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.
Ben read Music at Oxford University and was Senior Organ Scholar at St. Peter's College, having organ lessons with Stephen Farr and conducting tuition from Jeremy Summerly and Paul Spicer. He graduated in 2018 and now works as a freelance musician and tutor and is studying accountancy in his spare time. Ben is accompanist for Salisbury Community Choir and Director of Music for the Woodford Valley, and is also the Diocesan “Pipe Up” organ teacher for Salisbury.
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.