St Bride's: News

A milestone in a remarkable musical career for Robert Jones

There is a strong and rich tradition of quality music in English cathedrals and churches throughout this country and St Bride's is no exception.

The Fleet Street Wren church is probably the busiest in London, with its world-renowned choir performing not only regularly on Sundays but at memorial services, concerts and special events week by week. What makes the choir of St Bride's an outstanding group of top-drawer, virtuosi singers? The answer must largely be due to the fact that the choir is conducted by a performer of the highest quality.

Robert Jones has just celebrated his 20th year as Director of Music. His gifted and remarkable skills in conducting, organ playing, singing and voice training place him in the Premiership of sacred and indeed secular music. "Being at St Bride's has been a constant fixed point for me in a very varied musical career and I hope it continues to be so for many years to come," says Robert.

"I'm sure that the time to give up is when one is totally satisfied with every aspect of the job, so I will be constantly striving to improve. There's never a chance to be bored with a programme which includes in a typical week music by Mahler, Bach, Coldplay, Langlais, Stanford and
Tallis!"

His cv would be the envy of many a musician. He was a Music Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, where he sang in the Cathedral choir under Simon Preston, studying singing with David Johnston and organ with the late Nicholas Danby.

He then held posts as Lay Clerk at St. George's Chapel, Windsor and Westminster Cathedral before embarking on a career as one of Britain's leading consort singers, featuring on award-winning recordings with the Tallis Scholars, the Orlando Consort and the Gabrieli Consort. He also holds a number of teaching posts and has been an examiner for the Associated Board since 2004.

Robert maintains a lifelong interest in piano and organ playing and choral directing, and one of the highlights of his career was being closely involved in the service attended by Her Majesty the Queen to mark the 50th anniversary of the church's post-war re-dedication nearly a year ago.

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