Christopher Allsop is the Assistant Director of Music of Worcester Cathedral, where he directs the girl choristers, assists with the training of the boy choristers and accompanies the Cathedral Choir. Christopher was born and educated in London, and held Organ Scholarships at St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Trafalgar Square, St. George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle and Trinity College, Cambridge, studying the organ with Philip Berg, Richard Dunster-Sigtermans, Iain Simcock and David Sanger. After a year teaching for the University Music Faculty and Assistant Organist at Great St. Mary’s, Cambridge, Christopher moved to Birmingham in 1997. As Assistant Organist of the Cathedral and Organist of the Blue Coat School, Edgbaston, he accompanied the Cathedral Choir on many broadcasts, tours and recordings and taught organ, piano and class music at school. He also founded and directed the New Birmingham Scholars Chamber Choir, taught at Birmingham Conservatoire, and regularly played for various local choirs including Ex Cathedra and Birmingham Bach Choir. In 2004 Christopher took up the post of Assistant Organist at Worcester Cathedral and Music Teacher at The King’s School, becoming the full-time Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral in 2012. Christopher is also Festival Organist for the Worcester Three Choirs Festival, and Assistant Conductor and Repetiteur for the Worcester Festival Choral Society. Christopher is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and works frequently as a conductor and continuo player, particularly with Armonico Consort, Kidderminster Choral Society and Sing UK. His debut solo CD was released in September 2014 as part of Regent Records English Cathedrals Series, and has already attracted enthusiastic reviews: “… Allsop’s own transcription of the Festive Overture combines impressive virtuosity with a richly colourful and at times brilliant organ sound.” (Gramophone Nov. 2014); “…a perfect conclusion to an outstanding recital.” (International Record Review Nov. 2014).
After first singing tenor in the award-winning Berkshire Youth Choir, Nicholas Drew was awarded a Choral Scholarship in the Chapel Choir of Queens’ College, Cambridge, where he read Modern and Medieval Languages. He then sang in the choir of St Mary the Virgin Nottingham whilst completing his Masters Degree, and for some years has been a regular fixture as Evangelist in their alternating Good Friday performances of Bach’s St Matthew and St John Passion – the Nottingham Evening Post described his performance as “beautifully enunciated and full of emotional intensity”. Now in Birmingham, he is in high demand as a recitalist, soloist and consort singer around the West Midlands region, and is a member of Ex Cathedra, Ensemble Sine Nomine and the Proteus Ensemble. He is a Deputy Lay Clerk in the Cathedral choirs of Birmingham (St Philip’s), Worcester and Lichfield. As a soloist, his repertoire incudes a broad range of sacred oratorio, light opera and chamber works. Amongst other CDs, he has recorded rediscovered works by Alessandro Scarlatti with Emma Kirkby, and a disc of music and readings for remembrance with the Proteus Ensemble, which featured at the 2014 Three Choirs Festival. Away from the concert platform, he maintains a lively interest in politics, and follows (increasingly distantly) the varying fortunes of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club.