St Bride's: Music - Lunchtime Recitals

Robert Jones – organ

Friday, 23 February at 1:15pm - FREE ADMITTANCE - Retiring Collection

Robert Jones – organ

J S Bach (transcribed by Alexandre Guilmant)

Sinfonia from Cantata 29

P Whitlock

Fantasie-Choral no. 2 in F sharp minor

C Franck

Choral no. 2 in B minor

R Wagner (transcribed by William J. Westbrook)

Overture from 'Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg'

Robert Jones was educated at Trinity School, Croydon, where he gained the FRCO diploma and ran his own parish choir while still at school - during this period he was also a Junior Exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music as a pianist, studying with John Barstow. In 1975 he became a Music Scholar at Christ Church, Oxford, where he sang in the Cathedral choir under Simon Preston, studying singing with David Johnston and organ with Nicholas Danby. Following graduation, he held posts as Lay Clerk at St. George's Chapel, Windsor and Westminster Cathedral before embarking on a career as one of Britain's leading consort singers, featuring on award-winning recordings with the Tallis Scholars, the Orlando Consort and the Gabrieli Consort.

He maintains a lifelong interest in piano and organ playing and choral directing, and has been Director of Music at the Wren church of St. Bride's, Fleet Street in the City of London since 1988. He also holds several teaching posts and has been an examiner for ABRSM since 2004, working in the Far East as well as in the UK.

He has been associated with many leading British choral societies and has been conductor of the Eastcote and Ruislip Choral Society since January 2009. He also conducted Thames Voyces during the 1980s and has recently taken over as conductor of Renaissance Voices, a chamber choir based in Maidenhead. He continues to live in Windsor and has four sons, who have all sung professionally.

Robert Jones is currently in his 30th year as Director of Music at St. Bride's. Although his main responsibility is to direct the professional choir, he has performed and recorded frequently on the organ and also given many recitals elsewhere, in venues ranging from St. Paul's and Westminster Cathedrals in London to Sydney Cathedral. The four-manual instrument at St. Bride's was built by John Compton in 1958 and is firmly in the Romantic tradition, although a new Positive division and a Vox Humana were added by Keith Bance in 2005.