Simon Johnson, Master of Music
Simon Johnson became Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral in September 2021, following thirteen years as the Organist and Assistant Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral. He was involved in all of the national occasions that took place at St Paul’s during this time, playing for Her Majesty the Queen, the Dalai Lama, as well as numerous Prime Ministers and Archbishops. An active recital schedule takes him regularly to the USA, as well as to many of the great venues in Europe. As a director he became well-known for establishing the reputation of the St Albans Abbey Girls’ Choir. He has also performed with groups such as the LSO, RPO, and The Sixteen, recorded for Decca, Hyperion and Chandos, been published by OUP and Peters, collaborated with NASA and the International Space Station, and worked on the Oscar-winning soundtrack for The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Peter Stevens, Assistant Master of Music
Peter Stevens is Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral. Born in Lancashire in 1987, he was educated at Chetham’s School of Music, subsequently holding organ scholarships at Manchester Cathedral, St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle, and King’s College, Cambridge. He came to Westminster Cathedral in 2010, taking up his present position the following year. As well as accompanying the Cathedral Choir in their daily services, recordings and concerts, he has given solo recitals across the UK and Europe. In 2013 he became Director of the Schola Cantorum of the Edington Festival, following three years as Festival Organist. His teachers have included Thomas Trotter, David Briggs, and Colin Walsh.
Christopher Too, Organ Scholar
Christopher Too is a Fellow of the Royal College of Organists, and is the Organ Scholar at Westminster Cathedral. Brought up in Bridlington, East Yorkshire, Chris began organ lessons as a chorister at Bridlington Priory under the then newly-founded Dr Martin Clarke Young Organ Scholars’ Trust. He was educated at Ampleforth College and has held organ scholarships at King’s and Jesus Colleges, Cambridge, and Gloucester and Salisbury Cathedrals, accompanying the choirs and performing in concerts, including broadcasts on BBC Radio 3. Chris is also the Organ Scholar for the Edington Festival, where he is the accompanist to the Schola Cantorum.