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Choir people

President: James Bowman CBE

Vice-Presidents: John Baird, Lilias Gillies

Martin Everett (Conductor)

Martin began his musical studies as Organ Scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge.

He went on to the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied composition with John Gardner and conducting with Maurice Miles. At the same time he was an organ pupil of Guy Morançon in Paris, where his research into French organ music of the 19th and 20th centuries brought him into contact with Maître Jean Langlais, Mme Marie-Madeleine Duruflé and Mme Charles Tournemire (the composer's widow).

Later he took a Master’s degree in Music at the University of Surrey, and undertook research into the earliest versions of Handel’s Messiah and the songs of Philip Radcliffe.

As Musical Director of the Hammersmith Symphony Orchestra he gave the world première performance of Beethoven’s complete incidental music to Goethe’s Egmont in 1981. He spent several years as Lecturer in Music and Music Education at St. Mary’s College, Twickenham and at the University of Surrey, then became Director of Music at The Perse School for Girls in Cambridge. He now works as conductor, organist, harpsichordist, composer, examiner and writer.

Martin's connection with the South West London Choral Society goes back almost as far as he can remember, since his parents were both members of the choir in the late 1950s. He was invited by Charles Farncombe to become the choir's accompanist in 1969 and has worked with them continuously since then, as Conductor since 1983.

Martin is married to Harriet, who sings alto in the choir, and they divide their time between London and Cambridgeshire.

Richard Moore (Accompanist)

Richard read Music as Organ Scholar at St. John’s College, Oxford, where he was responsible for the college chapel's music programme, which included playing for a commercial recording, alongside chapel liturgies.

In September 2011 Richard took up a place at the Royal College of Music, studying Organ with David Graham, and in 2013 graduated from the MMus degree with distinction, attaining the Walford Davies Prize in organ performance. He continues his studies with David Graham, and with Bine Katrine Bryndorf.

Until August 2014, Richard held the William and Irene Miller Organ Scholarship at St Paul’s Cathedral, where, in addition to playing for services and training choristers, he played at a number of important occasions including the funeral of Baroness Thatcher. During his time at St Paul’s, a particular feature of Richard’s work was improvisation: a prelude and fugue which marked the passing of Nelson Mandela can be found on the Cathedral’s YouTube account.

After leaving St Paul’s, he spent a year as Acting Assistant Organist of St-Martin-in-the-Fields, where he accompanied the three principal choirs in a varied liturgical and concert programme, and on Radios 3 and 4. A highlight of his time at St. Martin’s was the service to commemorate the 70th anniversary of VJ Day, which took place in the presence of HM The Queen and other members of the royal family, and was broadcast on BBC television.

He currently pursues a varied freelance career, based in London, including concerts and recordings with Ellie Lovegrove as the trumpet and organ duo Illumina.