Victor has always been drawn towards the all embracing sound of the organ and choral music, often to the exclusion of anything else he should have been doing at the time and regardless of whether the building from which the majestic sound emanated was officially open to the public or not. This resulted in unlikely opportunities to 'have a go' on organs in places like Canterbury Cathedral, St Paul's Cathedral, London, and St Margaret's, Kings Lynn! Having begun piano lessons at the age of six he demanded that he start the organ with Philip Tomblings at Merchant Taylor's School with whom he was due to continue the piano as soon as he arrived there! He was also encouraged to sing in the choirs. At the age of fifteen he was appointed Assistant Organist at Amersham Parish Church, venturing into the world of choir training. He played at various Buckinghamshire churches before moving to Surrey where he was appointed Director of Music at St John the Baptist, West Byfleet. Later appointments included St Martin's, Dorking, the home church of the late Ralph Vaughan Williams, Holy Trinity, Cuckfield and St Michael and All Angels, Brighton.
Victor is a Senior Fellow of the North and Midlands School of Music (FNMSM), has a Certificate in Sacred Music Studies from the Royal School of Church Music (Cert RSCM), a Fellow of the Academy of St Cecilia (FASC) and a Licentiate of the Guild of Musicians and Singers (LGMS). He is a member of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, a Consultant to the Sussex Area Committee of the Royal School of Church Music and a member of the Brighton and District Organists Association.
He is Organist and Director of Music of Eastbourne Parish Church, St Mary the Virgin - Old Town, www.stmaryseastbourne.com , the ancient Parish and Civic Church of Eastbourne which supports a full choral tradition. The voluntary choir presently numbers around thirty members, and there is a full music team, as a member of which his wife, Sarah, is Junior Choir Leader.
Eastbourne Parish Church - St Mary the Virgin
Victor has given organ recitals at The Meeting House, University of Sussex, at various churches in the Brighton Festival Fringe, at St Mary's Eastbourne and nationally. His composition 'Thi Son Naylid' was performed at Eastbourne Festival and his arrangement of 'Holy babe, sleeping there' at the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. He has recently completed 'A Wedding Prayer' which has proved very popular with brides to be and transcribed and arranged the relevant parts of Schubert's Deutsche Messe for four part choir and organ for use with Common Worship.
He has undertaken research into the development of early Roman Oratorio at the University of Sussex and has a particular interest both in the performance practice of Italian Renaissance music and the Counter-Reformation forces which influenced its development and spread throughout Europe. He directs the early music chamber choir, LuxAeterna, www.luxaeterna.org.uk
Victor is a founder Director of the annual Eastbourne Festival, an open access arts festival which is now in its eighth year. www.eastbournefestival.co.uk.
He is an experienced choral workshop leader using both sacred and secular, classical and popular repertoire. Whilst he tends to steer away from the more atonal he believes that repertoire should move forward with culture and that, where not expressly targetted, programme planning should embrace works by living or contemporary composers. He shies away from musical pomposity and snobbery, believing that music is an art which should be stripped of mystery and made accessible in all its genres to the community as a whole.His daytime community choir, Seaside Harmonies meets on Friday mornings at The Age Concern Venton Centre, Eastbourne.
Victor is available as a freelance organ recitalist, choral conductor and workshop leader.
Contact Victor by email at email@example.com
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