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Musical Director

Julian Thomas

Julian joined the North Downs Consort as Musical Director at the beginning of 2016, replacing our previous Musical Director, Sarah Latto.

He began his musical training as a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral and then as a music and academic scholar at Charterhouse, before going up to Cambridge as Organ Scholar at Jesus College. After graduating, he moved to Lincoln Cathedral as Second Assistant Organist, becoming a prize-winning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists in 2000.

For the next six years, Julian was the Assistant Organist & Director of the Girls' Choir at Norwich Cathedral, during which time he regularly appeared on both radio and television accompanying and conducting choirs. In addition to this, he also directed the Edington Music Festival, including overseeing the 50th festival and a number of significant choral commissions.

Since 2007, Julian has been Choirmaster at Tonbridge School, and he is also now Head of Academic Music. Alongside these roles, Julian is a published composer and maintains an active career as a freelance organist. He regularly deputises at a number of London churches, including the Chapel Royal and St Bride's Fleet Street, and also works with several adult choirs, such as Canticum and London Concert Choir. As a recitalist, he has performed recently at the Temple Church, London, Westminster Abbey, Gloucester, Southwark, Portsmouth and Westminster Cathedrals.

He is delighted to be working now with the North Downs Consort, and hopes to be able to share some of his enjoyment of music through this choir's singing too.  

Our previous musical director, Sarah Latto.

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