Tom Wilkinson is University Organist and Director of Chapel Choirs at the University of St Andrews. Under his leadership, St Salvator’s Chapel Choir has gained an international reputation for powerfully committed performances backed up by innovative research. Born in 1985, he studied at St Mary’s Music School, Edinburgh, and was subsequently Organ Scholar of Truro Cathedral, Cornwall. In 2004 he took up the Organ Scholarship at The Queen’s College, Oxford, and graduated with first-class honours in Music in 2007. In the same year, Tom took the Fellowship Diploma of the Royal College of Organists. From 2008-9 he held the position of Assistant Director of Music at Chelmsford Cathedral. Tom holds a Master’s degree in Early Keyboard Performance, with distinction, from the University of Edinburgh, and is engaged in PhD study of the pedagogical outputs of J. S. Bach and his pupils, under the supervision of Professor John Butt. He is known as a fine exponent of contemporary music, having premiered music by James MacMillan and performed as concerto soloist with Scotland’s Red Note Ensemble. In 2015 Tom founded the Kellie Consort, which exists to provide pre-professional training and performance opportunities for young musicians with a connection to Scotland. For more information, please visit www.tomwilkinson.org.uk.
Sean Heath is Keyboardist in Residence at the University of St Andrews. Born in 1989, he studied at the Royal Academy of Music, London, and the University of Cambridge. A prize-winner in the FRCO exams, he gives concerts frequently across the UK and further afield. Since 2013 he has been a PhD student at St Andrews, where he accompanies St Salvator’s Chapel Choir for its busy schedule of services, concers, live radio broadcasts, recordings and foreign tours. He is a particular specialist in continuo playing and has worked with many leading figures in the world of early music, such as Laurence Cummings, Christophe Rousset, Margaret Faultless and Emma Kirkby as well as playing in ensembles such as the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra, the Kellie Consort and the Dartington Baroque Orchestra. Sean perfomes regularly on historic organs and harpsichords and has recently started to conduct from the keyboard, directing Handel’s Semele in the first fully-staged production of the St Andrews Opera Society.