Director of Music
Timothy Byram-Wigfield was appointed Director of Music at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle in 2004. A chorister at King's College, Cambridge, he was Organ Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, and also studied the organ at the Royal College of Music. In 1991, he took up the post of Master of the Music at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral, Edinburgh. In 1999 he took up the new post of Director of Music at Jesus College, Cambridge, where he combined his choral activities in college with teaching and playing.
The Assistant Director of Music
Richard Pinel is the Assistant Director of Music and comes to St George's Chapel from Magdalen College, Oxford, where he was Assistant Organist, having previously been the Organ Scholar there.
The Organ Scholar (2012-2013)
Joseph Beech is the Organ Scholar at the College of St George for 2012/2013. Joe was previously Organ Scholar at St Wulfram’s Church, Grantham and was educated at King’s School, Grantham.
The lay-clerks, the adult singers in the Choir, have come to Windsor from a variety of different routes, not all of them immediately obvious. One was a car salesman, while many have followed the traditional route of Oxbridge choral scholar. They also lead varied lives away from their work in the Chapel. Some are on the staff of a College of Music whilst others teach at schools more locally or for the local Windsor Festival. When they leave Windsor, their lives are equally diverse. Many are making names for themselves in the music profession; Daniel Auchincloss, Matthew Beale, Robin Blaze, James Oxley, Brindley Sherratt and Mark Wilde among them. Two are now parish priests, some have moved into the legal profession, another is an accountant, and one is in a city firm of brokers. And of course many of the Lay Clerks are well-known freelance singers in their own right.
The Chapel Choir contains up to 30 choristers, a number which includes up to 6 'probationers' (usually boys in their first year in the choir). At present the choristers are boys aged between 7 and 13. They are educated at St George's School on generous scholarships awarded by the Dean and Canons. They assist in the singing of three services on Sundays and at evensong on four days of the week during term time. For more information about the life of a chorister or how to become one click here.
Those invited to join the bellringers at St George’s gather in the Curfew Tower on the major Christian festivals, feasts of title (St George, St Mary and St Edward the Confessor) and on Royal Birthdays to ring the 8 bells.
Click here to hear the bells ringing.