Claire Innes-Hopkins is Director of Chapel Choirs at the University of St Andrews, which includes conducting the highly acclaimed St Salvator’s Chapel Choir.
Claire was Organ Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where she read Music. After university Claire spent two years as Organ Scholar at Peterborough Cathedral, gaining her FRCO in the summer 2009. In 2010 she moved to Oxford to take up the post of Tutor to the Choristers at Magdalen College School, and Associate Organist at Magdalen College. Claire began her musical career as a chorister, and then moved to Christ’s Hospital for her sixth form studies, following which she took up the post of Assistant Organist at Winchester College for her gap year.
Moving to Lincoln Cathedral in 2011, her main responsibilities as Assistant Organist included accompanying the Cathedral Choir, training the probationary choristers, and conducting the chamber choir, Lincoln Cathedral Consort. For her swan-song upon leaving Lincoln at Easter 2014, Claire performed Giles Swayne’s virtuosic Stations of the Crosson Good Friday at Lincoln Cathedral, and was honoured that the composer attended the performance.
In April 2014, she took up the post of Assistant Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral, which included directing the girl choristers. In November 2017 Claire took on the role of Acting Director of Music at Rochester Cathedral, which included directing the boy choristers in addition to the girls.
Claire has extensive experience as a solo recitalist and an accompanist, playing at many cathedrals and concert halls, including St Paul’s, Westminster and Hereford cathedrals, and the Royal Albert Hall, where she performed Saint Saëns’ Organ Symphony, as well as playing for CD recordings and live radio broadcasts.
Claire is a Trinity College London theory examiner, and an ABRSM practical examiner. In her spare time Claire loves sport and currently plays hockey for Madras FPs Ladies 1st XI. Claire also sings, and is a soprano in the Holst Singers, conducted by Stephen Layton.
Sebastian Roberts is a second year German and Russian student. He developed an interest for the organ during his time as a chorister at Blackburn Cathedral. In 2014 he began organ lessons with the Director of Music, Samuel Hudson. From 2016 to 2020, he studied organ at the Junior Royal Northern College of Music with Simon Mercer, achieving Grade 8 distinction in Summer 2019. From 2017-2019, Seb attended the RCO’s “Organ Scholar Experience” course in Oxford and Cambridge, receiving organ tuition from prestigious organists including Daniel Moult, Matthew Owens and Simon Williams.In addition to playing the organ, Seb is a choral scholar in St Salvator’s Chapel Choir and has taken part in Gilbert and Sullivan productions, most recently as Frederick in “The Pirates of Penzance”. Seb is also an ardent composer. When he was 13, his composition “God Be In My Head” was performed by Blackburn Cathedral Choir on tour in Paris, at venues including “La Madaleine” and “La Trinité”.
Matthew McIlree is a fourth year Campbell Watterson Organ Scholar at the University of St. Andrews, where he has taken up both piano and organ scholarships alongside his degree in mathematics and computer science. He began learning piano and violin in 2005 and achieved a place at the Music School of Douglas Academy in 2012. There, he took up organ and studied with David Hamilton from 2013, having been introduced to the instrument at his local church. He regularly accompanies services sung by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir under the direction of Claire Innes-Hopkins. Matthew has always enjoyed collaborative piano and organ, and is looking to make the most of accompaniment opportunities St Andrews has to offer.
Michael Chamberlain is a first-year Campbell Watterson Organ Scholar at the University of St Andrews, where he studies Mathematics. He took up the organ in 2013 at his local church in Olney, Buckinghamshire, and has since studied organ under Anne Marsden Thomas and James Parsons. He also holds a University piano scholarship, having gained a distinction for his ARSM diploma under the tutelage of Adrian Boynton. In addition to regularly accompanying services sung by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, he sings Tenor I in the University’s Madrigal Group, is an accompanist for the Gilbert and Sullivan society, and is also a published composer, having won the Northampton & District Organists’ Association’s Centenary Composition Competition with his piece Flourish for an Occasion, written for solo organ.
Freddie Frostwick began his musical career as a cathedral chorister, first at Truro Cathedral for a year, and then at Westminster Abbey between the years 2010 and 2014. With Westminster Abbey, he toured to Rome and Hungary, sang at nationally televised state occasions, and made a number of recordings under the Hyperion label.
In 2014 Freddie joined Bryanston School as a music scholar where he began his organ studies under Graham Scott, alongside studies in piano, violin, viola and singing. During his time at Bryanston, Freddie performed solos at venues including St Paul’s Church, Knightsbridge, and Christchurch Priory. He also toured to Hong-Kong as part of a horn trio (piano). He has attended both the Royal College of Organists and Oundle for Organists summer courses and received tuition from internationally acclaimed organists including Nathan Laube, Christian Wilson, Henry Fairs, Margaret Phillips and Ann-Elise Smoot.
For the academic year of 2019-2020, Freddie was organ scholar at St. Paul’s Within the Walls Episcopal Church, Rome, where he both accompanied and directed various choirs in the musical life of the church and the city.
Freddie is currently a Campbell Watterson Organ Scholar at St Andrews University, where he is completing his undergraduate studies in Classics.
Ailsa Calder – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Anna Collins – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Charlotte-May Tomlinson – Mary Simmers Choral Scholarship
Emily Kemp – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Imogen Miller – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Mika Brett – Mary Carpenter Choral Scholarship
Natalie Klaes – Alan Chalmers Choral Scholarship
Sarah Greer – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Catriona Kadirkamanathan – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Harry Street – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Holly Bonwitt-Marsh– Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Isabelle Cory – Alan Chalmers Choral Scholarship
Joanna Philips – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Mira Mansfield – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Rebekah Loughran – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Duncan Tarboton – Alan Chalmers Choral Scholarship
Hector Revill – Cedric Thorpe Davie Choral Scholarship
Hunter Garrison – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
James McNinch – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Sebastian Filho – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Seb Roberts – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Brannon Liston-Smith – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Caspar Bogie – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Dillon Whitehead – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Harry Edey – Bursary Choral Scholarship
Guy Minch – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship
Ed Chambler – Heather C Higgins Scholarship
Nic Field – John C Hall Choral Scholarship
Tim Burgess – Heather C Higgins Choral Scholarship