Organist & Director of Music
Marcus Wibberley is Organist & Director of Music here at St George’s, Beckenham. Since his arrival in August 2017, he has introduced new repertoire and new members to the choir, conducted the choir at a number of cathedrals and has conducted them with the St George's Chamber Orchestra (Beckenham's professional orchestra at St George's) and the Hammig String Quartet. In July 2018, he took the choir on tour to Estonia, its first foreign tour in a number of years, and in April 2019 will be going on tour to Rome. Before returning to Beckenham (he was ‘Organ Student’ here in the late 1990s), he was Director of Music & Organist of Hexham Abbey, where his responsibilities included training and directing the Abbey Choirs. In addition to the four weekly choral services at the Abbey, he appeared with them in concert both elsewhere in the UK and in Germany, Belgium and Estonia. Marcus was also Festival Director of the annual Hexham Abbey Festival of Music & Arts, for which he developed the scope of the programme and secured majority funding from the Arts Council of England. Marcus was a Chorister of Westminster Abbey under Martin Neary, and his organ teachers included Martin Baker and John Scott Whiteley. He studied at Dulwich College, where he was a Music Scholar, and the University of Hull, where he was University Organ Scholar, graduating with first class honours in Music. He held organ scholarships at Chichester Cathedral, Beverley Minster (while a student in Hull) and latterly York Minster before becoming Sub-Organist of Portsmouth Cathedral and the Diocesan Music Adviser of The Diocese of Portsmouth in 2005. Marcus is in demand as a recitalist, and has travelled extensively. Recent performances have been given in prominent venues in Japan, France, Belgium, Germany, Denmark and Estonia, as well as most of the major cathedrals and abbeys in the UK.
Alasdair started singing in the choir at St. George’s in February 1982. He studied the organ at St. Dunstan College in Catford, and was organ student at St. George’s from 1985 to 1987. He passed his ARCO exams in 1986. He was organ scholar of Downing College, Cambridge, from 1987 to 1990, where he read Music and History. While at Downing, he conducted the college choirs and orchestra, and sang in a number of university chamber choirs. Since graduating, Alasdair has been assistant organist at a number of London churches, before returning to St. George’s, where he now plays regularly. He has also accompanied various choral societies on tours to Italy, Austria, France and the Czech Republic. When not playing the organ, Alasdair works as a solicitor in London.
Vladimir was born and grew up in Klaipėda, Lithuania. After finishing music school and conservatory in his home city as a pianist, he went on to study the organ with Jarūnė Barkauskaitė at the Lithuanian Academy of Music and Theatre. During his studies, Vladimir performed extensively as an organist, pianist and chorister in churches and concert venues across Lithuania, as well as in Germany and the Netherlands. In 2016, he did an exchange semester at the Royal Conservatory in the Hague, Netherlands, studying the organ with Jos van der Kooy. Vladimir was awarded 1st place in the 6th J. Naujalis Organ Competition, and received a letter of commendation from the Mayor of Vilnius following his graduation recital in Vilnius Cathedral. After graduation, he did a 3-month internship at Mascioni organ-building company in Italy, participating in the restoration/extension works of organs at the Florence Cathedral, among others. Vladimir also used to be a chorister of the Vilnius Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Holy Spirit, and since September 2018 sings in the choir of Russian Orthodox Cathedral of the Dormition of the Mother of God and All Saints in London.
Director of the Junior Choir
Janey has been leading the Junior Choir at St. George's since May 2016. Janey has over fifteen years of experience teaching music and the whole curriculum in local primary schools. In 2013 Janey started running a primary schools music festival in the Westerham area and will be running a similar event in St George’s Church in June 2018. Janey has a long standing connection with the church, having joined the adult choir in 1990 and in July 2014 set up Maxwell Mini Music, a pre-school music group which meets in the church on Monday mornings during term-time.
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Organist for the Family Eucharist
Alan Saunders is organist for the monthly family service. He has a long association with St George’s, first arriving in 1988 to ring bells, when he met Kerry, another ringer, who became his wife. In 1991, Alan joined the choir and soon after started to play for the family service. Since then he has helped youngsters discover church music and has been a rock of support in encouraging them at the start of their musical journeys.
Alan’s first organist post was in Brackley, Northamptonshire, where he grew up. He moved to London to study building at South Bank University, and aside from organ playing he works in the construction industry. He now lives in Eynsford with his wife and two daughters, where he also plays for the monthly prayer book service at St Botolph’s, Lullingstone.