Ben Lamb (Musical Director)
Ben Lamb is Director of Music at Lichfield Cathedral. His love of choral music was kindled as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral, and has been a key part of his life ever since. He has held organ scholarships at Truro and Salisbury Cathedrals and spent some years in the classroom, latterly as Head of Music at La Retraite Swan School (now Leehurst Swan School) in Salisbury. While teaching, he founded Sarum Voices, a semi-professional choir which he still runs today, and with whom he has recorded several albums. Prior to his move to the Midlands, he was Organist and Master of the Choristers at St Peter’s Bournemouth, and sang as a regular deputy lay vicar with various Cathedral choirs.
When his wife, Cathy, was appointed Assistant Organist here, he took up the post of Director of Music Outreach at St Peter’s Collegiate Church, Wolverhampton, combining this with singing work at Birmingham Cathedral until an Alto vacancy came up in Lichfield Cathedral Choir. During the two years he held this post, he was also appointed Singing Teacher at Wrekin College, and took on the directorships of the Beaumaris Singers and (very briefly) the Midlands Chorale.
Alex Woodrow (Accompanist)
Alexander Woodrow pursues a freelance career as a recitalist, accompanist, choral director and teacher. He moved to the West Midlands in 2016 and spent two years as the Head of Choral Music at Solihull School, where he was responsible primarily for the thriving chapel choirs. For almost five years, he was Organist and Director of Music at Bradford Cathedral, serving as the youngest Cathedral Organist in the country. During his tenure at Bradford, the treble lines of the Cathedral Choir were divided into separate boys’ and girls’ ensembles, a programme of chorister tuition and development was introduced, a choral scholarship scheme was initiated, and an organ restoration project was launched. After decades of abeyance, the Choir began to broadcast again on national BBC radio and television, and to tour regularly. Alex was also responsible for the choral ensembles at Bradford Grammar School between 2012 and 2016.
He read music as Organ Scholar at Magdalene College, Cambridge, studying with Anne Page. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists at the age of 19, winning first prizes in all categories, including the Limpus Prize. He is also a Fellow of Trinity College London and a recipient of the Silver Medal of the Worshipful Company of Musicians. Solo organ recitals have taken Alexander to many of the major churches and Cathedrals of the UK, including York Minster, King’s College, Cambridge, and Westminster Abbey.
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