Alistair’s passion is making music and enabling people of all abilities to make music. As a teenager, he led music ensembles and was rewarded by a scholarship to study conducting to learn how to do it properly!
He has Bachelors and Masters degrees in music, specialising in conducting and in 16th-century Scottish music. Alistair is a co-author of the RSCM’s Voice for Life programme, helping singers of all ages to use their voice well and enjoy their love of learning.
For ten years, Alistair was Director of Music and Master of the Choristers at Arundel Cathedral, where he started the flourishing junior choir, and Organist at Worth Abbey (home of “The Monastery” as shown on BBC television). He has produced and directed many CD recordings, including the choirs of Dunblane, Ely and Winchester Cathedrals. Television appearances include live broadcasts from Arundel and Southwark RC Cathedrals and Songs of Praise with the University Choir in 2020.
In 2015, Alistair was awarded an ARSCM for services of national significance for music and liturgy in England and Scotland. In 2018, he gained his CRCO diploma, winning two prizes for the highest scoring written paper and highest aggregate score. Further organ study is supported by Scotland’s Churches Trust.
Alistair succeeded David King as conductor of the University Choir in May 2009.