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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.

Marko Sever, Organ Scholar

Marko Sever is a graduate of the Royal Academy of Music, where he studied the organ on scholarship under David Titterington and Gerard Brooks, winning prizes in organ playing, and academia. Having previously held positions at St Albans Cathedral (recording for the Naxos label), the London Oratory, and All Saints Margaret Street, he joined the Music Department at Westminster Cathedral, where he enjoys experiencing the day-to-day life of a busy Cathedral environment.

Since moving to the UK, he has performed at the Royal Albert Hall, the Royal Festival Hall, Westminster Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St George’s Hanover Square, Keble College Oxford, and St Marylebone Parish Church.

Marko is a prizewinning Fellow of the Royal College of Organists (FRCO), receiving Harding and Durrant Prizes for highest marks in paperwork.

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