomas currently enjoys a varied career, combining the positions of Director of Music at Worcester College, Oxford, and Assistant Director of Music, St Marylebone Parish Church (since September 2014), with freelance continuo playing and conducting. Thomas is the Musical Director of the St Marylebone Junior Choir.

Thomas holds the Junior Fellowship in Harpsichord/Continuo at the Royal College of Music for 2014-15 and will work with the Historical Performance department for one day a week.