Professional Musicians

The St John Singers Musical Director is Steve Abbott who joined us in October 2017.  Stephen Abbott began his musical training as a chorister in Salisbury Cathedral, under the inspirational direction of Richard Seal and Richard Shephard at cathedral and school respectively.  Following sixth form at Bishop Wordsworth’s School, reading Music at London University and a teaching post in Northamptonshire, he returned to BWS, where he taught Music, directed the choir, and had responsibility for Lower School pastoral care, for over three decades. He has been a counter-tenor Lay Vicar at the cathedral since 1985, and now combines daily singing duties in the cathedral with pastoral work at Harnham Junior School, looking after several Salisbury gardens, and singing with Sarum Six.

Our accompanist is David Coram, a talented organist, organ builder and all round musician who has been with us for 11 years. He has accompanied many international soloists and played all over the World. His 2010 recording of Peter and the Wolf, with David Owen Norris, has been widely broadcast. He is also Director of Music at St Peter's Church Hammersmith.

Most of our soloists and guest artists are long standing friends of the choir and established professional musicians who started their musical training and education in Salisbury.